UM minister urges mental health education

At 23, Dan Magrini was a brilliant student, had lots of friends, a supportive, caring family and was starting college at the school of his choice in a field he loved, creative writing. He had struggled with migraines that started around the sixth grade. When the migraines got worse in high school, his mother took […]

UMC’s Africa University celebrates first 20 years

MUTARE, Zimbabwe—Pauline Shongo believes that one day Africa University will be the key to peace on the continent of Africa. So do the many who gathered on the campus of the United Methodist-related university March 22-24 to celebrate the school’s first 20 years. The university, located in Zimbabwe and established by the United Methodist Church […]

Computer training feed minds, bodies in Haiti

THOMAS, Haiti—Angeline, 12, looked at the computer screen in front of her and saw the world opening up. “I want to use it for research. I would like to know a lot of things,” she said. She was one of the first students at the Thomas Food Project to sit in front of a monitor […]

VA program gives support to military couples

Marriage is never a walk in the park, but when you add in long deployments to dangerous, remote locations, for military couples it can feel like a walk in a war zone. After all, if your spouse is in Afghanistan when the car breaks down, your child comes home with the flu or your boss […]

UMC’s immigration network changing

2013 might be “the” year for U.S. immigration reform, said Rob Rutland-Brown, new director of the United Methodist National Justice for Our Neighbors. Mr. Rutland-Brown becomes the director of the national office for the United Methodist network of legal clinics during a time when President Barack Obama has promised to make immigration reform a top priority. […]

Sports help Wounded Warriors on path to healing

Deep in the heart of the Pentagon, warriors are warming up for several rounds of fierce volleyball competition. The gym is an assault on the ears: dozens of volleyballs hitting the hardwood floor, deep baritone shouting of teammates pumping up teammates, shrill whistles. This is the second annual Wounded Warriors seated volleyball tournament, and it […]

Alabama church seeks healing after shooting

GARDENDALE, Ala.—Though many feel lost in a terrible sea, members of Gardendale-Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church were reminded on Jan. 13 that Jesus Christ is in the boat with them. Just days after their pastor, the Rev. Terry Greer, was accused of shooting and killing his wife and wounding his daughter, worshippers came through the […]

Alabama church seeks healing after shooting

GARDENDALE, Ala.—Though many feel lost in a terrible sea, members of Gardendale-Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church were reminded on Jan. 13 that Jesus Christ is in the boat with them. Just days after their pastor, the Rev. Terry Greer, was accused of shooting and killing his wife and wounding his daughter, worshippers came through the […]

Trained volunteers bring healing in Liberia

GANTA, Liberia—On a dreary, rainy Monday, Dorothy Payetee starts singing a hymn. Soon others join in and slowly begin to file into the small cinderblock building that serves as the village’s gathering place. Today it is mostly mothers and children because many of the villagers are already out busy with daily chores. Ms. Payetee, a […]

Church sews quilts of love for Congo ill

Nancy Byrd and the congregation at Christ United Methodist Church, Kettering, Ohio, know how it feels to be wrapped up in a “God-size” dream and see it come true. The church raised $117,000 and helped tip the scales to buy a new plane for an aviation ministry in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. But […]

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