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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

Beatrice Gbanga, United Methodist health coordinator for the Sierra Leone Annual Conference, says United Methodist maternal and children health care center near Bo is closed after two die from Ebola.

Ebola outbreak closes United Methodist health center

July 10, 2014

United Methodist maternal and children's health center near Bo, Sierra Leone, closed after two children hiding there die of Ebola. Read More

Lindsey White soccer player

Mexico youth soccer team gets assist from Reinhardt University student

A spring-break mission trip turned into a life-changing experience for Lindsey White, a soccer player at the United Methodist-related school. Read More

Clergy and faith leaders gather outside Arch Street United Methodist Church in Philadelphia in support of  Richard Taylor and William Gatewood (at top of stairs in doorway) following their Nov. 9, 2013 wedding

Complaint received for Philly same-sex union

July 9, 2014

United Methodist Bishop Peggy Johnson has received a complaint against the 36 pastors who officiated at the Nov. 9 same-sex union at Arch Street United Methodist Church. Read More

Jane Marshall, hymn composer, plays piano. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS

‘My Eternal King’ launched top Methodist composer

Jane Marshall's first anthem remains a choral favorite on the 60th anniversary of its sheet music publication. Read More

The Rev. Charles Moore. Photo courtesy of the Moore family

Retired pastor saw ‘destiny’ in self-immolation

“I know that some will judge me insane,” said the Rev. Charles R. Moore, who set himself on fire in his Texas hometown. Read More

Retired United Methodist Bishop Melvin G. Talbert .A UMNS file photo by John C. Goodwin

Civil Rights Act: Still relevant

Retired United Methodist Bishop Talbert, a veteran of the Civil Rights Movement in the U.S., reflects on the impact of the 1964 law on his life. Read More

Bishop John K. Yambasu speaks on the Ebola virus during a service of dedication at Valunia United Methodist Church outside Bo, Sierra Leone.

Ebola changes church life in eastern Sierra Leone

July 1, 2014

Bishop says Ebola epidemic "nearing disaster" and forces relocation of a United Methodist pastor and the closing of the UMC Mission in Kailahun District. Read More

Bette Prestwood

Civil Rights Act Anniversary: Before and After

Bette Prestwood worked behind the scenes in support of the proposed Civil Rights Act and urged peaceful acceptances of the changes its passage brought. Read More

Civil Rights Act Anniversary: The Church and the Civil Rights Act

The Rev. Edwin King reflects on the role of the institutional church in ending racial segregation in the United States. Read More

Civil Rights Act Anniversary: ‘I am grateful’

Retired educator the Rev. Margaret Ann Williams is grateful for what the Civil Rights Act let her children accomplish and sees possibilities for her grandchildren. Read More

Civil Rights Act Anniversary: Bending toward justice

The Rev. Maxie Dunnam says good educational opportunities will help overcome disparities that still exist. Read More

Civil Rights Act Anniversary: Committed to liberation

Angella Current-Felder's parents and her experiences during Freedom Summer shaped her continuing concern for the liberation of people of African descent. Read More


Civil Rights Act Anniversary: Not whole yet

Active in the Massachusetts unit of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell traveled the United States working on behalf of the Civil Rights Movement. Read More

President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the 1964 Civil Rights Act as Martin Luther King, Jr., and others, look on.

Civil Rights Act 50th Anniversary

Interpreter Magazine invited six people involved in the struggle for civil rights in the U.S. to share their memories and thoughts about civil rights now. More

Photo taken in 2012 shows state history marker at Mt. Zion Methodist Church in Neshoba County, Mississippi.

Where were you during the Freedom Summer of ‘64?

United Methodist News Service wants your reflections on that historic summer and the passage of the Civil Rights Act. Read More

A view of the Supreme Court of the United States taken from The United Methodist Building in Washington. Photo by Clayton Childers, United Methodist Board of Church and Society

Court: Contraception mandate violates employers’ religious freedom

Some cheer U.S. Supreme Court ruling as victory for religious liberty; others worry about implications for women's reproductive health Read More

Beatrice Gbanga (left), medical and health coordinator for the United Methodist Church's Imagine No Malaria campaign in Sierra Leone, is briefed on efforts to contain the Ebola virus by Mbalu Fonnie, head nurse in the hemorrhagic fever ward at the government hospital in Kenema, Sierra Leone. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

United Methodist Church responds to Ebola outbreak in West Africa

The church and its partners are confronting an unprecedented surge of the deadly disease, which has affected hundreds of people in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. Read More

The skyline of L’viv, Ukraine. German United Methodists recently called upon their government to work for negotiations, rather than military action, in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

German United Methodists seek peace for Russia, Ukraine

Open letter to Merkel calls on German government to work for negotiations and dialogue with all sides, not military action. Read More