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UMs take first steps in tornado response

Staff and Wire Reports… Concerned individuals who want to volunteer in relief efforts following the May 20 tornado in Moore, Okla., are urged, for now, to pray and wait. “It will take time for emergency officials to assess the damages and for us to learn how we all can most effectively help meet needs,” Richard […]

Church teaches love in several languages

Oklahoma Conference… As you walk upstairs into The Treehouse children’s ministry area at Nichols Hills United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City on Wednesday afternoons, you hear children at play. Preschoolers are singing, dancing, coloring, and chattering away, as expected. However, the children and teachers are not speaking English, which may surprise you. Although English is […]

Foot washing stirs spirit at Oklahoma Conference

By Bill Sherman, Tulsa World… TULSA, Okla.—Bishop Robert E. Hayes Jr. removed his vestments, knelt and washed the feet of 12 people who were being ordained May 29 in the United Methodist Church. About 1,000 delegates to the Oklahoma Annual Conference witnessed the rare foot-washing ceremony at Boston Avenue UMC. “People were just blown away,” […]