We must recognize we are engaged in cultural war

By Scott J. Jones
We are all horrified by the terrible violence committed in Paris the evening of November 13. We should be praying for the victims and their families and for the people of France… read more

Living the questions: How to partner with youth on their faith formation journeys

By Tonya Y. Burton
An African proverb says, “Where you sit when you are old shows where you stood in youth.” There are many Bible stories where we encounter Jesus taking a stand on… read more

Story time: How to be the kind of adult that youth actually want and need

By Elizabeth Corrie
It was only the second night at the Youth Theological Initiative’s three-week Summer Academy, and one of the staff members, whom we will call Anne, along with four teenage… read more

It’s the homestretch: Denomination reaches 90% of goal to combat malaria

By Laurens Glass
Thanks to the efforts of United Methodists across the connection, the church has reached 90% of its goal of $75 million to combat suffering and death from malaria. At a special… read more

Shock, solidarity after Paris attacks

By Linda Bloom / United Methodist News Service
NEW YORK (UMNS) United Methodists and other religious leaders are expressing shock over the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris and feelings of solidarity with the French people… read more

Whatever happened to parents?

By David Olshine
WHAT’S THE PROBLEM? Let me first stop and affirm that a number of youth workers—paid and nonpaid servants—highly appreciate and value the parents of their teens. … read more

Oldest U.S. graduate seminary to close campus

By G. Jeffrey MacDonald / Religion News Service
(RNS) America’s oldest graduate seminary is once again blazing a trail for other mainline Protestant institutions to follow. But this time it’s a path many would… read more

Mayor remains church pastor, thanks to dad

By Sam Hodges / United Methodist News Service
The Rev. Mark Holland needed help when he was elected mayor of Kansas City, Kansas, and not just at city hall. Holland knew that if he was going to be a full-time mayor and… read more

Despair over continuing racial divide at University of Missouri

By Carl W. Kenney / Religion News Service
(RNS) My fingers seemed glued to the computer as I attempted to write about the University of Missouri. My writer’s block reflected feelings too deep to explore with a few… read more

Do something in the world: Youth ministry and ecology

By Timothy Van Meter
Youth ministry is an opportunity for a church to exhibit its true character. In some cases, the church is afraid to let young people live out their passions in the midst of the… read more

Youth events: Leading from within

By Sabrina N. Short
High-carb, high-sugar menu...check. Games that involve large amounts of marshmallows...check. Volunteer for the pie in the face...check. Youth space large enough for the game of… read more

Pope Francis: Put away technology, enjoy family dinners

By Rosie Scammell / Religion News Service
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis on Wednesday (Nov. 11) urged Catholics to continue the tradition of a family meal, leaving smartphones aside and switching off the TV to enjoy the… read more
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