United Methodist

My Perspective on "Uniting Methodists" - Rankin File

Almost two weeks have passed since the Uniting Methodists made public their vision for institutional unity in the midst of our fractiousness. As …

Religion

Meet the Billionaire Immigrant Who Just Made One of the Largest Donations to Hurricane Harvey Relief

His passions are charity and wine.<p>Kieu Hoang knows what it's like to feel helpless and desperate.<p>Growing up in rural Vietnam "barefoot and …

Hurricane Harvey

Public asked to wear Crimson Tide, military, Star Wars to honor late Alabama soldier

Public asked to wear Crimson Tide, military, Star Wars clothing to honor late Alabama soldier

Alabama Crimson Tide

10 fun things for the family to do Sept. 22-23 on the North Shore | NOLA.com

Concerts, theater, silent and live auctions, car shows, refuge and river cleanups, and a major fundraiser benefiting the Tammany Trace Kids Town are …

New Orleans

Disabled gain new access to Dallas' gay pride parade with United Methodist church's help

Dallas' Oak Lawn gay pride parade has celebrated acceptance of people's differences for decades.<p>But Sunday's event felt more welcoming than ever …

LGBTQ

Washington says goodbye to Mandy Ourisman

Washington said goodbye Friday to another hometown favorite: Mandy Ourisman, who died in July at age 90.<p>He inherited the family Chevrolet business in the 1950s and grew it into a fortune — he was the first car dealer to advertise on local television, complete with that infectious jingle: “You …

Lifestyle

With too many homeless and too few shelter beds, city funding policy debated

De Andre Hudson got the bad news on a recent weekday evening when he called the homeless hot line at Simpson United Methodist Church, asking if the …

Poverty

Beyonce flashes her spanx as thigh-high split causes wardrobe malfunction just three months after giving birth to twins

It's hard to believe that Beyonce gave birth to twins just three months ago.<p>Stepping out in New York hand-in-hand with her husband Jay Z, Bey dressed …

Hurricane Harvey

Funeral set for Navy sailor killed in ship collision

Services are set for the New Jersey man who was among the 10 U.S. sailors killed last month when a Navy ship collided with an oil tanker off …

Business

How Many Churches Does America Have? More Than Expected

An estimated 30,000 congregations shut their doors in the United States from 2006 to 2012. Yet a recent study finds good news for churches …

Religion

Beyoncé Made an Emotional Plea to Help Victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

"Natural disasters don't discriminate."<p>During Tuesday night's Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief, Beyoncé appeared to make an emotional plea for viewers to call in and donate to the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Beyoncé, whose hometown of Houston was hit hardest by Hurricane …

Emotions

Why is Human Rights Watch urging engagement with Israel's banks?

Israeli banks claim that Israel’s laws require them to be involved in the colonization of occupied Palestinian – and Syrian – land in violation of …

Palestine

Table Tennis Community Rallies to the Harvey Cause

Several weeks ago Hurricane Harvey delivered a devastating blow to Houston and its surrounding communities.<p>Winds ripped through homes and buildings. …

Team USA

AYUDH helps suffering people from Hurricane Harvey in Houston - Amma, Mata Amritanandamayi Devi

Over the past week and a half, volunteers from the Houston chapter of AYUDH have been participating in city-wide efforts to assist those impacted by …

Hurricane Harvey

Police: A man whose body was found in a Wheaton park died of a homicide

A man whose body was found in Wheaton Regional Park this month died of a homicide, police said Wednesday, and could have been killed as long ago as December.<p>Investigators still are trying to learn the identity of the man, whose body showed signs of trauma when it was found on Sept. 5 in the park in …

Crime

Trump Faces Charges For Move To End DACA, Is Called ‘Illiterate And Uneducated’

The decision of US President Donald Trump to put an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA does not sit well with many. In fact, a …

Immigration

First rehearsal is Sept. 12 if you want to sing with unity choir at State Fair gospel celebration

