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Around Christmas time in Sweden, one of the biggest celebrations is St. Lucia’s Day celebrated by a girl dressing in a white dress with a red sash round her waist and a crown of candles on her head.

Santa teaches lesson in grace

It is an emotional and spiritual tightrope that many families walk between letting their children have a magical Christmas and making sure they know that Jesus is the reason for... Read More

Cristina Manabat of the Philippines (front) joins a United Methodist Women's rally for the right to clean water for all outside the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

United Methodist Women strengthen leaders and mission partnerships

The church’s women’s ministry highlights its accomplishments in a 2016 Agency Report. Read More

John Wesley argued throughout his life against a complete separation from the Church of England. This statue of him stands outside his house in London. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

What John Wesley teaches about church unity

Wesleyan scholars say that when it comes to Methodism’s founder, the subject of unity gets complicated. Read More

The Wespath Benefits and Investments building in Glenview, Ill. Photo courtesy of Wespath.

Benefits agency changed name, but kept mission in 2016

The church’s benefits agency highlights its accomplishments in a 2016 Agency Report. Read More

An aerial view of Africa University, located in Mutare, Zimbabwe, shows the central area of the campus, with the chapel and library. Photo courtesy of Africa University

Africa University gets boost from non-church partnerships

New partnerships have been a boon to Africa University’s Pan-African mission. Read More

Erin Hawkins, top executive of the United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race, speaks on May 10 to the United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. Hawkins was discussing intercultural competency. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Religion and Race focused on awareness, equipping leaders

The church’s agency for racial equality lays out accomplishments in its 2016 Agency Report. Read More

Native Americans from left, Eugene Sanchez, Jason Umtuch, Martan Mendenhall, and Hugh Ahnatock, all of Portland, Ore., drum and sing at the Oceti Sakowin camp where people have gathered to protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline in Cannon Ball, N.D., Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Sunday that it won't grant an easement for the Dakota Access oil pipeline in southern North Dakota, handing a victory to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and its supporters, who argued the project would threaten the tribe's water source and cultural sites. Photo by David Goldman, AP

Pipeline protest supporters cheer re-route ruling

United Methodists who backed the Standing Rock Sioux’ protest of the Dakotas Access Pipeline say the ruling is a win for Native American sovereignty, water safety. Read More

Bishop Rodolfo A. Juan and his wife, Dr. Lurleen Lapuz Juan, greet the delegates at the Philippines Central Conference after he was re-elected bishop on Dec. 3. Photo by Gladys Mangiduyos.

Bishop Juan re-elected, assigned to Davao area

With the election of Bishop Rodolfo A. Juan, all three incumbent United Methodist bishops in the Philippines have been re-elected by the Philippines Central Conference. Read More

Bishop Ciriaco Q. Francisco, accompanied by his wife, Restetita Victoria, spoke Dec. 2 to delegates at the Philippines Central Conference after his re-election as a bishop in The United Methodist Church. Photo by Gladys Mangiduyos, UMNS

Francisco re-elected bishop in Philippines

Francisco is a member of the Council of Bishops executive committee and chairs the Standing Committee on Central Conference Matters. Read More

A 1,200-voice choir was a highlight of Revive 2 at the Ultra-Philippines Sports Complex in Pasig City on Nov. 26, an event which drew 10,000 United Methodists.

Revive 2 in Philippines draws 10,000

This was the second revival event held to highlight the legacy and contributions of The United Methodist Church. Read More