Traveling can give you a window on worlds you never knew existed and provide glimpses and new understandings of fascinating cultures. But visiting others – living, worshipping, learning and working in their own unique contexts – can also provide a mirror into one’s self and to the complex beauty...
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On the last day of our journey with our partners in Korea, we visited Mokwon University, a Methodist-affiliated school in Daejeon. The university has 10,000 students and promotes itself as an “educational community full of dreams and passion.”
Today, the past and present merge in unexpected ways in the Methodist Church of Korea and across the Korean landscape.
At Daejeon Central Church, where Bishop Seung Chul Ahn is pastor, neither the orchestra musicians, the band members, the choir director, the large choir, the special women’s quintet, nor the hip-hop dance troupe gets paid. Neither do the workers in the church’s coffee shop, or the leaders of the...
Imagine more than 500 junior high girls, all dressed in school uniforms, seated with their legs crossed in more than a dozen straight lines on the floor of a gymnasium in Daejeon, South Korea. It wasn’t the normal audience for Bishop Marcus Matthews to address.
After a 15-hour flight, there is nothing better than being greeted with a feast of chicken, fruit and kindness.
On March19, members of the Patapsco-Lodge Forest Cooperative Parish, a United Methodist Community, spent part of their Saturday making prayer beads for General Conference delegates.
Standing before the 330 members of the national Black Methodists for Church Renewal, who gathered in Baltimore March 10-12, U.S. Congressman Elijah Cummings shared how, as a child, he could not come into downtown Baltimore because it was a segregated city and he was black.
Belle W. Sunderland, 100, the wife of the late Rev. Thomas W. Sunderland died in her sleep Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nev., where she had lived the past 25 years, near her youngest son. A memorial service was held at Camp Chapel UMC May 28, with the Rev. Richard Brown-Whale...
In today’s world of church growth, vitality is something to which congregations aspire. But in the Washington Region, five unique congregations have stopped striving to be vital and begun to simply live out, in the best ways they know, the Great Commandment and the Great Commission.