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Ndume Olatushani, a death row exonoree, is one of the artists whose work is included in Stations of the Cross opening in Washington during Lent. Using chicken wire, Olatushani molds the jumpsuits into prisoners bowed and writhing in agony from being confined. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Artist works to disrupt ‘cradle to prison’ pipeline

Ndume Olatushani is one of the artists whose work is included in Stations of the Cross opening in Washington during Lent. Read More

A young boy holds a d.light solar lamp at his home in the Mathare slum, Nairobi, Kenya. Wespath Benefits and Investments has invested about $30 million in solar projects, including d.light. Photo courtesy of d.light

Church investments take on climate change

The United Methodist pension agency is planning for a low-carbon economy. For investors, the agency says, the move makes good financial sense. Read More

United Methodists advocate for justice for the Lumads. These native people of the Philippines are being removed from ancestral lands.

Injustice in the Philippines: The plight of the Lumads

United Methodist church leaders speak out against violence toward the indigenous Lumads of the Philippines. View

United Methodist Ambassadors of Cheer were offering hot cocoa and gloves to strangers at Penn Station in Baltimore, hoping to warm their stomachs and their hearts. The hot cocoa is part of a nine-city campaign by Rethink Church to welcome and invite people to church. Photo courtesy of the Baltimore-Washington Conference.

Hot cocoa and a warm welcome

United Methodist Ambassadors of Cheer were offering hot cocoa to strangers at Penn Station in Baltimore, hoping to warm their stomachs and their hearts. Read More

Street teams, toting state-of-the-art hot cocoa jetpack dispensers, will extend a warm invitation to

United Methodist Church offers the gift of hospitality with a warm welcome

The United Methodist Church is taking to the streets of nine major U.S. cities this Christmas with a warm invitation and a hot cup of cocoa. Read More

Young people at Woodridge United Methodist Church hang a poster raising awareness of the issues of human trafficking. UMNS file photo by the Rev. Dave Buerstatta.

Human trafficking is about people

Do we see others as fundamentally sacred or as potential servants of our agenda? How we answer will help determine the fate of human trafficking. Read More

With three Syrian refugee families standing behind her, Nora Basha, with the Syrian American Council of Indiana, speaks during a press conference before a Dec. 11 rally and candlelight vigil in support of Syrian refugee families. The event was held by the council at Epworth United Methodist Church in Indianapolis. Photo by Dan Gangler, UMNS

An interfaith welcome for Syrian refugees in Indiana

Christians, Jews, Muslims show support for Syrian families through rally, prayer vigil at Epworth United Methodist Church in Indianapolis. Read More

Shades of Grace is a United Methodist congregation in Kingsport, Tenn. comprised mainly of homeless people. Video image courtesy of United Methodist Communications.

Open Doors for the Homeless

“I’m not where I want to be, but thanks be to God, I’m not where I was.” Congregation offers Shades of Grace to those living on the streets. View

Like many refugees, this Syrian girl photographed in front of Budapest Keleti Railway Station on September 3, 2015, is far from home. Photo by Mstyslav Chernov [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.

German bishop on migrants: ‘Meet people, not problems’

United Methodist Bishop Rosemarie Wenner shares how doing many little things together can make a big difference in ministry with Syrian refugees. Read More

United Methodists in Hungary are a part of Hungarian Interchurch Aid and have assisted in the refugee effort. Photo by Fekete Dániel, HIA-Hungary, ACT Alliance.

Welcoming the Stranger: Difficult and Necessary

The United Methodist Church in Europe and at the global level is responding to the migration crisis. See answers to some of the most common concerns. Read More

Migrants form a crowd at the Keleti pályaudvar train station Sept. 2 in Budapest while waiting passage to Germany, Austria and other wealthier countries within the European Union where the laws on refugee protection are better. Photo by Daniel Peters for UMNS

Churches find challenges, blessings in Europe’s migration crisis

'To seek asylum is one of the human rights,' says United Methodist bishop in Germany. As many migrants face death and abuse, some advocates are providing support. Read More

Participants surround Lou Stefan, a volunteer with Team Read, a program in Memphis, Tenn. that teaches foundational words to second-graders. Photo courtesy of Germantown United Methodist Church.

