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Benton R. Heisler and Beverly Wilkes-Null, members of the North Central Jurisdiction Committee on Appeals, heard arguments on March 9 from the West Ohio Conference appealing a decision by the West Ohio Committee on Investigation to drop two of three charges against the Rev. David Meredith that stemmed from his 2016 marriage to another man.

Gay pastor’s case heads back to West Ohio committee

The North Central Jurisdiction Committee on Appeals found the West Ohio Committee on Investigations made errors of church law in dismissing some charges against the Rev. David Meredith. Read More

The  Rev. Ndapi Saffa, pastor at Rogers Memorial United Methodist Church in Bo, southern Sierra Leone,  stands by a broken window at his home after a wave of violent post-election attacks on the community. Saffa, his wife and two children were under siege until a rescue team arrived to ward off the attackers. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

Pastor caught up in political violence

A United Methodist pastor and his family were “under siege for five hours” in community attack as Sierra Leone’s two leading political parties continue to clash. Read More

Muzinga Bahati, chairperson of United Methodist Women for the Nyunzu district, donates soap, lotion and blankets to pygmies in the Tanganyika province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo by Betty Kazadi Musau, UMNS.

Church promotes peace, unity in DRC

United Methodist Women initiates dialogue between indigenous pygmies, Bantus in Tanganyika Conference and holds vocational training to empower both groups. Read More

David Ivey mucks out the second floor of a damaged home in Hatillo, Puerto Rico, a town known for having as many cows as people. Photo by Matt Brodie.

United Methodists help Puerto Rico rise

A South Carolina mission team helped the storm-battered island begin recovery through UMCOR, Home Depot and the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico partnership. Read More

Attendance has almost tripled at Danga United Methodist Church in Calumpit, Bulacan, Philippines, due to an outreach program called Banyuhay. Many of the program’s participants and their families and neighbors have joined the church. Photo courtesy of The Rev. Mienie N. Tolentino.

Filipino church grows amid war on drugs

Danga United Methodist Church hosts reformation program for drug traffickers and addicts, then welcomes participants and their families into ministry. Read More

The Rev. Lloyd T. Nyarota, UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

Commentary: Mission of the church as our Way Forward

Mission should be the driving force as the church moves toward the special called 2019 General Conference. Read More

A man and a youth killed in separate package explosions in Austin, Texas, both had family connections to the city’s Wesley United Methodist Church. Neither victim attended Wesley, said the pastor of the historic African-American church. Photo by Larry D. Moore, CC BY-SA 3.0

Bombing victims had family ties to church

Pastor of Austin’s historic Wesley United Methodist sees no reason to think church was target. Read More

United Methodists to join DC rally on racism

Mass gathering on National Mall and other April 3-5 events signal a new campaign to end racism in the U.S. Read More

As a student intern at the Frontera Wesley in Tucson, Arizona, Mendoza is bringing her insight as an immigrant to a Lenten devotion, “40 Days in the Desert: Resisting Temptation in the Borderlands.”

Arizona DACA student writes Lenten devotion

Ana Mendoza is bringing her insight as an immigrant to a Lenten devotion for Frontera Wesley in Tucson. Read More

Courtesy photo of The Rev. Cathy Hall Stengel.

#MeToo and The United Methodist Church

As other professions grapple with realities of sexual harassment and misconduct, a clergywoman explains how these problems have affected The United Methodist Church. Read More