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Bishop Joseph C. Sprague attends a Freedom School in the West Ohio Conference in 2011. He was part of the first Freedom Schools in Mississippi in 1964.

Freedom Summer remains vision of hope

Retired Bishop C. Joseph Sprague attributes his time at Freedom Summer with shaping who he is today. Read More

Rontrell reads the book

Freedom rings for happy summer scholars

Freedom Schools in 29 states are helping more than 11,500 children develop a love for reading and gain extra self-esteem. Read More

Marchers for Korean Peace gather in front of the White House.  Photo by Jacob Lee, UMNS

‘A dream for peace on the Korean Peninsula’

Washington peace march highlights call by worldwide ecumenical movement, including United Methodists, for peace treaty after 61 years. Read More

(From left)  Archbishop Tamba Charles of the Freetown Archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church in Sierra Leone; Sheik Abubakar Conteh , president of inter- religious council of Sierra Leone,  and  United Methodist resident bishop, John K. Yambasu,  chairman of the religious leaders task force,  stand together at a July 11 press conference. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS; Photo by Phileaus Jusu, UMNS

Sierra Leone task force targets Ebola

Interfaith alliance, including United Methodists, to launch massive awareness campaign to halt infections of deadly disease. Read More

Edith Lee-Payne celebrated her 12th birthday listening to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. give his

Path to Civil Rights Act took sacrifice, faith

Icon and civil rights activist Edith Lee-Payne, a United Methodist, says the struggle to achieve the Civil Rights Act of 1964 should never be forgotten. Read More

The Rev. Stephen Handy prays with the staff of the YouthWorks mission camp at  McKendree United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn.  Photo courtesy of McKendree United Methodist Church.

United Methodist church vitality increases in U.S.

Between 2010 and 2012, the denomination more than doubled its percentage of ‘highly vital’ congregations in the U.S. Here’s what makes churches vibrant. Read More

Video image shows members of Rose (NY) United Methodist Church appearing in a music video for Reba McEntire's song

Church members “pray for peace” in Reba McEntire video

"The Methodists are in with Reba now." Members of the Rose (NY) United Methodist Church appear in a newly-released music video by the country star. Read More

Logo for 2014 Global Young People's Convocation in Manila. Courtesy: GBOD

Young United Methodists urge church unity

Attendees at 2014 convocation issued statement: "We urge everyone to unity...rather than focus only on issues that divide us." Read More

A couple lingers following the I Have A Dream Speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. in Washington, D.C. on Aug. 28, 1963.

Living the legacy of Freedom Summer

United Methodists reflect on where they were during the summer of 1964 in Mississippi and the year in which the U.S. Civil Rights Act was signed. Read More

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Re-evaluating John Wesley’s time in Georgia

Scholar argues that Methodism’s founder encountered success as well as failure as a young missionary pastor. Read More

The Rev. Juan Guerrero baptizes a child in Honduras. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Juan Guerrero

Commentary: Why Honduran children are coming to U.S.

The leader of the United Methodist mission in Honduras discusses the root causes of why children take on the dangerous journey to the United States. Read More

An appeal has been filed with the United Methodist Judicial Council to the June 23 decision to reinstate the Rev. Frank Schaefer’s ordination credentials. Judicial Council will meet in October.

Update: Schaefer case appealed to Judicial Council

The United Methodist Church’s top court is asked to review an appeals panel’s decision to reinstate clergy credentials. Read More

IRD agrees not to use church mailing list info

United Methodist North Texas Conference says out-of-court agreement with advocacy group will protect church members. Read More

Fanta Josiah sits in front of the insecticide-treated mosquito net she received from the United Methodist Church's Imagine No Malaria campaign in 2010 at her home in Bumpe, near Bo, Sierra Leone. The insecticide in nearing the end of its useful life and several villages in the Bo district will receive new nets from the campaign in the first planned redistribution to replace the nets given in 2010. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.; Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Strong support drives Alabama-West Florida toward Imagine No Malaria goal

The annual conference celebrates a record offering and approaches 60 percent of its $1 million goal. Read More

Kevin Kosh graduation

McCord Scholar finds purpose in ministry

Rust College helped shape Kevin Kosh Jr.'s faith and put him on course for a career of empowering others. Read More

Larry McCormack, staff photographer at the Nashville Tennessean, stands in the Civil Rights Room of the Nashville Public Library where his photo composites, part of a collection called

A lens-eye view of the civil rights struggle

Tennessean photographer Larry McCormack hopes when viewers look at his visual mingling of past and present they get a sense of walking into history. Read More

Participants of the Global Young People's Convocation wait out Typhoon Rammasun in the Philippines. The event is hosted by the United Methodist Board of Discipleship. Photo by Jen Tyler, Global Ministries.

Church youth take shelter, pray for others, as typhoon hits Philippines

Participants at global youth convocation sing songs together and share concern for those less secure amid powerful storm. More

Young people from Central America wear shoes without laces. Photo courtesy Viky Garcia, Laredo Humanitarian Relief Team.

Church seeks to meet needs in border crisis

United Methodists turning attention to “sobering” crisis of unaccompanied minors and others from Central America crossing into U.S. Read More

A mural promoting peace in three languages, English, Arabic and Hebrew, adorns a wall outside the Mar Elias Educational Institute in Ibillin, Israel. 1999 file photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Pastors urge fast July 15 for Mideast peace

Two Texas pastors were inspired by reports of Muslims and Jews coming together, including the families of slain Israeli and Palestinian boys. Read More

Photo by Peter Williams/WCC.

Can Christian commitment help lead world to peace?

Members of the World Council of Churches, including The United Methodist Church, pledge a “pilgrimage of justice and peace.” Read More