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The Rev. Stephen Handy from McKendree United Methodist Church leads the opening worship at the quadrennial budget discussion of the Connectional Table Finance Committee and the General Council on Finance and Administration held in Nashville, Tenn.  Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications; Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

Slight budget gains projected for agencies

Decision on Aug. 21 gave general church agencies a bottom line on which to begin building their budgets in 2017-2020. Read More

Christian Zigbuo (right) works to distribute printed information to educate people in Liberia  about the Ebola virus.

Education, economy suffer in Ebola outbreak

Students and staff who are unable to return to classes are volunteering in communities and communicating facts about the disease. Read More

Since July 2014, Samaritan’s Purse has been managing an Ebola isolation center in Liberia located in Foya near the border with Guinea. The organization’s team of medical doctors and highly trained nurses is providing direct clinical care to patients infected with the virus.

Doctor’s daily prayer for Liberia: ‘God, send help’

The Ebola outbreak in Liberia is far more critical than has been reported, a United Methodist doctor just back from West Africa says. Read More

Ganta Hospital in Liberia

Commentary: Cultural norms, politics hinder Ebola response

The precautions that protect against Ebola violate the cultural norms of West Africa. Read More

A store in Monrovia, Liberia, was closed after a nationwide curfew and other restrictions were imposed  to stop the spread of Ebola. Violent protests broke out after two Monrovia neighborhoods were quarantined and people were not allowed to leave. In the rest of the city, some stores and banks were closed because of confusion about restrictions imposed by the government.

Ebola quarantine sparks violent protests

Violence protests follow the lockdown and curfew aimed at stopping spread of Ebola in Liberia. Read More

Photo courtesy of the United Nations.

Marching for climate change action

As world leaders arrive for U.N. summit, United Methodists invited to join Sept. 21 march in New York. Read More

1779 John Wesley letter

Scholar takes his turn with John Wesley’s letters

Perkins’ Ted Campbell says editing task offered “tremendous learning curve.” Read More

Vigil near where Michael Brown was killed. Photo by the Rev. Matt Miofsky.

Church leaders strive to be peacemakers in Ferguson

United Methodists respond in the wake of a police shooting of an unarmed teenager. Read More

Digba Massaquoi waits with her 5-year-old son, Lahai, who is ill, at the health clinic in Benduma, outside Bo, Sierra Leone. Beside her on the bench are insecticide-treated mosquito nets provided by the United Methodist Church's Imagine No Malaria initiative as part of an integrated health campaign during Sierra Leone's national Maternal and Child Health Week. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Fighting malaria means fighting Ebola

Support for Imagine No Malaria has strengthened hospitals and health systems, helping them respond during Ebola crisis. Read More

Ukrainian United Methodists feel strain of war

Members of two United Methodist churches in Eastern Ukraine continue to feel the impact of fighting between rebels and Ukrainian military forces. Read More

The Rev. George McClain, executive director emeritus, Methodist Federation for Social Action Adjunct Faculty: New York Theological Seminary, The College of New Jersey.

‘In Mississippi I learned what church is’

The Rev. George D. McClain remembers the 1964 Freedom Summer as beginning of his theological education. Read More

Ilda Massuanganhe Guambe, a graduate of United Methodist-related Africa University, spoke before the 2014 U.S. Africa Summit in Washington.

AU grad addresses U.S. Africa Summit

Ilda Massuanganhe Guambe, a 2011 graduate of United Methodist-related Africa University, has a passion to promote education for girls. Read More

Commentary: Robin Williams’ death once could have been mine

The constant threat of depression haunts my days, writes Cynthia Astle. She shares how the church has helped her. Read More

Ebola banner in Sierra Leone. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS

Social support key to Ebola fight, leaders say

Training by Religious Leaders Task Force in Sierra Leone focuses on psychological aid to those traumatized by epidemic. Read More

United Methodists, including Beatrice Gbanga (seated at table), medical and health coordinator for the church's Sierra Leone Annual Conference, help spread the word about Ebola during the kickoff for the national Maternal and Child Health Week at the soccer stadium in Bo, Sierra Leone, in June.

Church uses communications to combat Ebola outbreak

The United Methodist Church is responding to the outbreak of deadly Ebola in West Africa with a communications strategy aimed at saving lives and reassuring... Read More

The Rev. William McElvaney, seated, defied United Methodist Church law by presiding at the Saturday, March 1 wedding of George Harris and Jack Evans. The service was at Midway Hills Christian Church in Dallas. UMNS Photo by Sam Hodges

Pastor under complaint enters hospice care

The Rev. William McElvaney, 86, who performed same-sex wedding, tells Dallas congregation his liver cancer has spread. Read More

An educational poster about the dangers of the Ebola virus hangs in the community center at the Jaiama Bongor Chiefdom, outside Bo, Sierra Leone. The World Health Organization has declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa an international health emergency.

Church responds to international emergency of Ebola

“Fear has gripped the nation,” said the Rev. George Wilson, United Methodist communicator with the Liberia Conference. Read More

Friends from Christ Church, a United Methodist congregation in Fairfax Station, Va., help celebrate the sixth birthday of Rawof (center) whose father, Hameed, served as a translator for the U.S. military in his native Afghanistan.

Churches step up to help Afghan interpreters

Eight United Methodist churches have extended their military ministry to include people who at great risk helped coalition forces. Read More

Girls exercise in the physical education class at Al-Zaytoon School, located in the Jabalyia Refugee Camp in the war-torn Gaza Strip, in 2006. File Photo by Paul Jeffrey.

Gaza conflict adds urgency to conference

United Methodists meet in Ohio this week to strengthen relationships with Palestinian Christian partners. Read More

Project Transformation is an eight-week summer camp held in churches creating bonds between the interns and the children they serve. Challye Hays laughs with children as they play corn hole in the gym at Antioch United Methodist Church.

Summer camp changes interns as much as children

Project Transformation, a United Methodist program, improves literacy skills for at-risk children, revitalizes churches, and is nurturing future clergy. Read More