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The Interchurch Center, just south of Riverside Church in New York, has been home to the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries since 1959. The mission agency will complete the relocation of its U.S. headquarters to Atlanta by Nov. 1. 2014 file photo by Linda Bloom, UMNS.

‘Bittersweet’ departure from New York

Global Ministries celebrates the many years of Methodist mission in New York as its U.S. headquarters moves to Atlanta. Read More

The Rev. Tamara Brown, a director from the Kentucky Conference, serves communion to Philadelphia Area Bishop Peggy Johnson, a fellow director, during the closing worship service of the Sept. 21-24, 2016 meeting of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society.

Looking at core social values

Directors for United Methodist Board of Church and Society follow the mandate “at the core” of the denomination’s identity. Read More

The sanctuary of Oconee Street United Methodist Church in Athens, Ga., shortly after the fire on April 15, 2013, (left) and back in use on Sept. 11, 2016. The cross survived. Photos courtesy of the Rev. Lisa Caine and Heather Hahn

How a church fire sparked congregational growth

A Georgia church’s experience offers lessons for faith communities overcoming disaster. Read More

2016 East Africa Conference

Aug. 24-27, Nangina Catholic Pastoral Centre, Samia sub-county, in Busia, Kenya Read More

The Rev. Karl Stegall, creator of the Seminary Scholarship Endowment Foundation, speaks at the 2016 Dinner of Celebration held in Montgomery, Ala. More than 475 scholars, alumni, donors and sponsors attended. Photo by Luke Lucas, Alabama-West Florida Conference, courtesy of the Stegall Seminary Scholarship Endowment Foundation.

Pastor’s program offers seminarians financial lifeline

The Stegall Seminary Scholarship Endowment Foundation currently helps students from the Alabama-West Florida Conference afford seminary. Read More

A member of the clergy holds up the elements of Holy Communion. In 2005, the average age of retiring United Methodist elders was 64, but by last year that had climbed to 66, the Lewis Center found in analyzing data provided by Wespath Benefits and Investments, formerly the United Methodist Board of Pension and Health Benefits. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

Study: Clergy retiring later

Average retirement age for United Methodist elders reaches 66. Read More

United Methodist church families rescuing, rebuilding after floods

The flood affected 9 out of 10 households in some communities. Church families are stepping in to pick up, muck out and help people live into their new realities. Read More

The Rev. Mark Crosby (left) meets with members of the disaster relief group at Live Oak United Methodist Church in Watson, La. The group has been meeting daily during the flooding crisis in southern Louisiana.

Church becomes safe place from floodwaters

Live Oak United Methodist Church became refuge for more than 400 people fleeing for their lives after historic flood. Read More

Esau Jenkins, center, stands in front of one of the VW vans he and his wife, Janie, bought to ferry African-American residents of Johns Island to work or school in Charleston, S.C. During the trip, they would teach their passengers the part of the Constitution they needed to know in order to register to vote. Photo courtesy of Elaine Jenkins.

A bus ride out of segregation

Panels from the 1968 Volkswagen bus used by a Methodist civil rights activist are part of exhibit at the new Smithsonian museum. Read More

Classroom blocks at Nyamacheni Mission secondary school in Gokwe, Zimbabwe. Photo courtesy Eveline Chikwanah

United Methodists rain blessings on drought-ravaged community

The United Methodist Church continues to make a difference in struggling Gokwe, Zimbabwe, providing the area with safe water and expanding Nyamacheni Mission secondary school. Read More