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January 2017


What do United Methodists believe about faith in the world?

January 19, 2017

The Social Principles are 73 statements, approved by the denomination’s General Conference, that stand as instruction and a biblical and theological witness to issues facing the world today.

Rev. William Eugene Merki

January 19, 2017

The Rev. William Eugene Merki, 81, died Jan. 19, 2017, at Clary Grove Nursing Home in Martinsburg, W. Va. A funeral service was held Jan. 22 at Otterbein UMC in Martinsburg with the Rev. Mark C. Mooney officiating. William Eugene Merki was born...

Building Beloved Community

January 13, 2017

During his life, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. intimated that “everyone could be great because everyone could serve.” In the uncertain times that we find ourselves in as churches and society, making a sincere commitment to community-building and...

Affirming Wesleyan values as Trump takes office

January 13, 2017

United Methodists from across the country plan to have some parties on the evening of Jan. 20 to pray and talk about ways to affirm Wesleyan values and explore challenges ahead as the 45th president takes office.

The word is... renew

January 13, 2017

Ancient church mothers and fathers often greeted one another with the phrase, “Give me a word.” This greeting led to the sharing of insights and wisdom. Today we continue this tradition with this monthly column.

Statement from Bishop LaTrelle Easterling: Jan. 12, 2017

January 12, 2017

Beloved of God, Words are inadequate to address the tragedy unfolding after a house fire in Baltimore city this morning. As I write this, it is known that five children succumbed to the fire, one other is missing, and the mother is in the...

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