"A Night of Inspiration & Gospel" will come back to the State Fair of Texas on Thursday, Oct. 5, with two shows.<p>And local singers can get in on the …

Dallas

Beyoncé and Solange, Texas's Most Famous Sisters, Step Out to Help Victims of Hurricane Harvey

While Hurricane Irma is making its way through Florida, Texas residents hit by Hurricane Harvey are only slowly starting to rebuild their lives. Many celebrities and sports stars have offered up to help, but most eyes are focused on Beyoncé and Solange, Texas's most famous sisters. The Knowles …

Culture

The Private Faith of Hillary Clinton

For politicians who are searching for an appropriate way to talk about their Christian faith in public, the Bible can sometimes appear to contain contradictory mandates. In Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, he admonishes his disciples to pray in secret and “not be like the hypocrites, for they love to …

Culture

Beyoncé Teams Up With Houston Pastor to Help Harvey Survivors

Global superstar Beyoncé returned home to Houston on Friday and joined the survivors of Hurricane Harvey at her home church, St. John’s United Methodist Church, with Senior Pastor, Rudy Rasmus - affectionately known to the global community as Pastor Rudy.<p>Joining Pastor Rudy and Beyoncé were her …

Hurricane Harvey

Ken Follett, Ann Patchett, Jesmyn Ward are among authors on tour Sept. 10-16 in D-FW

<b>Dan Peeler</b> and <b>Charlie Rose</b> will sign <i>Dragons of Romania: Book 2, Leviathan Rises</i> on Sunday, Sept. 10, at Cathedral of Hope, 5910 Cedar Springs Road, …

The Arts

Clinton: I relied on prayer, yoga and 'my fair share of Chardonnay' after 'devastating' 2016 loss

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> Hillary Clinton said Thursday that she was devastated and drained after her loss to Donald Trump in 2016, but regained her strength by relying on a mix of prayer, yoga and "my fair share of Chardonnay."<p>Clinton, speaking at an event focused on her faith at New York's Riverside …

Hillary Clinton

Meet the Good Samaritans helping their neighbors in the aftermath of Harvey

ABC News' Michael Strahan reports from his hometown of Houston, Texas, where he meets with volunteers who are helping those impacted by the storm.

Good News

Free breakfast available again at Jubilee Cafe

The Jubilee Cafe at the downtown Lawrence First United Methodist Church is once again serving free breakfasts twice a week to hungry morning guests.

Kansas

Faith groups overwhelmingly condemn Trump’s decision to phase out DACA

When Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that President Donald Trump’s administration would phase-out a program that offers work permits to …

Immigration

‘Reprehensible,’ ‘unconscionable’: Christian leaders react to Trump’s decision to overturn DACA

President Trump’s decision to end a program that allowed undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children, known as “dreamers,” to stay in the country, received fast condemnation from many corners of the faith world.<p>Religious leaders, including some of the evangelicals who have …

Religion

Beyoncé Opens Up About Her Faith, Works With Her Pastor On Hurricane Harvey Efforts

Beyoncé is a multifaceted person as she is a performer. The singer revealed that she’s constantly praying for her hometown of Houston, where she was …

Celebrity News

A Texas congregation dries out its flood-damaged church, then cries and sings about the water

The Bible has plenty to say about dangerous waters. Moses and the Israelites fled Egypt through a parted Red Sea. When Jesus' disciples were at sea on a boat, rocked by the winds, Jesus walked to them on the water and told them to take courage.<p>And then, of course, there was the great flood that …

News

Stories from the Storm: Saturday

A collection of stories about the people and scenes around Houston and southeast Texas as they continue to deal with the fallout of Hurricane Harvey.

Hurricane Harvey

HRW: Israeli banks complicit in settlement expansion

Report dismisses claims by banks that under law they must provide services to illegal Jewish settlements in West Bank.<p>A leading rights group says Israeli banks are contributing to the expansion of Jewish settlements in the West Bank by providing loans and mortgages for construction there.<p>A report …

News