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Taurai Emmanuel Maforo assists Keresia Muzaruwetu in crossing the new Chitora-Gwarada Bridge in Zimbabwe. Photo courtesy of Zimbabwe East Conference.

Bridge provides lifeline for Chitora community

The Chitora-Gwarada Bridge is the first bridge The United Methodist Church has built through the Chabadza Initiative, a partnership between the church in Norway and Zimbabwe. Read More

Earthquake survivors make their way past piles of rubble in Kathmandu, Nepal. Accessing affected rural villages remains a significant challenge, say United Methodist missionaries assigned there.

Nepal relief challenge: accessing rural villages

United Methodist missionaries report extensive damage outside of Kathmandu and difficulty in getting food and shelter supplies to earthquake survivors. Read More

Due to the Ebola outbreak, Bishop John K. Yambasu uses a Bible instead of laying on of hands during the induction of clergy as deacons and elders. Senesie Rogers is being inducted as interim young adults president.

Sierra Leone Conference meets amid Ebola restrictions

Despite trickle of new cases, government ban on public gatherings reduces time, participants in annual meeting of United Methodists. Read More

Bishop Bruce Ough speaks, as from left, Bishops Kenneth H. Carter, Marcus Matthews, Christian Alsted, Michael Watson,  Warner Brown and Cynthia Fierro Harvey listen during the May 2015 meeting in Berlin. Dakotas-Minnesota Area Bishop Ough, was elected next president of the Council of Bishops. Photo by Kay Panovec, United Methodist Communications

Bishops Ough, Carter win elections to lead bishops

Altogether, the United Methodist Council of Bishops elected six officers to help lead its work in the next four years. Read More

Bishop Warner Brown Jr., president of the Council of Bishops, calls on bishops to address racism and strengthen ecumenical relationships in his presidential address. Photo by Diane Degnan, United Methodist Communications

Bishops urged to speak out as group on racism

Bishop Warner Brown Jr. tells the Council of Bishops about events in his native Baltimore, urging the church to pray and act on racism. Read More

Worshippers at Harare’s Trinity Methodist Church unite hands in prayer at prayer meeting about xenophobia in South Africa. Photo by Taurai Emmanuel Maforo, UMNS

Zimbabwe churches call for immediate end to xenophobia

With 3 million Zimbabweans in South Africa, xenophobia is cause for concern for United Methodists in Zimbabwe. Read More

Earthquake survivors carry supplies through the streets of Kathmandu, Nepal. The United Methodist Committee on Relief and other members of ACT Alliance are organizing to provide assistance. Photo courtesy of ACT Alliance

Nepal earthquake survivors in dire need of food, shelter

Outside Kathmandu and other cities, the fact that the earthquake struck at noon reduced casualties. The United Methodist Committee on Relief is preparing its response. Read More

An alternative process for legislation related to the denomination’s stance on homosexuality is aimed at fostering more open dialogue. Demonstrations in support of full inclusion of gays and lesbians in the life of church were held at the 2012 General Conference. A file photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

Alternative process offered for sexuality debate

The Commission on General Conference hopes to foster more open dialogue and bring out the ‘middle voices’ that often go unheard. Read More

The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, the most powerful quake in 81 years to hit the region, caused significant damage in Patan Durbar Square in Kathmandu. Photo by ACT Alliance, DCA

Responding with prayer, aid after Nepal earthquake

United Methodist Committee on Relief, other church-related aid groups look to assist; five missionaries in Nepal are safe. Read More

Protesters carry signs outside Foundry United Methodist Church on April 26.

Gay marriage opponents protest at United Methodist church

Foundry United Methodist Church supports same-sex marriage and invites all to worship with them. Read More