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Closing with prayer in Philadelphia

A United Methodist minister will give the closing prayer Thursday night at the Democratic National Convention. Read More

The Rev. Edlen Cowley (standing right) of Fellowship United Methodist Church in Trophy Club, Texas, and the Rev. Andy Stoker (standing left) of First United Methodist Church in Dallas lead a July 24 small group discussion about how United Methodists can respond constructively to the Dallas police shootings. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS

Making a difference in Dallas

United Methodists bond after police shootings, seeking to promote dialogue and social action Read More

People stop alongside a makeshift memorial to victims of the July 22 Olympia Mall shooting in Munich that killed nine and left 27 injured. Photo © Volker Kiemle

Munich church becomes sanctuary during shooting

When a gunman opened fire at a German mall, a nearby United Methodist church offered refuge and comfort to frightened shoppers. Read More

Bishop Bruce R. Ough reads a Council of Bishops statement about sexuality and the church at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference. File photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS

Bishops approve plan for sexuality panel

The bishops’ executive committee also acknowledged the church’s fast-changing landscape as it plans the Commission on a Way Forward. Read More

United Methodist Bishops Solito K. Toquero (left) and Rodolfo A. Juan break sweet potatoes for Holy Communion at a rally during the first State of the Nation Address July 25 by President Rodrigo R. Duterte of the Philippines in Quezon City. Photo courtesy of Darlene Marquez-Caramanzana

Church supports ‘genuine change’ in Philippines

New president’s State of the Nation Address inspires hope in many. Read More

The Rev. Steven Bailey, a United Methodist pastor in Cleveland, will give the invocation on July 21 at the Republican National Convention.

Offering a prayer in Cleveland

A United Methodist district superintendent will give the invocation Thursday night at the Republican National Convention. Read More

Church members line up to make contributions using point-of-sale machines at Chisipiti United Methodist Church in Harare, Zimbabwe. A UMNS photo by Kudzai Chingwe.

Zimbabwe churches find cash alternatives for giving

The African country’s current cash shortages have pushed United Methodist churches to suggest plastic or electronic transfers for offerings. Read More

Bishop Franz Schaefer led United Methodists in Central and Southern Europe during the Cold War. Photo courtesy of Bishop Patrick Streiff's office

Bishop Schäfer, bridge builder, dies at 95

The bishop crossed ideological differences to lead United Methodists in both democratic Western Europe and the Eastern bloc. Read More

Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. is consecrated July 16, 2016, as a new bishop in the South Central Jurisdiction during a ceremony at Wichita First United Methodist Church. Photo by Todd Seifert, Great Plains Conference.

U.S. bishops begin new assignments on Sept. 1

Some bishops move to new locations, others stay put as the 2016 jurisdictional conferences of The United Methodist Church conclude after electing 15 new bishops. Read More

Bishop Karen Oliveto, the first openly gay bishop in The United Methodist Church, kneels during the consecration service held on July 16, 2016, at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church in Scottsdale, Arizona. Photo by Patrick Scriven, Pacific-Northwest Conference

Married lesbian consecrated United Methodist bishop

The Rev. Karen Oliveto, a married lesbian, was consecrated July 16 as a bishop of the United Methodist Church, after her election by the Western Jurisdiction. Read More