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Collections of articles related to a specific topic (i.e., prayer, themens of grace, so forth).

United Methodist Women from Trinity United Methodist Church in Gainesvillle, Florida, demonstrated the huddle to intercept human trafficking during a November 2014 district meeting.

Fight will continue until none are trafficked

"Our mission is that we believe that everybody has a right to live as whole persons through Jesus Christ," she said. "Those who are at risk of labor and sexual... Read More

David Bean (right) prepares to introduce Wesleyan Building Brothers to a gathering of men from the Methodist Church in Cuba. Several years ago, Bean introduced the program — endorsed by United Methodist Men — to his congregation.

Wesleyan Building Brothers creates relationships

When Gil Hanke agreed to participate in Building Brothers, he never imagined that he would still be e-meeting with the same men six years later. Read More

Laity offer thoughts on State of the Church

The perspectives of some laity whose leadership in their congregations and beyond gives them perspectives that are both local and global. Read More

Chelsea Spyres

Emphasize WITH*

Chelsea Spyres: "Are we going to focus on numbers and what we would historically think of as things necessary to survive, or are we going to focus on relationship building... Read More

Holly Neal

‘Fear not! I am with you!’

Holly Neal: "To which voice will I (we) choose to listen? The voice of fear, which seems prevalent in our world and within our church? The voice of God's truth?" Read More

Simon Mafunda

‘The future is very bright’

Simon Mafunda: "The United Methodist Church is at the "crossroads" (Jeremiah 6:16). We are faced with serious persecution for our time." Read More

Scott L. Johnson

Reasons for hope

Scott Johnson: "the people called United Methodist have many reasons for hope. The primary reason for this optimism is that the church is starting to see the fruit of the... Read More

Warren Harper

A new day of choices

Warren Harper: "What does it mean to choose as United Methodists in 2016? Why do we have to choose? We choose to love as Jesus Christ taught us to love." Read More

Brian Hammons

‘I am excited to be United Methodist’

Brian Hammons: "recalling and affirming the many ways God has worked and is now moving through our United Methodist connection makes me thankful and brings me hope." Read More

Courtney Fowler

A different vision

Courtney Fowler: "to see the work to which God is calling us in the world requires a different vision and an intentional choice to be part of this work." Read More

Peter Cibuabua

God unites us

Peter Cibuabua: "I speak of the State of the Church in Democratic Republic of Congo, believing that God is powerfully at work in a similar way around the world." Read More

Widen the Circle: A Call to Beloved Community

Blatant acts of racism and xenophobia and increasing racial tensions call the people of The United Methodist Church to engage in honest dialogue and respectful conversation, seek justice for all... Read More

Seattleites stand up for their convictions

Valley & Mountain United Methodist Fellowship created a new church holiday. "Turning Tables Monday," the Monday of Holy Week, commemorates Jesus' cleansing of the Temple. Read More

A flood mitigation team from Tri-Lakes United Methodist Church serves after the major floods ravaged parts of northern Colorado in 2013

Spotlight – A Vital Congregation People ‘live out their passion’ at Colorado church

In order to become a member of Tri-Lakes United Methodist Church in Monument, Colo., you first must participate in a 10-week discipleship class. Read More

Young participants wear matching T-shirts and smiles during HopeFest at First United Methodist Church, Sikeston, Mo.

Missouri church boosts community outreach

For four years, First United Methodist Church in Sikeston, Mo., has annually hosted three communitywide events to strengthen the congregation's outreach. Read More

The Chancel Choir is one of many musical ministry opportunities for members of Old North United Methodist Church in Evansville, Ind.

College-town church embraces, shares music

Old North United Methodist Church in Evansville, Ind., is a midsized congregation with a heart for worship enhanced by its love of congregational singing, both a cappella and well-accompanied by... Read More

Pictured (left to right) are Moses Kumar, Michael Daniel, Bobby Smith and the Rev. Stephen Handy, pastor, McKendree United Methodist Church, Nashville, Tenn.

McKendree’s homeless outreach connects hearts

Ministry with the homeless has been part of McKendree for more than 30 years. Read More

Light and Life United Methodist Church, Tacloban City, Philippines

Light and Life Church hopes to rise from typhoon

The congregation of Light and Life United Methodist Church in Tacloban City, Philippines, offers witness that two typhoons within less than a year can batter buildings, but not spirits. Read More

The Rev. Allen Ewing-Merrill (left) speaks with Emile Uwimana, a resident of Hope House who fled his home in Burundi and is seeking asylum in the United States.

HopeGateWay builds a faith community in Maine

The Revs. Allen and Sarah Ewing-Merrill, co-pastors of HopeGateWay, A United Methodist Community, moved to the area in 2007 with a dream of forming a new ministry. The church sprang from... Read More

Fletcher’s Chapel United Methodist Church member Robin Sorrell volunteers at Merrick-Moore Elementary School in Durham, N.C.

Outreach breathes new life into congregation

Finding itself aging and out of touch with its neighborhood, the 250-member church in Durham, N.C., decided to open its doors to area children and reach out to the... Read More