Report from TAGAYTAY, Philippines 7:45 AM

Participants gather as they shelter in place to wait out Typhoon Rammasun, locally known as Glenda.
Photo by Jen Tyler

Youth and Young Adults from across the connection are safely sheltering in place in Tagaytay, Philippines during Typhoon Rammasun, locally known as Glenda.

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Ministry idea: Post-it identity

Members of Sonoma (California) United Methodist Church attach  color-coded Post-it notes to show their level of interest in various church ministries. Photo courtesy of church member Dave Chambers.

Is your church welcoming a new pastor? David W. Chambers, a member of Sonoma United Methodist Church in California, shares an idea for familiarizing a pastor with your congregation’s interests.

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Remembering Our Fallen on Memorial Day

A personal story from Chaplain Ray Bailey Recently I was asked by a widow to lead a simple service of remembrance at the grave of her husband buried in Arlington Cemetery. It was the one year anniversary of his death. As I walked to the grave site, I noticed several family members at various graves …

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Missionary Tshala Mwengo Died in Bus Accident

…neither death, nor life…will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)  With deep sadness, the General Board of Global Ministries reports that Tshala Mwengo, a United Methodist missionary, died today from injuries sustained in a bus accident. General Secretary Thomas Kemper gave thanks for the …

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Editor’s note: United Methodist News Service has a new home

Want to follow the latest news that affects The United Methodist Church? Here’s how

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Coming Home

By Chaplain Jim Lewis I’m finally home from my deployment, sleeping in my own bed, having home-cooked food again and everything else the home front brings! MOST of that is GREAT! However, along with the joys of coming home are always the challenges that all of us face. And statistics consistently show that coming home …

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Chaplains: part of the medical team

By Chaplain Chris Madison As an eight year old child I was hospitalized for an evening at St. Margaret Mercy Hospital in Hammond suffering with asthma. My parents went home, and I found myself in a big pediatrics ward, one where there were multiple beds and a lot of kids. This was in 1960. Hospitals …

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An Invitation to Repentance

By Rev. Glen Chebon Kernell Jr. Those of the Christian faith have entered into one of the most sacred times of the Christian year, the Lenten season.  Many of our communities began a process of fasting, prayer and repenting.  Many even placed ashes upon their foreheads as signs of contrition and new beginnings. As people …

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Global Ministries Statement on Human Rights for All People

United Methodists are increasingly aware of the violation of human rights through the criminalization of homosexuality in countries such as Uganda, Nigeria, Russia, and India. These unjust measures reflect a concerning trend as reports indicate that five countries make homosexuality a capital offense, and imprisonment is possible in 66 countries.   This kind of legislation predictably …

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Celebrating Women’s History month in the UMC

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The General Commission on the Status and Role of Women is celebrating Women’s History Month with special resources every day of March. The 2014 theme is “Women of Character, Courage and Commitment,” and GCSRW is marking that theme in The United Methodist Church three different ways: – Highlighting a different woman in UMC history each …

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