Coaches, kids make Team Read a strong church/school partnership

'I believe the service of churches in our public schools will be what saves them both,' says United Methodist Jackie Flaum, a head coach in the tutoring program. Read More

Dorothy Booker walks along the incomplete outdoor prayer pavilion at historic Gulfside Assembly in Waveland, Miss. Hurricane Katrina destroyed every building on the grounds in 2005. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Gulfside Assembly re-imagining future of historic site

Katrina hit just 16 days after Gulfside Assembly had celebrated opening the Norris Center, a $3 million building named for Bishop Alfred L. Norris. Read More

Earl Wollitt (right, foreground) casts his eyes upward during worship at Seashore Mission United Methodist Church in Biloxi, Miss. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Homeless shelter feeds bodies and souls

Hurricane Katrina destroyed Seashore Mission, but it has relocated and serves more than 200 meals, three days a week to the poor and homeless. Read More

Revi Sterling (second from left) works with NetHope, which specializes in improving IT connectivity in developing countries. Photo courtesy of Revi Sterling.

Revi Sterling: Changing women’s lives one cell phone at a time

Revi Sterling works with NetHope, focusing on IT connectivity for females in developing countries. 'Women have a lot of things to say and often, only men have the technology.' Read More

Oakwood (Minn.) United Methodist Church women serve snacks to new moms at the Early Childhood and Family Education Baby Shower. Photo courtesy of Oakwood United Methodist Church.

Congregation commits totally to church/school partnership

'Who would notice if you closed your church?' Minnesota parish answers bishop's query by adopting school with 700 students. And more. Read More

Pastors Willis Johnson (left) and Matt Miofsky (right) talk before services at The Gathering United Methodist Church in St.  Louis, Missouri.  Video image by United Methodist Communications.

Pastors fight racism, move forward after Ferguson

A year after racial tensions exploded in a small town, two United Methodist faith families say their commitment-and their connection-is stronger. Read More

Dare, a black Labrador, finds new friends through Paws and Play at Jefferson Elementary School in Wichita, Kansas. Photo Courtesy of East Heights United Methodist Church. Edited for UMC.org.

Paws and Play: Church/school program benefits kids

Three canine “volunteers” from East Heights United Methodist Church provide comfort for students. “They seem to feel safe telling the dogs what they are feeling.” Read More

Grateful students from Dover (Florida) Elementary School thank volunteers from St. Andrew's United Methodist Church in Brandon, Florida. Photo courtesy of St. Andrew's United Methodist Church. Edited by UMC.org.

Procession of Hopefulness: Church/school partnerships

Programs provide a safe haven for teens, much-needed tutoring, driver education and more, allowing United Methodists to “bless and empower both children and churches.” Read More

Rev. Will Shewey carries in the donated meal that will be served before worship at Shades of Grace in downtown Kingsport, Tennessee. Photo by Annette Spence, courtesy of the Holston Conference.

The least of these: Church serves ‘forgotten community’

Located in a former store, church's congregation is 50 percent homeless and provides meals, showers, prayer and acceptance. “This church is amazing. They don’t judge.” Read More

Can train is among entries created by businesses in Connellsville, Pennsylvania, for community-wide competition benefitting the conference's food pantry mission. Photo courtesy of Western Pennsylvania Conference.

‘Can creations’ benefit food pantry in Western Pennsylvania

Businesses in Connellsville crafted unique sculptures using cans for a friendly community-wide competition. Proceeds support area food pantries. Read More

Dakota Wesleyan University senior Brent Matter volunteers for the Weekend Snack Pack Program. Photo courtesy of Dakota Wesleyan University.

