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Mika Sam, 15, studies a display of Native American leaders inside the Museum of the Cherokee Indian in Cherokee, N.C.  A member of the Choctaw tribe, he attends Great Spirit United Methodist Church in Bogue Chitto, Miss. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Native Americans share stories, songs at conference

Gathering included a ‘Cherokee Immersion,’ with visits to a Native American museum and village in Cherokee, North Carolina. Read More

Volunteers wait to help recover bodies of those killed in flooding and a mudslide near Freetown, Sierra Leone. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS

Church leaders visit Sierra Leone disaster area

United Methodist bishop prays for God to have mercy on Sierra Leone as he leads clergy group to visit two communities devastated by flooding and a mudslide. Read More

A view of Sugar Loaf Mountain in Regent area of Freetown, Sierra Leone, shows the breadth of the area that was devastated by flooding on Aug. 14. Torrential rains led a mudslide that resulted in the death of nearly 400 people with figures expected to rise as recovery efforts continue. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

Hundreds dead, missing in Sierra Leone mudslides, flooding

The numbers of dead and missing after torrential rains led to deadly mudslides is expected to rise as recovery efforts continue. Read More

The congregation of Guam United Methodist Church celebrated their building’s 20th anniversary in June. The church building has withstood the island’s frequent typhoons and earthquakes. Guam became the center of the threatened nuclear showdown last week between North Korea and the U.S. Photo by Johann Osias.

Guam church prays for restraint on nuclear threat

Although many on island are “unfazed” by nuclear threat, a “greater danger” arising from U.S.-North Korea confrontation is acknowledged. Read More

Women weave a loom of prayer at Wellspring United Methodist Church in Ferguson, Mo. The prayer loom was among the ways United Methodists across the United States addressed the violence in Charlottesville, Va. Photo courtesy of the Rev. F. Willis Johnson.

At Sunday worship, pastors decry racism

After witnessing the white supremacy that led to deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, United Methodists across the U.S. spent Sunday proclaiming a different way in Christ. Read More

Bishop Minerva Carcaño and Bishop Mande Muyombo offer communion during opening worship at the 46th MARCHA Assembly in Dallas. MARCHA, the denomination’s Hispanic/Latino caucus, met at a Dallas hotel but held worship services in Perkins Chapel, at Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS.

Prophetic speaking a given at MARCHA

The church’s Hispanic/Latino caucus discusses Trump effect and celebrates 25th anniversary of the National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministry. Read More

United Methodists were among demonstrators from 14 states who joined in the anti-racism protests in Charlottesville, Virginia. The march turned deadly when a car rammed through a group protesters who were there to counter the Aug. 12 march by white nationalists fighting the moving of a Confederate statue. Photo by Richard Lord, UMNS.

Church shelters protesters amid deadly turmoil

First United Methodist Church provides safe space for anti-racism protesters after turmoil around a white nationalist rally turns deadly. Read More

The Rev. Susan Ferguson (center) of Asbury United Methodist Church in Lafayette, La., prays with Trent Noel (right) and his son, Jay Barnes, who are gutting flood-damaged drywall at the home of Noel's mother in Lafayette, La., in August 2016. As the one-year anniversary of the flood approaches, United Methodists in Louisiana are looking for more volunteer teams to continue the recovery work. File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Louisiana needs flood-recovery volunteers

A year after Louisiana's “1,000-year rain,” United Methodists are helping residents with home repairs and other support services. Read More

Delegate George Howard moves to approve a request from the United Methodist Council of Bishops during the 2016 General Conference in Portland, Ore. General Conference agreed to let the bishops name a commission charged with advising how the denomination might stay together despite divisions over homosexuality. The Commission on a Way Forward's closed-door meetings approach has found support and criticism. File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Commission’s closed meetings find support, criticism

Some endorse Commission on a Way Forward’s approach. Others say it violates the church’s stance on transparency. Read More

Youth participate in afternoon crafts at the Native American International Caucus’ Family Camp held July 24-27, 2017, in Gore, Okla. It’s the first time the camp has been held in nearly a decade. Photo by Ginny Underwood, UMNS.

Native American Family Camp returns

Gathering focuses on strengthening health and vitality among Native people and communities. Read More