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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

Cuban immigrants wait in a park in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. Hundreds of Cubans are stuck in the border city, caught in limbo by the elimination in January of the infamous “wet foot, dry foot” policy of the United States. They are not allowed to enter the U.S. yet most don't want to return to Cuba. Photo by Paul Jeffrey.

Offering solidarity to Cubans stuck at border

Methodists in both countries offer food, water and other supplies to Cubans who find themselves in an immigration limbo on Mexico-U.S. border. Read More

Myers Park United Methodist in Charlotte, N.C., is a large church where members are divided on what the denomination's position on homosexuality should be. The Rev. James Howell, pastor, says the church's ability to stay unified and be effective in mission work despite differences would be at risk if The United Methodist Church splits into traditionalist and progressive groups. Photo courtesy Myers Park United Methodist Church.

Schism threat has some churches caught in middle

Pastors of United Methodist congregations with diverse views on homosexuality worry that a painful choice looms. Read More

The Rev. Mande Muyombo, an executive of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, was elected a United Methodist bishop by delegates at the Congo Central Conference meeting in Kamina, Democratic Republic of Congo. Muyombo, 44, was elected March 18 during the quadrennial meeting. Photo by Eveline Chikwanah, UMNS.

Muyombo elected bishop in Congo

The executive director for the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries was the fourth and final bishop elected at the Central Congo Conference. Read More

The Rev. Kasap Owan, president of the Katanga Methodist University in Mulungushi, is elected a United Methodist bishop by delegates at the Congo Central Conference meeting in Kamina, Democratic Republic of Congo. Owan, 62, was elected March 18 during the quadrennial meeting. Photo by Eveline Chikwanah, UMNS.​

Owan elected as bishop in Congo

University president is third pastor elected as bishop by Congo Central Conference delegates. Read More

Bishop Patrick Streiff, left, of the Central and Southern Europe Episcopal Area, greets the Rev. Daniel Onashuyaka Lunge after he is elected a United Methodist bishop by delegates at the Congo Central Conference on March 18. Lunge, 59, was elected at the quadrennial meeting in Kamina. Photo by Eveline Chikwanah, UMNS.

Lunge elected bishop in Congo

The Rev. Daniel Onashuyaka Lunge was elected bishop on third ballot by delegates of the Congo Central Conference. Read More

Bishop Gabriel Yemba Unda greets visitors to a choral concert at the Tokolote Moto-Moto United Methodist Church in Kindu, Democratic Republic of Congo, in 2015. File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Unda re-elected bishop of The United Methodist Church

Bishop Gabriel Yemba Unda has been re-elected United Methodist bishop and will continue to lead the East Congo Episcopal Area. Read More

Harriett Jane Olson, top executive of United Methodist Women, talks with Ambassador Kai Sauer, permanent representative of Finland to the United Nations, before a March 16 panel discussion on a women's peace dialogue process that UMW has fostered. The panel was a side event for the 61st Session of the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women. Photo by Linda Bloom, UMNS.

Taking the lead for peace

Looking for equal participation, Ukrainian and Russian women expand a dialogue on peace to create a regional platform, with an assist from United Methodist Women. Read More