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Eglise Evangélique Méthodiste completed in 1867, is the first Methodist structure in Switzerland. It is dedicated to John Fletcher, a Swiss-born Church of England priest and collaborator of the Wesleys.

Kansas-born deacon serves Swiss church

An ordained deacon in Lausanne talks about her ministry, community and calling. Read More

Young boys leave Rutuka United Methodist Church in Rushinga, Zimbabwe, with bags of meal. The denomination organized food distributions to help those in drought-ravaged areas. A UMNS photo by Eunice Kadiki

Church brings food relief to drought-stricken areas

About 300 people received maize distributed by The United Methodist Church in a region where drought has devastated harvests. Read More

Closing with prayer in Philadelphia

A United Methodist minister will give the closing prayer Thursday night at the Democratic National Convention. Read More

The Rev. Edlen Cowley (standing right) of Fellowship United Methodist Church in Trophy Club, Texas, and the Rev. Andy Stoker (standing left) of First United Methodist Church in Dallas lead a July 24 small group discussion about how United Methodists can respond constructively to the Dallas police shootings. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS

Making a difference in Dallas

United Methodists bond after police shootings, seeking to promote dialogue and social action Read More

People stop alongside a makeshift memorial to victims of the July 22 Olympia Mall shooting in Munich that killed nine and left 27 injured. Photo © Volker Kiemle

Munich church becomes sanctuary during shooting

When a gunman opened fire at a German mall, a nearby United Methodist church offered refuge and comfort to frightened shoppers. Read More

Bishop Bruce R. Ough reads a Council of Bishops statement about sexuality and the church at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference. File photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS

Bishops approve plan for sexuality panel

The bishops’ executive committee also acknowledged the church’s fast-changing landscape as it plans the Commission on a Way Forward. Read More

United Methodist Bishops Solito K. Toquero (left) and Rodolfo A. Juan break sweet potatoes for Holy Communion at a rally during the first State of the Nation Address July 25 by President Rodrigo R. Duterte of the Philippines in Quezon City. Photo courtesy of Darlene Marquez-Caramanzana

Church supports ‘genuine change’ in Philippines

New president’s State of the Nation Address inspires hope in many. Read More

The Rev. Steven Bailey, a United Methodist pastor in Cleveland, will give the invocation on July 21 at the Republican National Convention.

Offering a prayer in Cleveland

A United Methodist district superintendent will give the invocation Thursday night at the Republican National Convention. Read More

Church members line up to make contributions using point-of-sale machines at Chisipiti United Methodist Church in Harare, Zimbabwe. A UMNS photo by Kudzai Chingwe.

Zimbabwe churches find cash alternatives for giving

The African country’s current cash shortages have pushed United Methodist churches to suggest plastic or electronic transfers for offerings. Read More

Bishop Franz Schaefer led United Methodists in Central and Southern Europe during the Cold War. Photo courtesy of Bishop Patrick Streiff's office

Bishop Schäfer, bridge builder, dies at 95

The bishop crossed ideological differences to lead United Methodists in both democratic Western Europe and the Eastern bloc. Read More