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Cara Fleischer Although COVID-19 has put a damper on our usual plans, it seems that the entire country is hoping the holidays will bring some joy into our lives during this difficult time. As...
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many pastors into roles for which they were not prepared, and that has led to added stress and the potential for burnout. But this trying period is also an opportunity for church growth and for members to help minister their pastors by taking things off their plates.
DURHAM, N.C. — A Duke University Divinity School student who was hospitalized for almost four weeks after being wounded in a drive-by shooting last month says he is relying on his faith as he continues a long journey to recovery.
What if everyone on Valentine’s Day focused on agape love more than hearts, candy, and flowers?
A group of retirees called the Nomads travel the country in RVs, offering their help for home and church repairs, furniture refurbishing, or whatever else is need.
Mandarin UMC and the emerging Fine Arts Conservatory team up to fill the gaps in art education, painting, sculpture, theater and music in the community surrounding the church.
The “Matthew 25 Challenge,’’ a weeklong event held at Orlando’s Pine Castle United Methodist Church, energized its members by not only giving back, but also by undergoing real-life exercises that were everyday occurrences for the least of their brethren.
“You hear about fighting poverty. Well, there are so many different types of poverty. There’s material poverty, of course. We know that one. But there’s emotional poverty. There’s spiritual poverty. We want students to see poverty everywhere in a way that calls them to minister to it. Sometimes, it’s right in front of you.’’
Recently in a children’s classroom, William Joyner painted a mural that is roughly eight feet high and 15 feet wide so that three- to five-year-olds can visualize the story of Noah’s Ark.
The Hillsborough House of Hope assists women who battled substance abuse or were arrested for prostitution and other crimes.
The staff at the Life Enrichment Retreat Center of the Florida Conference wants to help guests have more sleep-filled nights so they can have more inspiration-filled days.
July Fourth is a real summertime celebration: fruits and berries are in abundance, the grill has been tuned up and Florida’s hot, humid weather rolls in every morning. Enjoy the Fourth with recipes submitted by other people from around the Conference.
After the whirlwind of the holiday season and with the beginning of cooler winter days, soup can warm the soul and lead us back to healthier menus. “Soup is a lot like a family. Each ingredient ...
Methodists' recipes make it easy to supplement manufactured, store-bought candy with homemade deliciousness.
After such a hot summer, you deserve to top off the season with a great Labor Day break. Whether you plan to spend your holiday by the pool, on a picnic or grilling out with friends, these side ...
This author is convinced that if there is a solution to the social isolation, the political polarization and the superficial relationships that exist in our neighborhoods—and in the world as a whole—it is reclaiming the art of neighboring.
Florida Southern College, founded in 1883 by the Florida Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, is on the National Register of Historic Places and was named a National Historic Landmark of the United States. This year, the 113-acre campus also became a United Methodist Historic Site.
Numerous churches in the Florida Conference are blessed with Asian-American Christians joining us from places like Vietnam, South Korea and Japan. In this feature, we present three stories that are unique and diverse.
Cypress Lakes UMC in Ft. Myers will host the Red Sox event, which will include lunch and author Tim Kurkjian of ESPN speaking about his new book, "I'm Fascinated by Sacrifice Flies."
New beginnings, fresh starts, reaffirmations of love and faith and the desire for a peaceful future all come to mind as we ring in a New Year. Below are some recipes to help ring out the old and ring ...
Christmas season is in full swing, with visitors dropping by, family coming to visit, parties to host and gatherings to bring an appetizer to for sharing. Below are some recipes for breakfast and ...
Advent is the season when we prepare ourselves to receive God's gift of Jesus. It is a time of "getting ready" for the celebration of Christmas. Here are some ways you can prepare yourself and your family for celebrating Jesus' birth.
Don't forget that there is more than just the turkey dinner to figure out during the holiday. Many households experience a high traffic of guests coming in and out for days. Does that describe you? ...
For many of us, Labor Day is the final break before a long stretch of work and school before the fall's holiday season, and below are some recipes for appetizers and desserts that can kick up a pool ...
It's one of the Bible's most well-known commandments. So why aren't we following it? Commentary is courtesy Relevant Magazine.
United Methodist congregations across Florida are finding new faces in their parking lots, thanks to the popularity of a new game played on mobile phones.
A North Carolina program for clergy, congregations and communities called Life Around the Table focuses on eating well as a way to nurture healthy Christian communities. The key, as its founder says in this interview, is developing a eucharistic imagination.
Cool off your Fourth of July with recipes submitted by other people from all around the Conference. After all, who knows how to beat the Florida summer heat better than our veteran church foodies? Don't forget to stock the cooler with plenty of ice.
To remember our fallen heroes, many of us enjoy coming together in fellowship with those still with us. Here, we've put together ideas for what to bring to a Memorial Day picnic, potluck and grill out.
Jonathan Merritt discusses Adam Hamilton's new book, "Half Truths: God Helps Those Who Help Themselves and Other Things the Bible Doesn’t Say."
Good literature broadens our perspectives. Through fiction, we can experience war, infidelity, the loss of a lover. To an extent, we can empathize and understand the pain others go through.
The arts are a starting place for addressing what different faiths have in common, says the founder of a nonprofit that hosts interfaith art exhibitions around the world.
Skip the recipe egg hunt this year. We scrounged up 12 seasonal recipes for your Easter feaster. Check out these delicious options submitted by our community.
Turn Holy Week into a biblical video marathon. We've put together a list of christian-themed movies as well as some kid-friendly options. Check it out.
There are some aficionados of Irish cuisine amongst our ranks here in the Florida Conference. With St. Patty's day coming up, this is a great opportunity to try out what they've stewed up for us.
Those arriving at the Real Ideas Conference at Van Dyke Church in Lutz came with different aspirations.
Start Valentine's Day off with a breakfast in bed guaranteed to make mouths water and hearts melt. We've put together a list of breakfast goodies that we think you'll like, mainly because they were given to us by ... well, you! That's right. These are all recipes submitted to us by UMC members.
United Methodist Disability Awareness Sunday encourages worshipers to look around the meeting space and think about barriers to people with disabilities, as well as challenge biases and prejudices.
Operation Hedgehog, born of a civility ministry that started at Southside UMC, Jacksonville, is showing promise in public schools and grabbing the attention of a university research study.
The Internet, social media and gaming have created changes in the way teens form, nurture and maintain relationships that ministry leaders should consider.
The goal is to build a Beloved Community of inclusivity within the Annual Conference that cultivates cultural competency among us.