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United Methodist Communications rolls out a revamped UMC.org

Wednesday morning was a long awaited day for many in the United Methodist Communications (UMCom) offices. February 12th was the roll out date for a newly revamped and designed UMC.org. The life of a website is tough today’s marketplace. Competing with the many start up businesses and ecommerce sites that pride themselves on a user […]

Pastor of Newtown UMC writes of ‘new normal’ after massacre

By Mel Kawakami One month ago, a young gunman walked into the Sandy Hook Elementary School just down the street from Newtown United Methodist Church and killed 20 precious children and six brave adults. It has been a long and difficult 30 days here in Sandy Hook, and we are just beginning to find our way […]

Commentary: Congregations can help the troops coming home

By Larry Hollon, Special Contributor… When the Vietnam War ended in 1975, troops came home not to the accolades and war heroes’ welcome of days past, but to personal attacks on character based on the condemnation of the war itself. Today, we face an unprecedented number of troops coming home from what has become the […]

Reclaiming the holiday – UMCOM ads tout shift from consumerist Christmas

Two years ago, children at Christ United Methodist Church in Bethel Park, Pa., celebrated Advent with a “Journey to Bethlehem.” Each child attending left with a gift in hand. Last year, when a new event replaced Journey to Bethlehem, the kids left empty-handed. Instead of receiving gifts, they left behind items they’d made for people […]