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Featured Stories from January-February 2017

January - February 2017


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Abundant Health

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Body, mind and spirit connect to create abundant life

For abundant life, the three parts that make humans human -- body, mind and spirit -- will all be in harmony. Read More

Abundant Health Mission

E.C. Tyree Health and Dental Clinic-Wichita, Kansas

Clinic offers care for the whole person

For 30 years, the E. C. Tyree Health and Dental clinic has emphasized medical care, prevention and patient education. Read More

Abundant Health

Woman meditating

Spiritual direction nurturing the journey toward God

Spiritual direction offers companionship as one makes the spiritual journey drawing nearer and nearer to God. Read More

Abundant Health Outreach

Alzheimer’s program boosts more than the brain

Activities exercising their bodies and their minds are offered to members of the Brain Fitness Club for people with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. Read More

Abundant Health Outreach

support for transitioning foster youth

Arizona church helps foster youth transition to adulthood

Youth aging out of foster care programs face challenges when it comes to finding meaningful work. United Methodists in Arizona are providing cars, clothing and coaching. Read More

Abundant Health

Breaking the taboo: The church and mental illness

Churches are places of refuge, places where spiritual families can talk about anything -- even mental illness. But, even in church, stigmas continue and conversation about mental illness can be more than difficult. Read More

Abundant Health Congregation

Health Fair - FUMC, Gilford, NH

Faith community nurses minister at grassroots

Faith community nurses focus on holistic care of the spirit and body, emphasizing health promotion and illness prevention. In United Methodist congregations, some nurses are members of church staffs while others serve as volunteers. Read More

Abundant Health

Meditating at Manidoan Camp and Retreat Center

Patterning Jesus: Get away and rest

If Jesus could find time for rest, prayer and time apart, shouldn't his followers do the same? That is why United Methodists are avid supporters of camping and retreat ministry. Read More

Abundant Health

Prayer at New Day  Camp

Camp: A gift for those with special needs

People throughout The United Methodist Church have a special calling to make sure all children and youth – including those with special needs – are able to experience camp. Read More

United Methodist Heritage

John Wesley's exercise hourse

Wesley and physical health: Practicing what he preached

John Wesley cared deeply about his followers’ spiritual health; he also offered advice for good physical health. Read More

Abundant Health Congregation

Physical fitness at Carson UMC in Iowa

Sweat is evidence of body stewardship

Pastor’s emphasis on physical fitness builds bodies -- and Body of Christ -- at Carson United Methodist Church in Iowa. Read More

Abundant Health Outreach

Teen MOPS -- Lafayette, Inc.

Teen moms get support, encouragement

Being a mom to a preschooler is hard. It is especially hard for a teenager who is still trying to grow up herself. A ministry called Teen MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) is helping. Read More

Abundant Health Focus

Nigeria - mother and child at Mutum Byu Clinic

‘Our promise to children’ driving Abundant Health focus

United Methodists are uniting around a new global health focus -- Abundant Health: Our Promise to Children. It emphasizes child/maternal health and a 10-K Church Challenge. Read More

Abundant Health Mission

Kenya - football for slum youth

Football promotes health among Kenyan slum youth

Ministry with slum youth in Kenya combines fun of learning football skills with education about health issues and ways to improve health. Read More

Abundant Health Focus

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Churches can reclaim role of promoting good health

Promoting healthy living locally to be among goals for 10,000 partner churches as part of The United Methodist Church's new Abundant Health initiative. Read More

Personal Story

Donna Rhodes - author - from woman at the well to well woman

From Woman at the Well to well woman

Spending time with her now, no one would imagine the horrors Donna Rhodes once lived. Today, she shares her story to help others see the hope of Christ. Read More

United Methodist Heritage

Af-Amer Methodist Heritage Center

African-American Methodist Heritage Center celebrates 15th anniversary

Fifteen years from its founding, the African-American Methodist Heritage Center is a growing repository of papers, journals, photos and more that preserve a legacy. Read More


MLK Memorial

A Letter to Martin Luther King Jr.—2017

In his annual birthday letter to the Rev. Martin Luther King J., Bishop Woodie White urges striving for a more beloved community in the face of exclusiveness and division. Read More

Human Relations Day

Church helps struggling 5th graders thrive

United Methodists in Texas use Human Relations Day grant to help elementary students achieve their potential, prepare for later success in school. Read More

United Methodism

Bishop Torio - re-election - 2016 Phiippines

Three bishops re-elected in the Philippines

United Methodists in the Philippines have re-elected three bishops as their episcopal leaders for the 2017-2020 quadrennium. Read More


Lent this year begins on Ash Wednesday, March 1, and continues until sunset on Saturday, April 15.

Preparing for Lent

New devotional books and studies from Abingdon Press and The Upper Room and other new resources can help make Lent 2017 meaningful. Read More

Publisher's Page

Publisher’s Page: Abundant health, abundant living

Rooted in Jesus' promise of abundant life for all and our Wesleyan heritage, The United Methodist Church is working to ensure that abundant health is available to all of God's children. Read More

It Worked for Us

Kayak ministry - Mandarin UMC, Jacksonville, FL

‘Kayaking with Jeff’

A kayaking-based United Methodist outreach ministry brings people together for adventures on the water, experiences of nature – and worship. Read More

It Worked for Us

Joy of Movement - Desert Spring UMC, Las Vegas, Nevada

Dancing with Parkinson’s

The Joy of Movement dance class enriches lives of people with Parkinson's Disease. Read More

It Worked for Us

Recycle for a Reason - R4R - Alaska

Recycle for a reason

Monthly sale of recyclables keeps good items out of the trash, provides necessities at low cost and benefits other organizations and ministries. Read More

It Worked for Us

Candles are part of many of the Sacred Space stations at Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church during Holy Week. Photo courtesy of Dianne Lawhorn.

Enter Sacred Space during Holy Week

Sacred Space ministry during Holy Week allows experiencing God's presence through diverse approaches to spiritual formation. Read More


‘Vital Conversations’ study guides available

When churches want to help heal societal divisions, Vital Conversations study guides from the General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR) can help. Read More


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‘Ask the UMC’ is new answer site

"Ask the UMC" provides answers to topical questions United Methodists and others ask about the denomination. Read More

We Asked/You Said

WAYS: What is your prayer as the New Year 2017 begins?

United Methodists are lifting prayers for their church, their country and its leaders, peace, justice and more as the New Year begins. Read More

I Am United Methodist

Amanda Vogt

I Am United Methodist: Amanda Vogt

Young adult United Methodist Amanda Vogt from Missouri finds common values between her congregation and scouting programs. Read More


Soccer team - Chapelwood UMC - Houston

Technology: Get fit - technology can help

While increasing use of technology can be blamed for decreasing fitness, it can also be a aid to improving one's health Read More

To Be United Methodist

Primitive physick

To Be United Methodist: Primitive Physic

Much of the advice and counsel regarding good health that John Wesley offered through Primitive Physick is similar to that of today's health care providers. Read More