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Zainab Koroma collects the offering at the United Methodist church in Fulawahun, near Bo, Sierra Leone.

Plan calls for global funding of general church

Church leaders propose formula for giving to worldwide ministries by United Methodists in Africa, Asia, and Europe. Read More

An online ministry of First United Methodist Church in San Marcos, Texas, helped recruit and organize volunteers to help with flood relief there. Students from San Marcos High School and Texas State University removed items from a flooded home in San Marcos' Blanco Garden area. Photo by the Rev. Todd Salmi

Texas floods wash away people, homes

UPDATE: Authorities have recovered and identified the body of Larry Thomas who was an active member of Wimberley United Methodist Church in Wimberley, Texas. Read More

East Africa Area Bishop Daniel Wandabula appears before the Judicial Council on Oct. 25, 2012 in Elk Grove Village, Ill. The denomination’s General Council on Finance and Administration advises withholding funds from his area until its complaint against the bishop is resolved.

Agency urges withholding funds from East Africa

United Methodist Church’s finance agency has agreed to repay Bishop Wandabula’s salary but warns that auditing issues remain. Read More

Teens gather in Kpetewoma village, Sierra Leone. Ebola forced the closing of all schools for the 2014 academic year and educators are concerned that students will not return to the classroom when schools reopen. Photo by Jan Snider, United Methodist Communications.

A generation lost to Ebola

The principal of a United Methodist school says Sierra Leone may lose a whole generation of students because of the Ebola outbreak that shuttered classrooms for a year. Read More

Economist Don House (left) helps lead a discussion about the church budget during the 2012 pre-General Conference news briefing at the Tampa Convention Center in Florida in this file photo. At right is Bishop G. Lindsey Davis. File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Economist: Church in crisis but hope remains

At the same meeting, denominational leaders talked about missional goals to help the church address U.S. declines and enhance ministries around the globe Read More

Children play at at orphanage in Kenema, Sierra Leone that was opened during the Ebola epidemic in 2014. There are an estimated 12,000 children orphaned by the virus in West Africa. Photo by Jill Costello, United Methodist Communications.

Ebola survivors and orphans can be pariahs

The United Methodist Church is considering launching an orphanage in the Kailahun district to help care for children orphaned by Ebola. Read More

Farmer Safiatu Bockari explains that months of Ebola quarantines in Sierra Leone have depleted seed stores and she worries that there will be a food shortage. Photo by Jill Costello, United Methodist Communications.

Who can put Sierra Leone together again?

Many in Sierra Leone have no seed to plant crops because they had to eat it during the Ebola outbreak in 2014. More

The Rev. Kennetha J. Bigham-Tsai explains that a piece of legislation is in line with the Connectional Table’s mandate in the Book of Discipline to address “emerging issues.” Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

Church body seeks greater openness on human sexuality

Under proposed legislation, pastors could perform same-gender weddings and conferences could have openly gay clergy. Read More

Joseph Bangura stands behind a barrier in a Freetown, Sierra Leone fish market. Bangura and hundreds of others are under quarantine after a boat with occupants infected with Ebola washed ashore at the market. Photo by Jan Snider, United Methodist Communications

After Ebola: A devastated country picks up the pieces

Ebola maintains a deadly grip on Sierra Leone, but United Methodists and others are working to help the people move forward. Read More

6-year-old Osman Konteh was shunned by his village after his parents died of Ebola and he survived. He now lives in a private orphanage with other Ebola orphans in Kenema, Sierra Leone. Photo by Jan Snider, United Methodist Communications

Ebola: The Struggle to Recover in Africa

The deadly virus left a path of destruction in Sierra Leone. A year later, learn how The United Methodist Church is working to revitalize this resilient nation. Read More