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Christ's Foundry United Methodist Church in Dallas held a watch party for President Obama's Thursday, Nov. 20 televised address on immigration. Before the address, volunteers took names and addresses of those attending, hoping to help with their application for legal status.

United Methodists praise president’s immigration order

President Barack Obama’s executive order offer mercy and justice but it fails to answer everyone’s prayers. Read More

Marchers assemble in the Wesleyan University gymnasium before walking a mile in solidarity to the Plaza Lucero for a candlelight vigil to express displeasure with government corruption. Photo courtesy of Gladys P. Mangiduyos

Filipino church members walk for accountability

United Methodists in the Philippines join calls to end use of “pork barrel” public funds by government officials. Read More

One of the panels in a quilt at the United Methodist Commission on Archives and History depicts two women in a reflective pose, representing the struggle of women for representation and ordination. Photo courtesy of the United Methodist Commission on Archives and History

A United Methodist story of welcoming the immigrant

The current debate over immigration brings The United Methodist Church's history of working with long-ago immigrant women into focus. Read More

Members of the university community kneel in prayer during a service at Landis Green at Florida State University in Tallahassee following a shooting in the school's library. Photo by Alvaro Gabaldon, Florida State University

Campus ministry offers support, prayers after FSU shootings

United Methodist students at University of Florida express ‘solidarity’ with FSU Wesley Foundation after shootings. Read More

Light and Life United Methodist Church in Tacloban City, Philippines, is still housed in a temporary building a year after Typhoon Yolanda destroyed the previous sanctuary. Photo by Iris Terana and Geraldine Ayoste, UMNS

Light and Life Church rises from typhoon wreckage

Recovery from Typhoon Yolanda continues to be a struggle. Read More

Worship at Providence United Methodist Church in Mount Juliet, Tenn. takes place in a middle school.Today the church has a regular attendance of about 1,000, but it has delayed building a church to focus on mission.  Photo courtesy of Providence United Methodist Church.

New churches rise, but overall vitality dips

New churches often are the most vital and can play a key role in reversing membership declines, church leaders say. Read More

Children hold bowls of food served by a feeding initiative created by a United Methodist pastor to feed Ebola orphans and those quarantined during the Ebola crisis. Hundreds of children are fed in the slum community of West Point in Monrovia.

United Methodist pastors feeding Ebola orphans

Two United Methodist pastors have started feeding programs to help children not being reached by government programs. Read More

Dawn Wiggins Hare visits with Alice Finch Lee during a celebration for Lee’s 100th birthday at First United Methodist Church in Monroeville, Ala. Photo by Marianne Lee, a family member.

Alice Lee, United Methodist leader, dies at 103

Lee, the lawyer sister of author Harper Lee, served the church at all levels. Read More

Abdul-Rahman Peter Kassig was executed by the Islamic State group, but his parents want people to remember his dedication to assisting Syrians suffering during the civil war. Photo courtesy of Kassig family.

Kassig family remembers hostage son’s desire to help

United Methodist couple is “heartbroken” after son’s murder by Islamic State group, but salute his efforts to ease suffering of Syrian people. Read More

Dr. Martin Salia, shown at United Methodist Kissy Hospital outside Freetown, Sierra Leone, in March, has tested positive for Ebola.  .The hospital was closed Nov. 11 after Salia, chief medical officer and surgeon, received the diagnosis. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Church mourns Ebola death of Sierra Leone surgeon

United Methodists in Sierra Leone, U.S., are trying to come to terms with the death of Dr. Martin Salia from Ebola, who was flown to Nebraska for treatment. Read More