Hunger in America: 1 in 7 rely on food banks

Hunger in America: 1 in 7 rely on food banks

Nationwide, 25 percent of military families — 620,000 households — need help putting food on the table, according to a study by Feeding America, a network of 200 food banks.

“The results are alarming,” said Bob Aiken, chief executive officer of Feeding America. “It means that people in America have to make trade-offs. They have to pick between buying food for their children or paying for utilities, rent and medicine.”

One in seven Americans — 46 million people — rely on food pantries and meal service programs to feed themselves and their families, the study found.

Looney Named 2014 Distinguished Evangelist of The United Methodist Church


The Foundation for Evangelism announces the selection of Bishop Richard C. Looney as the 2014 Distinguished Evangelist of The United Methodist Church.

As a member of the Holston Annual Conference, Looney served appointments in Georgia, Virginia, and Tennessee, shared in Pulpit Exchanges in England and Australia, and work missions in Peru, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Board approves budget, prepares for General Conference 2016


By Nicole Burdakin NASHVILLE, Tn: A report on the Young Clergy Initiative, a discussion about the state of theological education and necessary preparations for General Conference 2016 were included in the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry’s Board of Directors meeting, Aug. 6-8 in Nashville. The Board also approved a $42.55 million budget for […]

Downtown churches meet growing needs of younger congregations

Anthony Rogers, Kaitlyn Bowie and Terence Hagans are among the leaders of the ministry The Source. Photo by Mayra Beltran, Staff Houston Chronicle

“It will be extremely communal,” Hagans said of the smaller sessions. “It will be more about relationships and how we live our faith in day-to-day life, rather than strictly biblical. There will be ‘radical transparency’ around brokenness, without being judged or condemned.”

Global Young People Adopt Petitions for the General Conference

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (GBOD) – Despite enduring a devastating typhoon, United Methodist young people and adult leaders from 34 countries successfully completed their convocation and legislative assembly in the Philippines and adopted petitions for presentation to the next General Conference. As participants in the Global Young People’s Convocation and Legislative Assembly (GYPCLA), organized by Young People’s […]

After the Ferguson protests, church volunteers pick up the pieces

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FERGUSON, Mo. (RNS) On the fourth morning after Michael Brown’s death, residents from different parts of the region came together to pick up the pieces. Some were young, some old. The majority arrived as part of the faithful. Others trickled in after spotting volunteers marching up and down West Florissant under the hot sun. Carrying […]

Beyond Imagine No Malaria

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The United Methodist Church is seeking input from members and partners worldwide as it prepares to launch a new stage of global health ministry that will build on and deepen the success of the much-applauded Imagine No Malaria (INM) program.

Weala District of UMC Loses Five Members to the Ebola Virus

Rev.Paye Cooper Mondolo (Left) District Superintendent of Weala District at new surgical center dedication, March 2014. Photo via Facebook

The recent waves of the Ebola virus have created fear and panic among the people of Weala area including members of the United Methodist Church who are residing in the area. According to the District Superintendent of the Weala District, Rev. Paye Cooper Mondolo, from August 6-8, 2014 the Weala District UMC lost five of its members to the Ebola virus. He also indicated that he is not sure of how many of his district members are afflicted with the virus.

Is Ebola a curse from God? Some African Christian leaders think so

This is the hospital in Kenema, Sierra Leone, West Africa, where the Ebola virus samples are tested to see if someone has the virus or not. It was taken in June 2014. Photo via Commons WikiMedia

“People are having different misconceptions that this is (a curse) from God,” said Bishop Sumoward Harris, now retired from the Lutheran Church in Liberia. “This is depending on how they are interpreting the Bible. But I don’t think God is angry and is issuing a punishment.”

In Liberia, more than 100 Christian leaders meeting in early August declared that God was angry and Ebola a plague. They called for prayers to seek God’s forgiveness for sins including corruption and immoral acts such as homosexuality.

UMCOR Responding to Ebola Emergency

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It’s the largest Ebola outbreak in recorded history, affecting Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and now Nigeria. As of this writing, the disease has infected more than 1,700 people and killed at least 932. It produces hemorrhagic fevers, causing between 50 and 90 percent of people who contract it to lose their lives. There is no cure. It’s also highly infectious. The virus can be transmitted by any bodily fluid, including saliva, urine, blood and even sweat.