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Bishop David Graves of the Alabama-West Florida Conference leads his staff through a Sept. 12 on-boarding session at the conference office in Montgomery, Ala. Photo by Luke Lucas.

Bishops opt for fast-start training

New and newly assigned episcopal leaders of Southeastern Jurisdiction go for ʽon-boarding’ in a big way Read More

Pastor Juncar Tabunan (left) and the Rev. Erwyn Maggay (center) receive solar panels with a power bank from April Mercado (far right) as part of the 2016 Typhoon Haima disaster response. Photo courtesy of April Mercado, United Methodist Communications.

Philippines Typhoons: The Church Responds

After devastating typhoons in Oct. 2016, United Methodists offer relief and support. Read the latest news, find resources, donate. More

After bishops announced the Commission on a Way Forward membership, United Methodists raise concerns about who is and is not at the table. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

Reaction to Way Forward Commission members

Some greet the new body with cautious optimism while others question who won’t be in the room. Read More

Dr. Omar Lamin examines a hypertension patient in his office at United Methodist Kissy Hospital in Freetown. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

Malaria, other illnesses up since Ebola

Staff at United Methodist hospitals in Sierra Leone report increases in the number of patients with malaria, typhoid fever, hepatitis and high blood pressure since the end of the Ebola... Read More

The new headquarters of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries in Atlanta connects Grace United Methodist church and it’s auxiliary building with a new wing.

Mission agency: ‘From everywhere to everywhere’

Fall meeting of Global Ministries brings together new faces in a new place to achieve mission goals. Read More

Liberia Annual Conference interim Bishop Arthur F. Kulah anoints an attendee at a United Methodist prayer revival in Monrovia, Liberia. Photo by Julu Swen, UMNS

UMC Liberia holds prayer revival for leadership transition

Interim Bishop Arthur F. Kulah issues a call to prayer to bring the church together during challenging times in Liberia. Read More

Delegates and visitors listen to debate about petitions at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. Photo by Maile Bradfield, UMNS

Bishops name commission members

The Commission on the Way Forward is charged with healing divisions related to homosexuality. Bishops appointed more laity to the commission after concerns raised. Read More

Jeremain (left) and Jeremaih Robinson pile up ruined furnishings from a home that was heavily damaged by flooding in Baton Rouge, La. The 16-year-old twins were part of a volunteer team from First United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge.

UMCOR grants target U.S. flooding

At the fall meeting, directors of the United Methodist Committee on Relief also approved funds for Haiti recovery and other emergency needs. Read More

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