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No More Excuses

by Liz Herrick We’ve all seen that picture. You know the one, of Obama saying “We must find homes for 10,000 Syrian/Muslim refugees…” followed by a picture of a man lying on the ground with a caption that says “…1 of 50,000 homeless veterans.” If you haven’t seen it, go look it up for yourself, […]

Recently Read: City says church’s makeshift homeless shelter is illegal

Editorial Note: We publish Recently Read as is because it is content from other news organizations.  After clarifying information was given to us by Rev. Forrest Clark, we have edited our one-line lead sentence into the story in order to more accurately represent the situation the local UMC is facing.  We apologize to any mis-information […]

No Sprinklers Required: How My Church Kept Homeless People Off Church Steps

WASHINGTON (RNS) St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco is getting bad press this week over a sprinkler system it installed to keep homeless people from sleeping on church grounds. People are outraged that a church would treat the poor so callously. But St. Mary’s isn’t alone. Many houses of worship all over the country face the question […]

UM homeless advocate featured on 60 Minutes

Nashville, Tenn. — For many it might have been a usual Sunday night, but for Ingrid McIntyre a United Methodist in the Nashville area (Tennessee Conference) it was a night to be especially excited. This Sunday evening was the culmination of a number of interviews by Anderson Cooper and his television news team seeking to capture […]

Recently Read: Church Memorializes Homeless Woman

The custodian of Spring Woods United Methodist Church in Houston Texas found a woman sleeping in a cove of the church. Seeing the woman sleeping the custodian left food and another blanket for her and leaving her to sleep. After a few hours, and noticing that she and the food had not moved they realized […]

Recently Read: Guntersville Woman Helps the Homeless

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Shirley Chupp is a very special woman who reaches out to the community with open arms ready to love and help the needy. She is a counselor with Guntersville First United Methodist Church, but she also is the driving force behind a program for the homeless that offers a safe sheltered […]

House rehabbed to serve as home for homeless

By Fred Koenig, Special Contributor… ST. LOUIS—A group from Lafayette Park United Methodist Church is out to address the issue of homelessness in a very direct manner: They intend to provide people with homes. The church’s HomeFirst ministry is working on rehabbing a four-unit house in St. Louis, Mo., that will give four homeless people […]

‘Sleep Out’ – Civic leaders spend meaningful night on streets

By Bob Hope, Special Contributor… ATLANTA—I was homeless for a night. It was Nov. 15, and along with about 60 other Atlanta civic leaders and family members, my wife Susan and I participated in a “Sleep Out” event to bring awareness to the plight of homeless teens. My first real hint of what it must […]

‘Free store’ provides clothes for homeless

By Rachel L. Toalson, Special Contributor… AUSTIN, Texas—The people of St. Peter’s United Methodist Church know what it means to get outside the walls of the church—and be forever changed. At least twice a year, after enough donated clothing has piled up, volunteers band together to create a free store beneath the overpass of Interstate […]

An encounter with God in an unexpected place

By Kay Panovec, UMNS… In my work for the United Methodist Church, I expect to run into people who are willing to share their faith. But sometimes, I encounter God in the most unexpected ways. Even as the weather gets warmer in my hometown, my thoughts keep going back to an experience I had this […]