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More than 300 people traveled to Impact Church in Atlanta to be part of a discussion on the possible future of The United Methodist Church. The Uniting Methodists Conference was held Nov. 13-14. Photo by Kathy L. Gilbert, UMNS.

Uniting participants call for unity, bravery

More than 400 people participated in a conference that emphasized The United Methodist Church’s strengths despite its differences over LGBTQ issues. Read More

Bishop Hee-Soo Jung speaks with Rebecca Cole, director of grassroots organizing at the United Methodist Board of Church and Society, at the three-day “Peace on the Korean Peninsula” seminar held at the United Methodist Building in Washington, Nov. 13-15. Korean-American United Methodists added their voices to the growing number of people calling on the U.S. government to tone down the rhetoric on North Korea. Photo by Erik Alsgaard, the Baltimore-Washington Conference.

Joining the call for peace on Korean Peninsula

United Methodists need to educate themselves, others to become faithful advocates for peacebuilding. Read More

Classes were being held as usual on Nov. 15 at The United Methodist Church's Africa University in Mutare, Zimbabwe. The military took control of the capitol city of Harare and arrested President Robert Mugabe and his wife.

AU campus, students safe amid Zimbabwe unrest

Classes were held as usual at Africa University on Nov. 15 while United Methodists prayed for their country as the military took control in Zimbabwe. Read More

Set in 18th century Cornwall, England, the TV series, “Poldark,” tells the story of Ross Poldark, played by Aidan Turner (right), and his wife Demelza, played by Eleanor Tomlinson. The story takes place around the time when the Methodist movement gained momentum among working class people in Cornwall, and the third season features a Methodist subplot. Photo courtesy of Mammoth Screen.

‘Poldark’ on PBS features Methodist storyline

Popular MASTERPIECE drama set in 18th century Cornwall, England, shows how Methodism renewed heartfelt faith. Read More

At Juba Camp in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Bishop John Yambasu (fourth from left, front row) leads a symbolic handing over of 200 bags of rice to the Office of National Security, the government agency in charge of coordinating welfare matters for survivors of deadly mudslide Aug. 14. Because survivors are not allowed to cook in their temporary plastic-cover homes, the ONS hires people to prepare food for them three times a day. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

Mudslide survivors worried over future

Camps for survivors of August mudslides, flooding in Sierra Leone will close Nov. 15. Read More

Bailee Allen (right) credits Phillip “Bugsy” Barnoski, family and community coordinator at Oklahoma’s Rougher Alternative Academy, with helping her get her life on track. Now 19, she is enrolled at the College of the Muscogee Nation, where she is studying to be a student services worker. “Just seeing how Bugsy impacted kids that didn’t have much, making them feel happy, making them feel important and equal, made me want to do that,” she said. Photo by Ginny Underwood, UMNS.

Native American creates an oasis for troubled teens

“Bugsy” Barnoski sees himself in the young people at Oklahoma’s Rougher Alternative Academy. He’s made it his mission to help them find their purpose and embrace their Native... Read More

Bishops pray for the Holy Spirit’s guidance during worship Nov. 8 at the Council of Bishops meeting at Lake Junaluska, N.C. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS.

Bishops: Be respectful in difficult times

As the church’s debate about its future intensifies, bishops say they are hearing of increased animosity leading in some cases to disrupted worship. Read More

Courtesy photo of Tim Tanton, Executive Director, Global Voices, News and Information.

Commentary: The church’s news and why it matters

Today more than ever, The United Methodist Church and society in general need professional news reporting. Read More

Linglestown Life United Methodist Church, in Harrisburg, Pa. had training Oct. 9 on what to do in the case of an active shooter. John Lubawski of the ALICE Training Institute led the session. Photo courtesy the Rev. George Reynolds.

Churches bear down on safety after Texas attack

Massacre at Baptist church prompts United Methodist churches to seek active shooter training. Read More

Bishops pray with their episcopal colleagues who serve on the Commission on a Way Forward during a meeting of the Council of Bishops at Lake Junaluska, N.C., on Nov. 8, 2017. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS.

Bishops consider 3 models for church future

The bishops are looking at three possibilities of LGBTQ inclusion sketched by the Commission on Way Forward. Read More