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  • Henry Goode Blasdel - NV
    Henry Goode Blasdel was Nevada’s ‘chocolate and tea’ governor
    An American politician and member of the Republican Party, Henry Goode Blasdel was born on January 29, 1825 near Lawrenceburg, Indiana. With a limited education from Indiana’s common schools, he began to study law at the age of 17.In 1845,...
  • Henderson Settlement
    Henderson Settlement - vacation with a purpose
    Nestled in a remote valley in Southeast Kentucky sits a nearly 90-year old Methodist mission called Henderson Settlement. This collection of simple buildings sits on a hill in the shadow of Pine Mountain, a 125-mile long barrier that runs from...
  • Pastor defrocked
    Pastor defrocked: Methodist pastor defrocked for marrying gay son and his lover
    A Methodist pastor was defrocked for performing a marriage ceremony between his homosexual son and another man, an act that goes against the edicts of the denomination, reports the New York Times on Thursday.Methodist Rev. Frank Schaefer of...
  • Methodist pastor quit? Controversial pastor will not quit despite church order
    Methodist pastor quit? Controversial pastor will not quit despite church order
    Frank Schaefer, a Methodist pastor from Pennyslyvania who was convicted for having officiated the gay marriage of his son, will not quit despite a church order requiring him to do so. The 51-year-old Methodist pastor said he will not voluntarily...
  • The Chapel of Rest, Happy Valley, North Carolina
    Highland churches of Western North Carolina
    The story of religion in the western North Carolina highlands began with the arrival of missionaries among the Native Americans. Soon they were followed by settlers that brought a variety of faiths along with them.By the 1740s Scotch-Irish from...
  • Local churches in review, Triplett UMC
    Local churches in review, Triplett UMC new Wednesday night service
    Triplett United Methodist Church in Mooresville held its second new Wednesday night worship service this week. The service began with a purpose; a place to reach out to new people, as well as a service for people to attend who cannot always attend...
  • Barbara Burce
    Caregivers and churches get ready for the age wave
    Are youready for the age wave?Two New York State workshopswill help you answer that questions this fall. Each event will focus on caregiving and spirituality.The first, on September 29th, will be held at the Saratoga Springs United Methodist...
  • Sheffey Camp Meeting
    That Ol’ Time Camp Meeting Religion
    American Christians who come from a holiness or evangelical tradition are likely familiar with the concept of camp meeting. These outdoor events originated in the 1800s as the nation was expanding westward.By 1800, major revivals in Christianity...
  • Sacred Places
    Sacred spaces stir spirits
    Sunday night services at the Mangham United Methodist Church featured hymn singing by request. Parishioners called out the page number of a favorite selection from the little red Cokesbury Hymnal and Mrs. Ira Hixon would play it on an upright...
  • Kirbyjon Caldwell
    Houston pastor celebrates 30 years of service
    This weekend was historic for the Windsor Village United Methodist Church Family, the City of Houston and the nation as they commemorated Senior Pastor Kirbyjon H. Caldwell’s 30 Years of Servant Leadership.Houston Mayor Annise Parker...
  • Obamas
    President Barack Obama's religion
    A new Gallup poll reveals Americans’ view of President Barack Obama’s religion. The results are somewhat surprising.CLICK HERE to view photo slideshow of President Obama's Chicago NeighborhoodOnly 34% of Americans say Obama is a...
  • Kairos response banner
    Rabbis urge Methodists to divest in response to Israeli occupation
    Rabbinic leaders representing the group Jewish Voice for Peace have written an open letter to the United Methodist Church encouraging selective divestment from companies that help Israel maintain its decades-long occupation of Palestinian...
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    Gay issues this week
    One of the greatest controversial topics of religion still revolves around issues of gay persons within communities of faith. Whether it's scandal around leadership engaged in homosexual activities such as the recent storms around Bishop Eddie...
  • Father's Day in West Virginia
    Father's Day in West Virginia
    It can surely be said that West Virginians take the commandment to “honor thy father and mother” seriously. Did you know that, like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day was first held in a West Virginia church about two hours south...
  • Mother and Daughter
    Conference to focus on holistic health of New York State seniors
    Celebrating Our Wisdom, a statewide eldercare conference for caregivers, will be held on Saturday, November 6th at New Hartford United Methodist Church, 105 Genesee St. in New Hartford, NY, just south of Utica. The cost is $15, including lunch....