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(Top) Early arrivals at the new building sit and wait for the dedication ceremony. (Bottom) The old school building contrasts sharply with the improved building.

United Methodist school gets new building

Operation Classroom replaces unsafe building with modern classrooms for a United Methodist primary school in Sierra Leone. Read More

Tsungira Makoni, 16, wants to stay at Home of Hope orphanage until she finishes school.

Zimbabwe financial woes increase orphanage struggles

The orphanage at The United Methodist Church’s oldest mission struggles to become self-sufficient as it moves to family-style homes. Read More

A wedding band rests on the Cross and Flame insignia of the 2012 Book of Discipline. United Methodist bishops seek to offer clarity after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage legal across the United States. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Bishops offer advice after gay marriage ruling

Conducting a same-sex marriage violates church law, but many bishops say there are ways clergy can be in ministry with same-gender couples. Read More

Choral music, as well as preaching, was part of The Protestant Hour. This recording session occurred in April 1955 at the Protestant Radio and Television Center in Atlanta. Photo courtesy the United Methodist Commission on Archives and History

‘The Protestant Hour’ brought mainline faith to radio

Successor ‘Day1’ continues to broadcast United Methodist preachers and others. Read More

South Carolina United Methodist Bishop L. Jonathan Holston shakes hands with President Obama at the June 26 memorial service for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, killed with eight others at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Photo from C-SPAN livestream of service

United Methodist bishop salutes slain Charleston pastor

“Home-going celebration” for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney focuses on joy, not sorrow, as President Obama delivers the eulogy for the AME pastor killed in church shooting. Read More

Many United Methodists agree that the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage likely will fuel a longtime denominational debate on the church's position on homosexuality. File photo by Clayton Childers, United Methodist Board of Church and Society

Same-sex marriage ruling adds to church debate

Some expect the Supreme Court decision striking state bans on same-sex marriage to affect discussion at next year’s General Conference. Read More

The Africa University Choir sang comforting hymn selections at Francis Burns United Methodist Church in Columbia, S.C., on June 19, the day after nine people were shot at Emanuel AME in Charleston. Photo by Betty Void

AU Choir consoles, encourages South Carolinians

Africa University choir members, shocked by the Charleston church shootings, change program to offer comfort. Read More

The Rev. Cynthia Abrams, director of health and wholeness at the United Methodist Board of Church and Society, speaks during a February rally for health care in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. Over Abrams' left shoulder is the Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe, top executive of the agency. A 2015 file photo courtesy of United Methodist Board of Church and Society.

United Methodists welcome health care ruling

The Supreme Court decision affects church’s commitment to health care and the conferences that send local church employees to the federal exchange. Read More

Canoes and other vessels helped get teens to Cross Point United Methodist Camp in Kingston, Okla., on Monday, June 22. Recent floods have cut off road access. Photo courtesy Cross Point Camp

United Methodist flotilla gets campers across

Everything but an ark was used to transport teens to an Oklahoma Conference camp cut off by flooding Read More

Members of the North Georgia Conference offer prayer in Athens, Ga. following the deadly shooting at Emanuel AME in Charleston, S.C.

Mourning for Charleston, then praying for action

United Methodists in South Carolina and across the U.S. prayed, issued statements and preached about the deadly shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Read More