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- IdentityToday’s Reflection EVERY PERSON has the ability to be a minister. We all are called to make love our aim and to bear witness to the power of love in the world. Ministry isn’t only work for “professionals”—that is, pastors, church employees, missionaries, or those who give their lives to serve the least among us. […]
- Those with MoneyToday’s Reflection WHEN THOSE WITH MONEY and those who need money share a mission, we see a central sign of new life in the Spirit of Christ. We belong together in our work because Jesus has brought us together, and our fruitfulness depends on staying connected with him. Jesus tells us: “I am the vine, […]
- I DeclareToday’s Reflection I RECENTLY ATTENDED a church service where several adults were baptized. As part of this ritual, each one of them was asked to affirm his or her choice to be baptized by declaring several sentences that included the words, “I declare my courage to participate in the building of the reign of God […]
- Cameroon women assist internally displaced peopleAs violence forces women and children to seek refuge in the bush, and the United Methodist Women Association Cameroon is reaching out to help internally displaced people.
- Conferences mull denomination’s futureDuring summer regional meetings, U.S. United Methodists discussed splitting or sticking with the denomination.
- Strategizing to fight HIV, AIDS in West AfricaThirty delegates from Côte d'Ivoire, Liberia, Nigeria, Rwanda and the U.S. attended a United Methodist summit in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.
- Coffin, former Judicial Council member, dies at 95The Rev. Wayne Coffin, Oklahoma Conference, served on The United Methodist Church’s top court from 1980-96.
- Urgency needed to combat climate changeUnited Methodists agreed at a conference on climate change that the church must be more systemic and aggressive to help keep the planet Earth supporting human life.
- Mozambique young adults save lives by donating bloodYoung adults in Mozambique make a lifesaving decision to address a shortage of blood in public hospitals.
- Deacon went from superheroes to GodThe Rev. Mike Friedrich is a United Methodist deacon with a Marvel-ous past. These days, the former comic book writer works to redevelop church properties in the California-Nevada Conference.
- Immigrant in United Methodist church fined $214,000Maria Chavalan Sut has been in sanctuary at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church since Oct. 1, 2018. Sut is one of several immigrants who received fines from the federal government.
- Church members donate salaries to build churchIn the Congo, where the average annual income is $400, United Methodists raise $2.5 million.
- 2 bishops offer plan for denomination’s futureTo deal with schism-threatening conflict over homosexuality, Bishops Bard and Jones favor making The United Methodist Church an umbrella for self-governing church groups.