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Commentary: An executive order with memory

Trump’s executive order on immigration brings back memories for Japanese Americans, who this weekend mark the anniversary of a similar moment in history from the last century. Read More

St. Paul United Methodist Church in Dallas recently went on the National Register of Historic Places. The Collegiate Gothic Revival sanctuary was built from 1913 to 1927, as funds were available. St. Paul is the only predominantly African-American church left in a part of downtown Dallas that was a center of black life during segregation. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS.

Historic black church determined to look forward

Dallas’ St. Paul United Methodist, under the Rev. Richie Butler, seeks growth, influence even as it goes on National Register of Historic Places. Read More

Humberto Barralaga, second from right, was arrested by officials with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Feb. 7. Barralaga, a member of the lay leadership at the House of Prayer United Methodist Church in Dodge City, Kansas, is shown with his family. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Raciel Quintana.

Immigration officials detain United Methodist leader

Humberto Barralaga is one of more than 600 people arrested in federal immigration raids. He and others are seeing their families divided. Read More

Students walk on the campus of United Methodist-related Duke University in Durham, N.C. Duke and Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, are joining fifteen other private colleges in a legal challenge to President Donald Trump’s immigration restrictions. Photo courtesy of Duke Photography.

Universities join amicus brief against immigration orders

Two United Methodist-related colleges say President Trump’s immigration orders hinder academic freedom. Read More

In this scene from “Hidden Figures,” Taraji P. Henson in her role as Katherine G. Johnson stands out amid her team of fellow mathematicians that helped send into orbit John Glenn. Photo by Hopper Stone, “Hidden Figures” (20th Century Fox)

‘Hidden Figures’ mathematician raised Methodist

Katherine Johnson was one of three African-American women who had a key role in the early U.S. space program. Read More

A woman holds a baby while seated among refugees at the United Methodist Church ATC/Nukkai in Jalingo, Nigeria. United Methodist churches in Nigeria are serving as refugee camps for people displaced after attacks on villages in Lau, a local government area in Taraba State in Northern Nigeria. Photo by the Rev. Ande I. Emmanuel, UMNS.

United Methodist churches welcome refugees in Nigeria

Village attacks leave 15 people dead and more than 7,000 displaced, many of whom are United Methodists. Read More

Philippines church holds sexuality forum

A recent forum on sexuality at a local United Methodist Church was an effort to support denomination-wide conversations on LGBTQ people. Read More

Faith leaders cheer latest ruling on Trump travel ban

Appeals court ruling stops ban of refugees from seven mostly Muslim countries. Read More

Ophthalmologists Jessica Shantha (from left), Moges Teshome and Steven Yeh pose with Umaru Sesay, 12, from Moyamba Junction, Sierra Leone. Sesay, who had cataracts as a result of contracting Ebola, had a successful operation that allowed him return to school. A partnership between Emory University and the Christian Blind Mission provides free cataract surgery to Ebola survivors at the Ruth and Lowell Gess Eye Hospital in eastern Freetown. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

Free surgery for Ebola survivors

A partnership between United Methodist-related Emory University and others is improving the eyesight of Ebola survivors in Sierra Leone. Read More

The Orchard, which denominational data lists as the 16th highest in worship attendance in the U.S., and another large congregation, Getwell Road United Methodist Church, have each begun steps to leave the denomination. Photo courtesy of The Orchard

2 big churches seek exit from denomination

Leaders of the Mississippi congregations expressed frustration with the denomination’s ongoing homosexuality debate. Read More