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The Rev. Jimmy Carr was instrumental in creating the Order of Deacons. He also helped Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center better connect with its community. Photo courtesy of Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center.

Jimmy Carr, ‘champion of deacons,’ dies at 72

From the local church to Lake Junaluska to Africa University, Carr modeled bringing the church into the world. Read More

Directors of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society tour the United Nations after their March 24 meeting at the Church Center for the U.N. Photo by Levi Bautista, GBCS.

Active legacy: United Methodists at the UN

Directors of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society visit the base of United Methodist, interfaith work at the United Nations. Read More

The choir at First Grace United Methodist Church led a rousing worship for members of the United Methodist Association of Communicators on March 23. The church, formed when two churches merged after Hurricane Katrina, has become a sanctuary church. Photo by Art McClanahan, UMNS

New Orleans church offers sanctuary

A diverse New Orleans church is willing to shelter undocumented immigrants in danger of being separated from family or returned to countries they fled. Read More

Bishop Minerva Carcaño (left) hugs Chiedza Chiwanza at the conclusion of Sunday worship during the 25th anniversary celebration for Africa University in Mutare, Zimbabwe. Chiwanza, a first-year humanities student, had just presented Carcaño a gift. At right is Bishop James Swanson. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Bishop celebrates God’s promise to Africa University

Bishop Minerva Carcaño urges denomination to believe that greater days are ahead for the pan-African university. Read More

United Methodist Bishop James Swanson (right) and James Salley (center) accept a $1,000 gift for Africa University from Mabel Middleton (left, foreground) during the 25th anniversary celebration for the United Methodist school in Mutare, Zimbabwe. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Africa University celebrates 25 years

Gifts, tears and cheers punctuated the 25th anniversary celebration of United Methodist-related Africa University in Zimbabwe. Read More

Performers with the Nanumteo Dance Company offer an act of praise, “Peace Be With You,” at the March 23 dedication service for the new Asia regional office of United Methodist Global Ministries. Photo by Jacob Lee, UMNS.

Global Ministries dedicates Asia office

Being physically in Asia makes a statement that “we are actually here, not from afar,” says mission staff member. Read More

Bishop Eben Nhiwatiwa, center, sits with other attendees at the vice chancellor’s inauguration at Africa University in Mutare, Zimbabwe, on March 21, 2015. Photo by Vicki Brown, UMNS.

Bishop reflects as Africa University turns 25

Zimbabwean Bishop Eben Nhiwatiwa was a pioneering faculty member and takes pride in the school’s progress. Read More

La Trinidad United Methodist Church, founded in 1876, is a historic church in San Antonio, Texas, and in Hispanic Methodism. Though most members are Hispanic U.S. citizens, the church does see undocumented persons in worship and in its outreach ministries. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS.

Churches, ministries see fear over immigration policy

Trump’s tougher policy felt at churches, ministries in San Antonio. Read More

Luciano Kovacs, regional secretary for the World Student Christian Federation-North America, takes a selfie with some of the federation’s delegation to the 2017 U.N. Commission on the Status of Women. At upper left is the Rev. Liberato “Levi” Bautista of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society, a “senior friend” of the organization. Photo by Luciano Kovacs.

Transforming young adults into Christian leaders

When United Methodists join an ecumenical leadership-training program this week, they will be part of a 122-year-old denominational connection to the World Student Christian Federation. Read More

United Methodist clergywomen, left to right, the Revs. Nelly Wright, Clarrisa Robertson, Anna Kpaan and Anna Tarr-Sayeh, attended the Liberia Annual Conference in Ganta, Liberia, in March. In his episcopal address, Bishop Samuel J. Quire Jr., called on all United Methodists in Liberia to be an example of inclusiveness in the execution of its programs and other activities that will include women. Photo by Julu Swen, UMNS.

Liberian bishop calls for women’s inclusion

In an episcopal message for International Women’s Month, Bishop Samuel Quire Jr. encouraged congregations to show women ‘they are partners in everything we do.’ Read More