NEWS AND FEATURES
South Carolina Conference
One year later, new church sees huge growth
CHARLESTON, S.C. — Two Rivers Church, a new United Methodist church, was founded to reach the lost and lonely, the "misfits," the people who didn’t necessarily feel welcome or wanted in church. A year after the launch, the lost and lonely — not to mention lots of new residents and young families — are finding their new church home in droves. Jessica Brodie reports.
Philippines earthquake: ‘From fear to faith’
FLORIDABLANCA, Philippines (UM News) — After a deadly earthquake struck the island of Luzon this spring, United Methodists were among those picking up the pieces. Faith kept them going. Gladys P. Mangiduyos reports on church efforts to continue ministries in the aftermath.
Methodist Church in Britain
Going green in Shakespeare’s hometown
STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, England — The Methodist church here has become the first Methodist congregation in the country to receive a Gold Eco Church award recognizing “years of hard work and investment to put caring for creation front and center of every aspect of their church life.” Another 176 Methodist churches also are registered with Eco Church. The award will be presented June 2.
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United Methodist Development Fund
Helping churches navigate loan process
AUSTIN, Texas — The new website of the United Methodist Development Fund has resources specifically designed to help churches navigate the loan process as well as to assist individuals, churches and ministries as they consider investing options. The website also features custom photography that highlights local church stories.
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Status and Role of Women
Women arise for better lives
CHICAGO — The Women Arise Network uses communication strategies and technologies to reduce human suffering, improve lives and amplify women’s voices around the world. “Today’s technologies allow us to reach people who do not have access to radio, television or the internet,” writes the Rev. Neelley Hicks. “A simple text message can pass through these barriers.”
Jane Marshall, revered composer, dead at 94
No resolution yet in same-sex wedding complaint
Monday, June 17-Thursday, June 27
Academy of Church Business Administration