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United Methodists fight COVID-19 around the globe
Communicators for The United Methodist Church in Africa and the Philippines share what the church is doing in their regions to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Wednesday, April 08, 2020 10:57:16 AM

How a new law helps churches amid COVID-19
Under the U.S. CARES Act, churches are eligible to apply for small business loans to keep staff on the payroll and utilities functioning. Here is how the program works.
Tuesday, April 07, 2020 3:25:26 PM

Chaplains comfort and share grief during COVID-19
As infections and deaths from the coronavirus mount, chaplains are challenged to do their jobs in a world where physical contact is forbidden.
Tuesday, April 07, 2020 11:36:04 AM

COVID-19 challenges programs in North Macedonia
A United Methodist-run social center in North Macedonia that operates several food programs is struggling to find food, supplies and funds to pay for them.
Tuesday, April 07, 2020 11:12:01 AM

Prayers, donations help in aftermath of storms
March storms left behind lots of damage, but because of COVID-19, church leaders are urging safety first, cleanup later.
Monday, April 06, 2020 12:21:31 PM

Solar power improves care at United Methodist hospital
Doctors in Kabongo, Congo, had to perform surgeries and treat emergency patients by candlelight before a new solar panel station was installed.
Monday, April 06, 2020 11:26:32 AM

On West Coast, a glimmer of hope
United Methodists impacted by early coronavirus outbreaks hope the curve is flattening.
Friday, April 03, 2020 1:41:13 PM

Being the church at epicenter of US pandemic
United Methodist leaders paint a sobering picture of the coronavirus impact on New York and New Jersey but also show the church is still at work.
Friday, April 03, 2020 1:22:00 PM

Mississippi church property dispute settled
The Mississippi Conference and a Louisville, Mississippi, congregation settled a 2-year lawsuit filed after most of the congregation voted to leave The United Methodist Church.
Thursday, April 02, 2020 4:19:57 PM

Caldwell still on staff, preaching after guilty plea
Former Houston megachurch pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell awaits sentencing but remains a lay preacher and staff member at Windsor Village United Methodist.
Thursday, April 02, 2020 3:44:56 PM

Filipino pastors fear for safety
Church leaders condemn attempts to intimidate pastors involved in social justice work.
Thursday, April 02, 2020 12:17:52 PM

Churches improvise as different Holy Week looms
With COVID-19 restrictions in place, United Methodists will gather online for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter, keeping the faith in ways old and new.
Wednesday, April 01, 2020 3:55:47 PM

AU shifts to online classes, some students stay on campus
The United Methodist university is practicing social distancing to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Wednesday, April 01, 2020 10:18:13 AM

Enforced COVID-19 isolation recalls days in prison
The Rev. Thomas Kim reflects on how the enforced isolation recalls his time in prison. While that isolation is hard to take, he writes that it is nearly impossible to take the racism and xenophobia aimed at Asian Americans.
Wednesday, April 01, 2020 10:07:36 AM

Pandemic presents challenge to church giving
Churches still must collect an offering even when social distancing means they can’t pass the plate. But church leaders also want to be sensitive to the faithful’s own economic needs.
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 1:09:11 PM

Voice of Hope radio extends reach in Côte d’Ivoire
Bishop Boni announced the news of a new frequency in Abengourou during a celebration of the radio station’s 10th anniversary.
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 12:04:56 PM

God’s role in times of crisis
Humanity has never found a good explanation for why there is suffering in the world. Why do so many seem to accept that bad answers are better than no answers?
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 11:09:16 AM

Rev. Joseph Lowery, civil rights leader, dead at 98
The Rev. Joseph Lowery, a United Methodist pastor who walked with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., died at his home in Atlanta on March 27.
Monday, March 30, 2020 2:55:42 PM

Lowery celebrates 90 years of blessings
A Q&A with United Methodist pastor and civil rights icon, the Rev. Joseph E. Lowery, from 2011. The Rev. Lowery passed away March 27, 2020.
Monday, March 30, 2020 10:36:00 AM

Wrestling with budget after GC2020 postponed
Finance leaders decided they had no choice but to extend the 2016 General Conference’s budget directives. But they also recognize the financial challenges caused by COVID-19.
Friday, March 27, 2020 4:11:05 PM

Podcasts give churches ‘germ-free’ way to minister
Podcasts have grown in popularity for years, and some United Methodists find them an ideal way to minister when meeting in person isn’t an option.
Friday, March 27, 2020 12:56:00 PM

Weddings, funerals altered by virus restrictions
United Methodist funerals, memorial services, weddings are getting postponed or downsized in emergency period.
Thursday, March 26, 2020 11:17:04 AM

Helping children during the COVID-19 crisis
Sheltering in place is confusing for children accustomed to daily contact with friends and teachers. Church leaders offer advice on how to help them cope.
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 10:52:18 AM

