• New site focuses on ministry with the poor

    June 1st, 2011

    A new interactive website ( highlights the word "with."  Launched May 31 by the General Board of Global Ministries, in partnership with a denominational interagency task force and the Council of Bishops, the site challenges common assumptions that people do ministry "for" the poor.Gil Hanke, topo staff executive and convenor of… read more

  • Opportunities for service

    June 1st, 2011

    Photo: Pews are visible beneath the collapsed ceiling of Smithville United Methodist Church in Mississippi. A UMNS photo by Mike Ward/Mississippi Annual Conference   Annual Conference requestsAlabama West Florida: Requesting roofing and re-building teams. Two debris removal teams can be used immediately. These teams will work in the Demopolis District… read more

  • Austin District UMM president aids tsunami victims

    May 31st, 2011

    Photo: A fishing boat is noticeably out of place after being swept ashore during a massive tsunami that devastated Ofunato, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Matthew M. Bradley.Chip Sparks, president of the Austin District UM Men, served as logistic planner for U.S. Military efforts to aid victims of the massive tsunami that… read more

  • Hog Father boosts hunger-relief effort

    May 27th, 2011

    A UMNS feature by Rich PeckThe Rev. Nathaniel Long, a North Georgia pastor who calls himself The Hog Father, celebrated his 49th birthday by riding his motorcycle 451 miles to the Tennessee and Alabama borders.He describes himself as an out-of-shape and over-fed pastor of a rural church. However, on this trip, he was feeling a good deal healthier and… read more