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January - February 2013

‘Celebration of Life’ comforts grieving parents

More than 250 grieving parents from the church and surrounding area attended the 2012 service on Sept. 23. Read More

‘Chuck Knows Church’ and you will, too

"Chuck Knows Church" answers the questions of people unfamiliar with the objects, symbols and terms used in church. Read More

...and the disciples asked, ‘Teach us to Pray’

The Rev. Tom Albin, dean of The Upper Room Ministries and ecumenical relations, and the Rev. Kathy Noble, editor of Interpreter, exchanged some basic questions and answers as we ask... Read More

About prayer and learning to pray

Each issue of Interpreter this year will include books and other resources produced by The Upper Room related to the prayer practice featured. Read More

Arkansas ministry helps addict change life

Pointing to a pretty brick bungalow near Little Rock, Ark.'s, historic Central High School, Monte Payne says proudly, "That's mine." Read More

Bullying happens in church. Don’t ignore it!

Bullying is fast becoming a national epidemic in the United States—and churches are not immune as settings where attacks occur. Read More

Easter — Reveling in the Resurrection

After Easter, United Methodists reflect on Jesus' appearances With all the Lenten and Holy Week traditions and the excitement surrounding the main event — a glorious Easter Sunday celebration — the weeks... Read More

First Thoughts: We do; we pray

I have often reflected on her idea that what we do is often our prayer. Read More

Hurricane Sandy: ‘They were beyond human’

Joann DeLuca was in what she describes as a "state of confusion" when an Early Response Team (ERT) from the United Methodist Committee on Relief visited her home in Union... Read More

Hurricane Sandy: How to help with the recovery

Watch annual conference websites and inform disaster response coordinators in the affected conferences of your availability when they are scheduling work teams to help with the recovery Read More

Hurricane Sandy: Where donations are going

As of Nov. 29, UMCOR had issued the following grants to help Hurricane Sandy survivors directly. Read More

INM Update: Imagine No Malaria is changing lives, changing the church

Committing to the fight against malaria in Africa is the largest undertaking ever by The United Methodist Church. Read More

Local produce yields tasty dishes

The smell of fresh strawberry shortcake, roasted vegetables and cooked meat lingers in the fellowship hall of Carrboro Read More

Media Matters: Lent books

It's time to begin choosing the devotional books and studies you and your church will use during Lent. Ash Wednesday is Feb. 13. Read More

Media Matters: UMCOR app

The new app for the United Methodist Committee on Relief is available free for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. Read More

New Year’s resolution: Buy fair trade

Doing so helps ensure the laborers and farmers who provide those products receive a fair wage, said June Kim, hunger and poverty executive for the United Methodist Committee on Relief ... Read More

Nigerian, Eurasian bishops join Class of 2012

United Methodists, gathered in Lithuania and Nigeria this fall, added Bishop John Wesley Yohanna and Bishop Eduard Khegay to The United Methodist Church's episcopal class of 2012. Read More

Online training for leaders

Free webinars throughout January will assist new church leaders in learning their roles—and provide experienced leaders with new ideas Read More

Reflections: Homosexuality/GC2012

With this issue, we have completed two cycles of letters supporting and disagreeing with the church's stance on homosexuality and General Conference 2012's action on legislation concerning this. Read More

Remember your baptism, reaffirm your vows, recommit your life

Reaffirmation can be "a bridge to help people who are struggling, needing to know that God remembers them and loves them and they can start over." Read More

Teach us to pray: A Prayer-filled Journey

With this issue, Interpreter and The Upper Room launch a yearlong project including articles in the print and digital magazines, webinars and conversation and other content on the "Teach Us... Read More

Teaching children to pray

"Bible stories and prayer are the two greatest gifts we can give to children," said the Rev. Leanne Hadley, minister to children and their families at First United Methodist Church. Read More

Thousands of Sandy survivors know United Methodists care

Sometimes, the number most on the minds of Hurricane Sandy survivors is one: them against the world—until the church touches their lives. Read More

Violence in Churches

The most frequent triggers are domestic violence spilling over to the church, personal conflict involving non-related church members and robbery. Read More

Webinars to go deeper

Throughout 2013, The Upper Room, United Methodist Communications and Interpreter will host a series of webinars, web-based conversations to let you learn more about topics in the "Teach Us to Pray"... Read More