Possible steps after General Conference delay
A global pandemic has postponed General Conference, but the former Judicial Council president argues there is still work that cannot wait a year.
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 2:22:09 PM

No travel? Not a problem for mission board
Across time zones, directors of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries made a virtual trip to Atlanta for their spring meeting.
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 1:54:10 PM

Zimbabwe church keeps diaspora connected
The Zimbabwe Episcopal Area has planted churches in Australia, Scotland, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland and the United Arab Emirates.
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 10:23:46 AM

BMCR focuses on separation plans, leadership views
The African American caucus of The United Methodist Church endorsed the protocol plan for amicable separation of the denomination.
Monday, March 23, 2020 12:56:21 PM

Updated: Looking at new General Conference dates
General Conference organizers met in closed session to explore when they could reschedule the lawmaking assembly after the coronavirus-compelled delay.
Saturday, March 21, 2020 2:52:25 PM

In GC2020 delay, leaders see needed pause
General Conference delegates and bishops see the postponement as necessary. Responding to COVID-19 pandemic now takes priority.
Friday, March 20, 2020 1:11:34 PM

Church leaders postpone 2020 General Conference
With the venue that was scheduled to host is canceling large events through May 10, General Conference organizers decided they have no choice but to find new dates.
Friday, March 20, 2020 10:08:00 AM

Spotlighting black heroes in children’s books
A new children’s book tells the story of Methodist minister Charles A. Tindley, who worked his way up from childhood poverty to become a respected clergyman and hymn songwriter.
Thursday, March 19, 2020 11:44:04 AM

Small churches undaunted by virus challenges
Despite coronavirus outbreak, United Methodist clergy and churches are finding ways to connect for worship, study and ministry.
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 3:55:32 PM

Ebola offers lessons in fighting coronavirus in Sierra Leone
United Methodist hospitals among those gearing up as coronavirus concerns grow in the West African country.
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 2:30:36 PM

Churches overcome social distancing to continue outreach
The continuing spread of COVID-19 is challenging pastors to consider how to do outreach when personal contact is temporarily difficult.
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 3:12:30 PM

Coronavirus disrupts 17 Filipino annual conference sessions
Due to the threat of the coronavirus and quarantines in the region, the annual gatherings have been postponed indefinitely.
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 12:56:04 PM

Virus alters but does not stop Sunday worship
United Methodist churches around the U.S. began to adjust to what it means to be a worshipping community during the coronavirus outbreak.
Monday, March 16, 2020 5:11:44 PM

Churches adapting to COVID-19 restrictions
For United Methodist churches and conferences, that can mean temporarily suspending all in-person worship, activities and events.
Friday, March 13, 2020 3:28:10 PM

Updated: Bishops ask postponement of GC2020
Because of the coronavirus, United Methodist bishops are asking General Conference organizers for the delay.
Friday, March 13, 2020 3:27:00 PM

Solar lamps ease work of clergy, students in Nigeria
The four conferences of the Nigeria Episcopal Area received hundreds of solar systems to be used in United Methodist churches, homes and schools.
Friday, March 13, 2020 10:30:00 AM

8 bishops join in planning new denomination
Recent meeting brought together a range of traditionalist leaders to clarify what a separating church should look like.
Thursday, March 12, 2020 4:55:11 PM

‘Sacred Trust’ report touts local church leadership
United Methodism should consider returning to its roots by relying more on lay people and ordained local ministers, deacons and elders, according to a church report.
Thursday, March 12, 2020 2:29:56 PM

Houston megachurch pastor pleads guilty
The Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell, leader of largest United Methodist congregation, admits to role in investment scheme.
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 6:06:05 PM

Potential split leads to deep budget cuts
The United Methodist finance agency’s board narrowly approved reductions to an already slashed denominational budget. The result would be the smallest budget since 1988.
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 3:45:54 PM

Preaching the Gospel in busy marketplace
Zimbabwean urban church starts lunch-hour services to bring Jesus to market traders, shoppers and others.
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 11:13:06 AM

Adjusting to coronavirus threat
United Methodist churches, conferences take precautions as exposure to the virus becomes a reality.
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 4:00:00 PM

In a time of crisis, reassurance without fear
Pastors and other congregational leaders can play a major role in helping older adults adjust to the coronavirus crisis.
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 3:00:00 PM

‘Liberation Methodist Church’ idea gets hearing
UM-Forward meeting in Dallas works on two tracks, including one for those ready to form a new, liberationist denomination.
Monday, March 09, 2020 4:48:48 PM

Church members worship together after tornadoes
Church members in Tennessee gathered to find comfort and inspiration in worship after tornadoes killed dozens and caused extensive property damage in Middle Tennessee.
Monday, March 09, 2020 3:36:09 PM

Sierra Leone Conference approves protocol
At the 2020 United Methodist Sierra Leone Conference, members voted to approve the Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation.
Friday, March 06, 2020 4:20:04 PM

 

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