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September-October 2017


Faith should be the constant undergirding of our actions and atttitudes. United Methodists explore how the vocation to which their faith calls them is lived out through their occupations and other channels.


Faith undergirds attitudes, actions in the workplace

Everyone carries a belief structure into the workplace. What it is shapes the attitudes of United Methodists and others toward their work. Read More


Pastor Laura Vincent leads the children's time during worship at Shiloh United Methodist Church near Clinton, Kentucky. Helping children see that they are unique and created for a purpose is part of developing a culture of call in local churches. United Methodist Communications photo by Mike DuBose

Creating a culture of call

United Methodists urged to ask early and ask often when encouraging people to explore God's call to them. Read More


Ben Papa: Making peace during divorce

Attorney Ben Papa seeks to change the conversation about divorce. Read More


Aly King: Living Christ’s love

Aly King may not be able to talk about her faith in her workplace, but she can act on it -- and does, daily. Read More


Gary Walden: Called to Serve

A long career in the cosmetology industry gives this hairstylist opportunities to fulfill his call to serve. Read More


Jaime Gallaga: Faith leads to service

Since his baptism, construction worker Jaime Gallaga has worked on God's behalf whenever and wherever he can. Read More


Carlenda Smith: Love, care for all

Prayer guided Dr. Carlenda Smith as she prepared to be a physician; prayer sustains her in her practice. Read More

Social Justice

The Rev. Mark Galang (second from right) joins a demonstration advocating a living wage for workers at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Courtesy photo

Valuing work and workers part of UM social witness

United Methodists have long supported workers and workplace justice. They were the basis of the church's 1908 Social Creed. Read More


Michael Rashon Adkins with two former students. Courtesy photo

Teachers have a calling to their schools

Three United Methodist teachers tell how they live their faith daily in their classrooms. Read More


As the Hamline Community Bread Oven pizza bakers, the Rev. Nancy Victorin-Vangerud, left, and Hamline students learn skills of hospitality and baking for their neighborhood. Courtesy photo

Campus ministers connect career, ministry options

Campus ministry helps students discover ways to live out their calls, regardless of occupation. Read More

Church Life

Unusual staff positions benefit churches

Innovative ministries let leaders bring secular occupations into church settings. Read More

United Methodist History

Artist Ferdinand Pauwels’ 1872 piece “Luther Posting the 95 Theses” depicts Martin Luther’s act in 1517. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

The Reformation and the Wesleys: A complex relationship

John Wesley added sanctification to Reformation theology's emphasis on justification by faith. Read More

United Methodist Connection

German UMs join Reformation observance

United Methodists in Germany are participating in activities marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Read More

United Methodism

Volunteers from The Gathering United Methodist Church carry the Literacy Project throughout their city, helping St. Louis public school students improve their reading skills. Photo courtesy of The Gathering

To Be a Witness (United Methodist-style)

When we agree to "witness," United Methodists say they will live their membership vows publicly. Read More

Publisher's Pate

Interpreter Magazine covers. United Methodist Communications photo by Kathleen Barry

Publisher’s Page: As times change…

After 48 years, Interpreter will cease publication at the end of 2017. Read More

It Worked for Us

PBJ Breakfast gets students ready for school

Students started, continue to grow weekly prayer breakfast before school. Read More

It Worked for Us

Angels fill the yard of North Raleigh United Methodist Church in North Carolina during the Advent and Christmas seasons. Photo by Sue Ellen Rosen

Angels in the yard provide honor, comfort

Angels honoring and memorializing friends and family members light up a church yard every December. Read More

It Worked for Us

Fridays bring food trucks, fundraising

Food Truck Fridays let church welcome neighbors while raising funds for missions. Read More


WAYS: How do you carry your faith or practice being a disciple of Jesus Christ in your workplace?

Action, prayer groups. Christian symbols and openness to others are among the ways United Methodists carry their faith into the workplace. Read More

Personal Story

I Am United Methodist: Tammy Lovell

United Methodist teacher Tammy Lovell loves the children she teaches in public school and at church. Read More


Rhonda Sweet. Photo courtesy of Super Profesh

Technology: Getting people into The Mix

Putting its extra space to use, this church fills The Mix with technology to support budding entrepreneurs. Read More