Obama thanked for living in 'glass house' at National Prayer Service
January 23rd, 2013
03:09 AM ET

Obama thanked for living in 'glass house' at National Prayer Service

By the CNN Political Unit

(CNN) – On the day following his ceremonial inauguration, President Barack Obama received warm praise Tuesday while attending an interfaith prayer service at the National Cathedral.

Rev. Adam Hamilton, senior pastor at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Kansas, said Americans should "more often" give thanks to Obama and those who serve in higher elected office.

- A. Hawkins

Filed under: Church • Methodist • Obama

U.N. partnering with faith groups
September 27th, 2010
01:37 PM ET

U.N. partnering with faith groups

Editor's Note: CNN White House Producer Xuan Thai filed this report from the U.N. General Assembly.

It might be called a match made in heaven. The United Nations is partnering with faith based organizations and their vast network of donors, development groups, and grass roots organizers to bring aid to developing countries around the world. You could say they are putting their money where their mouth is. Except both groups have been putting money up for a long time.

Last week during the annual U.N. General Assembly, the United Methodist Church announced a five year, $75 million pledge to the United Nations’ Global Fund, the first of its kind for the fund.


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Filed under: Africa • Church • Faith Now • Methodist

July 12th, 2010
08:04 PM ET

Church awaits word on members injured in Uganda bombings

Tim and Debbie Bingaman, whose foster son was injured in the Uganda blasts, reading the bible in Christ Community United Methodist Church.

CNN correspondent Mary Snow filed this report today from Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania:

Members of the Christ Community United Methodist Church in rural Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania walked in and out of their church throughout the day, desperate for information about five fellow congregants injured in Sunday’s terror bombings in Uganda.

As some prayed, others checked their Facebook pages and emails for any updates. The pastor, the Rev. Kathleen Kind fielded a steady flow of phone calls from members and reporters. And the church updated its own mission website with the latest news.

The attack is testing the faith of a small town church that never thought terrorism would hit home.


- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Africa • Faith Now • Methodist • Missionaries • Uganda

July 12th, 2010
03:11 PM ET

My take: In face of Uganda blasts, mission spirit endures

A doctor treats a victim of the Kampala blasts on Sunday.

Editor's Note: Thomas Kemper is General Secretary of the United Methodist Church's General Board of Global Ministries, which works is more than 125 countries.

By Thomas Kemper, Special to CNN

The thoughts and prayers of the United Methodist mission community are with all those injured and the families of the persons killed in the bombing in Kampala, Uganda on July 11. We join our hearts to the injured mission volunteers from Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, several from Christ Community Church, a United Methodist congregation.

We are thankful that no one was injured in another volunteer mission group from Alabama in Uganda at the same time.

Short-term, voluntary service has become a common and compelling experience in Christian mission today. Groups such as the one from Selinsgrove working in Uganda go to many places, especially in summer, to join with local churches in building, educational, medical, and evangelism projects.


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Filed under: Africa • Christianity • Methodist • Uganda • Violence

July 12th, 2010
12:04 PM ET

Pastor to wounded missionaries in Uganda: 'God is bigger than any evil'

People watch the World Cup final at a restaurant in Kampala late on July 11, moments before blasts tore through the crowds.

The Rev. Kathleen Kind leads the Pennsylvania congregation that saw five missionaries injured in yesterday's Uganda bombings. She spoke with CNN Monday morning about the condition of the injured and about how the incident would affect future missions at the 500-member Christ Community United Methodist Church in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania.

What’s the latest on the injured missionaries from your church?

Those injured are receiving medical treatment and a number of them are en route to other hospitals for more specific or higher quality medical services. Everybody is alive and everybody is stable. We had six people in our group and five of them were injured, some seriously. Some of the wounds involve broken bones and shrapnel. The State Department, the consulate and the General Board of Global Ministries, an agency of the United Methodist Church, are all working together to provide as much care as necessary for our team members.


- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Africa • Christianity • Faith Now • Methodist • Missionaries • Protestant • Uganda

July 12th, 2010
09:09 AM ET

American missionaries injured in Ugandan blast

Among those injured in the Sunday night bombings in Uganda that left at least 74 dead were a group of American missionaries.  CNN's Don Lemon spoke with the Rev. Kathleen Kind, the pastor from the missionaries' home church, Christ Community United Methodist Church, in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania.

Here's the full story.

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Filed under: Africa • Christianity • Methodist • Missionaries • Uganda • Violence

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