Dakota Wesleyan students, faculty take a bite out of hunger

Dakota Wesleyan University, which has emerged as a global leader in solving hunger issues, was recently recognized at the United Nations. Read More

Food drive logo courtesy of the Pacific Northwest Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Football challenge spurs friendly ‘food fight’

Friendly rivalry between the Pacific Northwest and the New England Conferences during Super Bowl XLIX will mean food for meal programs, high-needs schools. Read More

Jonathan Palant, music minister at Kessler United Methodist Church, leads rehearsal for a performance of

Music minister steps out with Street Choir

Jonathan Palant recruits opera star to sing with ecumenical choir and homeless ensemble in “Street Requiem.” Read More

Intercept Human Trafficking logo, courtesy United Methodist Women.

Help ‘intercept’ human trafficking during Super Bowl

Thousands will travel to Phoenix for the big game, but many will be there by force. Find out how United Methodist Women plan to ‘huddle’ to help combat human trafficking. Read More

The Rev. David Scavuzzo, lead pastor at Strongsville United Methodist Church, and church member Sue Puffer have helped organize a summer camp for abused and neglected foster children (Bob Sandrick/Northeast Ohio Media Group).

Camp for foster kids includes birthday cake

Rev. David Scavuzzo says church program will include parties for children who may have never had one - and the loving message that 'God has a purpose for their lives.’ Read More

Professional driver Geneva Williams poses with Fast Track 2 Success students during their visit to a hot rod race track. Photo courtesy Grace Community United Methodist Church, Chester, Pennsylvania.

Motor sports program puts kids on ‘Fast Track 2 Success’

Church’s youth initiative, supported by Human Relations Day offering, teaches life skills as well as science, engineering and mathematics through cars and fun. Read More

Thousands of refugees stream across the Tigris River from Syria into Iraq. Photo by Galiya Gubaeva, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Syrian refugees: ‘Anonymous Holy Families’

With millions of people displaced in Syria, Iraq and other areas of unrest, many families are facing a cold winter without homes. Find out how the church is helping. Read More

Heart hands. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

UMC #GivingTuesday is Dec. 2

When United Methodists are united, we multiply the impact. Be part of a global movement to begin the holiday season with a focus on helping others. Read More

Boy harvests okra on his family's farm in Brazil. Photo courtesy of Grassroots International.

UMCOR helps keep food, and family farmers, safe

The United Methodist Committee on Relief is helping families fight for their land in Brazil and elsewhere. Read More

Food packaging for Society of St. Andrew. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

September is National Hunger Action Month

The U. S. will throw away 133 billion pounds of food this year alone. Find ways your congregation can take a stand against hunger. Read More

Resident of tent city in Greenville, South Carolina with puppy. Photo by Jessica Connor, the South Carolina Advocate.

Being real: Relationships serve people in poverty

One woman’s journey into a tent city reveals real stories of the homeless, and how ministry workers bring hope of a new life. Read More

Participants in training with Global Ministries learn how to select quality Moringa leaves for drying and processing. Photo courtesy Mozart Adevu.

UMCOR equips communities to fight hunger

Program gives the hungry in places like Sudan and Liberia skills in sustainable agriculture. “Knowledge cannot be destroyed by war, stolen, or separated from the individual.” Read More

The 2013

Homeless scholars inspire church pageant

Two sisters, who graduated with honors despite being homeless, inspired a Georgia church to incorporate their story into a Christmas play. Read More

2013 hunger report: Goals ‘within reach’

Report on world hunger notes measurable successes in poorest countries. Read More

2012: Hunger spiked when disaster struck

Whether natural or economic, disasters have driven up need for food assistance this year. Read More

Bridging the poverty gap

Taking on the role of someone in poverty gives participants in the Circles Initiative a different perspective on how to help. Read More

Helping the Homeless 101

For college students running a Philadelphia homeless shelter, the biggest lesson is one they aren't learning in class. Read More

Ending hunger in 5 years ‘doable’

Include God and make the effort, urges president of international hunger-relief organization. Read More

Children and their families enjoy a free meal at Wesley United Methodist Church in Fresno, Calif. Photo by Barry Simmons.

More children in poverty not a surprise

United Methodists emphasize need to break poverty cycle along with maintaining programs to care for children. Read More