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Bishop Bruce R. Ough (left) speaks during a May 22, 2018, oral hearing before the United Methodist Judicial Council, meeting in Evanston, Ill. At right is Bishop Scott Jones. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Question to court: Who can submit petitions?

In a two-hour session, streamed online, Judicial Council heard arguments about petitions related to the special General Conference in 2019. Read More

Bishop John K. Yambasu (center) dedicates a United Methodist primary school in Sayllu, his home village, near Bo, Sierra Leone. The school, the first in this remote village, includes a water well for community use. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

First school opens in bishop’s home village

Sierra Leone Area Bishop John K. Yambasu celebrates new opportunities for the children in this remote community who once had to travel long distances for an education. Read More

Harriett Jane Olson, United Methodist Women chief executive officer, gives closing remarks at the United Methodist Women Assembly 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

United Methodist Women urged to boldly change world

More than 6,000 women gathered for three days of listening, learning and social action geared toward giving them the “power of bold.” Read More

The Rev. Cecelia Marpleh, district superintendent for the Liberia Conference, presents a motorbike to Pastor William Kulah for his travels to Gbanjuloma United Methodist Church each week. With the motorbike, it takes him five hours to get to his assigned church. Photo be E Julu Swen, UMNS.

Bicycles, motorbikes help spread gospel in Liberia

Local pastors continue to benefit from church’s Bikes and Bibles ministry as they travel long distances to lead worship, evangelize. Read More

Photo of Jared Black, courtesy of family. Black was a victim of a school shooting in Santa Fe, Texsa, in May, 2018.

Church helps while grieving mass shooting victim

Aldersgate United Methodist in Santa Fe, Texas, opens doors to agencies providing counseling and other support. Read More

The Rev Alicia Coltzer-Besser, superintendent of the Texas Conference's Southeast District, and her mother, Margaret Heck. Heck was substitute teaching at Santa Fe High School, near Galveston, Texas, when a mass shooting occurred there May 18. She was unharmed. Photo courtesy Texas Conference.

United Methodists, bishop respond to school shooting

United Methodists in the Santa Fe, Texas, area and Bishop Scott Jones have responded to a deadly school shooting. Read More

Bishop Kenneth H. Carter Jr. (middle) and Bishop Bruce R. Ough listen to Bishop Cynthia F. Harvey during a May 4 press conference after the Council of Bishops recommended the One Church Plan to help The United Methodist Church stay unified despite division over how to minister with LGBTQ persons. The council issued a May 18 press release clarifying its recommendation. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Bishops clarify statement on Way Forward recommendation

One Church Plan is headed for the special General Conference as legislation with ʽsupplementary materials’ provided on two other plans. Read More

Deaconess Evana Lewis (front) of the New York Conference joins other United Methodist Women in a rally for a fair living wage on the steps of the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus during the United Methodist Women Assembly 2018. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Women act on faith, ‘pass out grace’

United Methodist women from around the world kick off 2018 Assembly with day of work and advocacy. Read More

The Rev. Jose Nieves (standing, foreground) meets at Boggy Creek Elementary with families who were displaced from Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria and have relocated to Kissimmee, Fla. Photo by Linda Logston.

Florida United Methodists help Puerto Rican refugees

United Methodists in Kissimmee, Florida, have helped more than 600 Puerto Rican families who arrived in the Orlando area after hurricanes Irma and Maria. Read More

United Methodist bishops pose for a group photo in May 2017 on the steps of First United Methodist Church in Dallas. Photo by Maidstone Mulenga, Council of Bishops.

Church court asked to set scope of petitions

The United Methodist Church's top court, the Judicial Council, will hear arguments related to what legislation can be submitted to the special General Conference in 2019. Read More

A woman writes on a chalkboard during training provided for the wives of theology students at Kindu United Methodist University in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The seminary students are often accompanied by their spouses, and classes in literacy, cooking and sewing support the women in their future role as pastors’ wives. Photo by Judith Osongo Yanga, UMNS.

Training transforms lives in Congo

While their husbands study theology, women learn vocational skills that improve self-esteem and benefit families. Read More

Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton (center), who leads the New York Conference, speaks during a meeting of the Commission on General Conference in Des Moines, Iowa. Seated to the left and right are Duncan McMillan, the commission chair, and Moses Kumar, General Conference treasurer. Photo by Art McClanahan, Iowa Conference.

Paying for the special General Conference

The Commission on General Conference approved registration fees for visitors to GC2019. A big concern is helping delegates do their work. Read More

Courtesy photo the Rev. Chappell Temple.

Commentary: Open for (church) business

The Rev. Chappell Temple writes about closed meetings in The United Methodist Church and the need for transparency in conducting church business. Read More

Kuda Dozva (holding sign) talks about fundraising and pastoral care during training held in Harare, Zimbabwe, for church leaders from the South Congo Conference. Photo by Chenayi Kumuterera, UMNS.

African partnership spurs ideas, understanding

South Congo visitors to Zimbabwe discover “seeing is believing” as they witness classroom lessons put into practice. Read More

Screen shot from a livestream Q&A held by Bishop Scott Jones with members of the Texas Conference. From left, Leah Taylor, member of the Commission on a Way Forward, Bishop Scott Jones, and the Rev. Jessica LaGrone, also a commission member. Photo courtesy of the Texas Conference.

Bishops’ action leads to questions

Some bishops expect three plans will be submitted as legislation to the special General Conference. Other bishops emphasize only one plan has their recommendation. Read More

Bembeueza Solonge (center, holding baby) and her family make their home under a tree for lack of shelter after flooding in Kivu, Congo. Nine people have died and thousands of homes and buildings have been destroyed, including United Methodist schools and churches. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UMNS.

United Methodists among dead in Congo flooding

Five United Methodist schools, two local churches and pastoral homes also were destroyed by heavy rains and flooding in the Uvira District of Kivu. Read More

Dawn Wiggins Hare, top executive of the United Methodist General Commission on the Status and Role of Women speaks at a May 9 orientation for women delegates at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore.

Women grieve amendment failures, vow to work harder

United Methodists react to failure of two amendments aimed at equality for women. Read More

Louisiana Area Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey anoints the Rev. David Niu of the California-Nevada Conference during a reaffirmation of baptism service at Facing the Future 2018, an event for clergy in cross-racial/cross-cultural appointments hosted by the United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race in Newark, N.J. Photo by Joey Butler, UMNS.

Facing the Future 2018 envisions multicultural church

As the number of pastors serving congregations who don’t look like them grows, conference aims to equip both clergy and congregants to overcome cultural obstacles. Read More

The United Methodist Church of the Kasongo-Samba District is helping those displaced by insecurity in the Maniema province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. “The (recent) help we have brought does not mean that we have finished all the needs of those who have not yet returned home,” said East Congo Bishop Gabriel Yemba Unda. “We pray to the Lord that we find ways to assist them. They are all children of God.” Photo by Judith Osongo Yanga, UMNS.

United Methodists who fled insecurity in Congo return home

East Congo bishop urges assisting the displaced and welcoming the militia who are laying down arms in Maniema. Read More

United Methodist Bishop Tracy Smith Malone (left) offers Holy Communion to Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett during the closing worship service at the denomination's Council of Bishops meeting in Chicago. The bishops asked the Judicial Council to hold an oral hearing on their request for a declaratory decision of law about what legislation can come before the special session of General Conference. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Judicial Council to hold oral hearing on bishops’ request

The United Methodist Church’s top court has scheduled an oral hearing on a request about what legislation can come before the special General Conference. Read More