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The College of West Africa building will be the site of the new graduate school of theology at United Methodist University in Liberia.  Photo by Julu Swen, UMNS

Liberian church to start graduate school of theology

The hope is that all United Methodist clergy in Liberia will have a minimum of a Master of Divinity degree. Read More

Jonathan Palant, music minister at Kessler United Methodist Church, leads rehearsal for a performance of

Music minister steps out with Street Choir

Jonathan Palant recruits opera star to sing with ecumenical choir and homeless ensemble in “Street Requiem.” Read More

Winners of the Ninth National Bible Quiz stand with organizers and Filipino bishops at the Philippine Bible Society Auditorium in Manila.  The theme of the 2015 quiz was “Sharing God’s World, Empowering the Poor, Transforming the Land.”  The quiz is co-sponsored by The United Methodist Church Board of Christian Education and Discipleship and the Philippine Bible Society. Photo by Gladys P. Mangiduyos, UMNS

National Bible Quiz winner plans to keep studying

Philippine Bible quiz contestants hope to use what they’ve learned to inspire their churches. Read More

The Rev. Liberato (Levi) Bautista, who heads the U.N. office of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society, discusses the importance role that faith-based groups play in international affairs during a Jan. 21 symposium at the Church Center for the United Nations. Photo by Wayne Rhodes, GBCS

Human dignity sets tone for church’s international work

Faith-based and U.N. representatives exchange views on human rights challenges in inaugural symposium at the Church Center for the United Nations. Read More

Chuck, played by Josh Childs, ponders the Gospel of Matthew's account of the  Magi's visit to Jesus. Video image from ‘Chuck Knows Church: Wise Men,’ courtesy United Methodist Discipleship Ministries

6 questions with ‘Chuck Knows Church’ star

Josh Childs, who plays the titular lead, talks about his own faith and his extensive research for the popular series' potluck episode. Read More

Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma commended the Koinadugu district Ebola Response Center for the efficient management of the outbreak since the disease was first reported in the country. The district has recorded no cases in more than a week.  Photo courtesy of Sierra Leone State House Communications Unit

2015 ushers in renewed hope with dip in Ebola cases

Drop in new Ebola cases brings hope for an end to the deadly epidemic in Sierra Leone, as the Christmas lockdown is extended. Read More

The United Methodist pension board plans to exclude certain investments in thermal coal and companies that operate in countries with a pattern of human rights abuses. The board 's concern is such investments are unsustainable. Photo by Choness, iStock

Changes ahead for pension board investments

The board plans to exclude certain investments in thermal coal and companies that operate in countries with a pattern of human rights abuses. Read More

Retired Chief Justice Reynato Puno, a United Methodist layman, and nine other religious leaders and peace advocates from various denominations met with Pope Francis on Jan. 18.

Puno praises pope’s grasp of global problems

United Methodist layman among delegation that met with Pope Francis. Read More

Fields Chapel United Methodist Church, in Cherokee County, Ga., has been going since about 1820. The current sanctuary had its dedication in 1899. The Rev. Sam Jones, a noted revivalist, preached the dedication sermon to a large crowd. Photo by Scott MacInnis, courtesy Historic Rural Churches of Georgia.

Finding friends for old country churches

Two Atlanta men use website to promote preservation of rural sacred spaces. “It turns out a lot of people do care." Read More

Bethel United Methodist Church, near Washington, Ga., was founded around 1835. The current white-frame sanctuary dates to 1916, and was built for about $7,000, including furnishings. Photo by Scott MacInnis, courtesy Historic Rural Churches of Georgia.

Celebrating rural churches

Historic Rural Churches of Georgia highlights nearly 120 church buildings across the state, including many that have a Methodist background and some that are active United Methodist churches. Read More