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United Methodists pray with Bishop Christian Alsted, who has been re-elected to lead the church in northern Europe. His area includes Denmark, Norway, Finland (two annual conferences), Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Photo by Karl Anders Ellingsen, UMNS

Christian Alsted re-elected United Methodist bishop

The bishop said the church faces new challenges in the increased migration and the denomination’s deepening divisions on homosexuality. Read More

(From left) Bishops Hee-Soo Jung, Sue Haubert-Johnson, R. Lawson Bryan and Pedro Torio dedicate The United Methodist Church Global Mission Center in Atlanta on Oct. 20, 2016.

Mission agency completes Atlanta move

A dedication service marks the end of the transition from New York for the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries. Read More

The Rev. Laurence Hull Stookey, longtime professor at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, shaped the way United Methodists worship, especially the celebration of baptism. Photo courtesy of Wesley Theological Seminary.

Remembering professor who shaped worship

The Rev. Laurence Hull Stookey, professor emeritus of worship at Wesley Theological Seminary, brought United Methodist liturgy to Camp David. Read More

Pam Simon holds the bullet that wounded her in the Jan. 8, 2011 mass shooting near Tucson, Arizona. Simon, a United Methodist, has become a strong advocate for background checks and other gun violence prevention measures. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS.

Survivor keeps faith by taking on gun violence

Pam Simon, a United Methodist, was shot with her boss, U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords, and now joins her in advocacy. Read More

L-R: Jerald Dennis, public relations officer, Ebola Survival Association of Liberia (ESAL); Vivian Rogers, Ebola survival and member of ESAL; Foday Gallah, general coordinator of Montserrado County Sector 4 of ESAL.

Liberian Ebola survivors report sight problems

Liberia is now Ebola-free, but many stricken with the virus are now experiencing poor vision, fatigue and severe headaches. Read More

Laity wrote and sent a letter to the United Methodist bishops expressing concern about the composition of a special commission on A Way Forward on Oct. 16, Laity Sunday. The word laity is used to describe members of a congregation or parish who are not a part of the clergy.

Laity want more representation on commission

More than 500 laity from across the denomination signed a statement protesting the under-representation of laity on composition of A Way Forward. Read More

Members of the 2016-2020 Judicial Council. (From left) Front: Ruben T. Reyes, N. Oswald Tweh Sr., the Rev. Luan-Vu Tran. Back row: Deanell Reece Tacha, Lídia Romão Gulele, the Rev.Øyvind Helliesen, the Rev. Dennis Blackwell, and the Rev. J. Kabamba Kiboko. (Not pictured, Beth Capen) Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

Judicial Council takes up gay ordination issue

When The United Methodist Church’s top court meets Oct. 25-28, decisions by bishops regarding ordination in New York and Illinois will be reviewed. Read More

Women delegates to the Philippines Central Conference attended a gathering to educate women and youth delegates about the issues facing The United Methodist Church. The delegates will vote on the election of Filipino bishops at the Nov. 28-Dec. 4 meeting. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Ferariza-Meneses

Filipino women, youth prepare to elect bishops

Gatherings educate youth and women delegates on issues facing The United Methodist Church. The delegates are preparing for Philippines Central Conference meeting. Read More

Ebola survivor and former Mercy Hospital employee nurse, Dennis Karimu, is chairman of the Post Ebola Treatment Center in the Bo District of Sierra Leone. He also works as a nurse and counsellor at the center.

Normal life elusive for Ebola survivors

Ebola survivors in Sierra Leone face discrimination, financial difficulties, many health problems. Read More

McBride United Methodist Church, South Mills, North Carolina, had eight to 10 inches of flood water in the fellowship hall after Hurricane Matthew. The ground was already saturated from September floods.

United Methodist churches assessing Hurricane Matthew damage

Fierce storm has left nearly 1,000 dead in Haiti and at least 38 dead in the United States, with 19 of those in North Carolina. Read More