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May - June 2016


United Methodist connection

Preaching to the congregation of Urban Abbey, a United Methodist congregation meeting in a coffee shop in Omaha, Nebraska, is the Rev. Debra McKnight. Photo courtesy of Urban Abbey. This has been cropped from the original by United Methodist Communications.

Grants Help Churches Get Noticed

For more than a decade, new United Methodist congregations have had the opportunity to apply for a new church start grant from United Methodist Communications. Read More

United Methodist connection

Brian Terrell (early 1990s photo)

Pastor, congregation journey with man on death row

It was Holy Week 2015. At Grace United Methodist Church, Covington, Georgia, the Rev. George Lanier was preaching about Christ's journey to the cross. Choir member Barbara A. Terrell-Humphreys became very emotional. Read More

United Methodist connection

Hammerfest, Norway, is home to the world’s northernmost United Methodist ministry. Photo by Karl Anders Ellingsen

Northernmost United Methodist congregation thrives

North of the Arctic Circle, this church in Hammerfest, Norway gives young people a warm reception. Read More

United Methodist connecttion

Signs in English and Spanish identify the Water Resource Center at Asbury United Methodist Church in Flint, Michigan. Asbury is one of eight churches providing filters, test kits and other supplies.

Hope for the long haul in Flint

The water crisis in Flint, Michigan, has moved in and out of headlines across the United States, but the human need and compassionate response have remained constant. Read More

United Methodist connection

Moshashai, a Farsi Christian, translates during a Thursday Bible study group for refugees in the Messstetten Admission Camp. United Methodists and members of an Evangelical Community Church work with the refugees.

Being the hands of ‘Christus’ in Germany: Welcoming the stranger

Refugees are human beings. That, in short, is the reason United Methodists in Germany are welcoming Syrian (and other) refugees into their country and their churches, said Bishop Rosemarie Wenner. Read More

United Methodist connection

UMCOR suports child-friendly spaces in camps for Syrian refugees living in Turkey.

UMCOR Aiding Uprooted Syrians

Last November, Bishop Scott Jones of the Great Plains Conference announced that more than 30 churches in Kansas and Nebraska were ready and willing to welcome Syrian refugee families to their communities. Read More

United Methodist connection

Friends join Chuck “Cold Turkey” Jones (front row, second from left) at Amicalola Falls in Dawsonville, Georgia. Sending him off were (back row, from left) Dave

Appalachian Trail chaplain engaged in ups and downs of journeys

Chuck Jones being on the banks of the spring at that moment, in what he called a "random, but God-appointed, encounter," is why the Appalachian Trail Chaplaincy exists. Read More

United Methodist connection

Mary Johnson Feeding Program - Philippines

Bowls of hope feed kids’ bodies, moms’ spirits

Answering call to begin feeding program for children takes Filipino nurse Marisel Tondo from Mary Johnston Hospital to streets of Manila -- and continues the tradition of women in mission. Read More


Leading your community when disaster strikes

Our churches and districts must be prepared to respond to tragedy -- whether natural disaster or acts of violence. Here are five ways to prepare for events we pray never come. Read More

Publisher's Page

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Publisher’s Page: United we help millions

As General Conference 2016 meets, there will be celebration of what has been accomplished by United Methodists -- and a discerning of God's answer to "what's next" for The United Methodist Church. Read More

It Worked for Us

Brats for college seniors

More than 700 grilled brats were eaten by Bradley University seniors in a three-hour period and let’s not forget the chips and drinks that accompanied the brats cradled in hot dog buns. Read More

I am United Methodist

Billie K. Fidlin

I Am United Methodist: Billie K. Fidlin

When Billie K. Fidlin was a high school senior, her mom became terminally ill. Although her family did not attend worship regularly, their United Methodist church, especially the pastor, stepped in to help. Read More