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Re-evaluating John Wesley’s time in Georgia

Scholar argues that Methodism’s founder encountered success as well as failure as a young missionary pastor. Read More

The Rev. Juan Guerrero baptizes a child in Honduras. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Juan Guerrero

Commentary: Why Honduran children are coming to U.S.

The leader of the United Methodist mission in Honduras discusses the root causes of why children take on the dangerous journey to the United States. Read More

An appeal has been filed with the United Methodist Judicial Council to the June 23 decision to reinstate the Rev. Frank Schaefer’s ordination credentials. Judicial Council will meet in October.

Update: Schaefer case appealed to Judicial Council

The United Methodist Church’s top court is asked to review an appeals panel’s decision to reinstate clergy credentials. Read More

IRD agrees not to use church mailing list info

United Methodist North Texas Conference says out-of-court agreement with advocacy group will protect church members. Read More

Fanta Josiah sits in front of the insecticide-treated mosquito net she received from the United Methodist Church's Imagine No Malaria campaign in 2010 at her home in Bumpe, near Bo, Sierra Leone. The insecticide in nearing the end of its useful life and several villages in the Bo district will receive new nets from the campaign in the first planned redistribution to replace the nets given in 2010. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.; Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Strong support drives Alabama-West Florida toward Imagine No Malaria goal

The annual conference celebrates a record offering and approaches 60 percent of its $1 million goal. Read More

Kevin Kosh graduation

McCord Scholar finds purpose in ministry

Rust College helped shape Kevin Kosh Jr.'s faith and put him on course for a career of empowering others. Read More

Larry McCormack, staff photographer at the Nashville Tennessean, stands in the Civil Rights Room of the Nashville Public Library where his photo composites, part of a collection called

A lens-eye view of the civil rights struggle

Tennessean photographer Larry McCormack hopes when viewers look at his visual mingling of past and present they get a sense of walking into history. Read More

Participants of the Global Young People's Convocation wait out Typhoon Rammasun in the Philippines. The event is hosted by the United Methodist Board of Discipleship. Photo by Jen Tyler, Global Ministries.

Church youth take shelter, pray for others, as typhoon hits Philippines

Participants at global youth convocation sing songs together and share concern for those less secure amid powerful storm. More

Young people from Central America wear shoes without laces. Photo courtesy Viky Garcia, Laredo Humanitarian Relief Team.

Church seeks to meet needs in border crisis

United Methodists turning attention to “sobering” crisis of unaccompanied minors and others from Central America crossing into U.S. Read More

A mural promoting peace in three languages, English, Arabic and Hebrew, adorns a wall outside the Mar Elias Educational Institute in Ibillin, Israel. 1999 file photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Pastors urge fast July 15 for Mideast peace

Two Texas pastors were inspired by reports of Muslims and Jews coming together, including the families of slain Israeli and Palestinian boys. Read More

Photo by Peter Williams/WCC.

Can Christian commitment help lead world to peace?

Members of the World Council of Churches, including The United Methodist Church, pledge a “pilgrimage of justice and peace.” Read More

Beatrice Gbanga, United Methodist health coordinator for the Sierra Leone Annual Conference, says United Methodist maternal and children health care center near Bo is closed after two die from Ebola.

Ebola outbreak closes United Methodist health center

July 10, 2014

United Methodist maternal and children's health center near Bo, Sierra Leone, closed after two children hiding there die of Ebola. Read More

Lindsey White soccer player

Mexico youth soccer team gets assist from Reinhardt University student

A spring-break mission trip turned into a life-changing experience for Lindsey White, a soccer player at the United Methodist-related school. Read More

Clergy and faith leaders gather outside Arch Street United Methodist Church in Philadelphia in support of  Richard Taylor and William Gatewood (at top of stairs in doorway) following their Nov. 9, 2013 wedding

Complaint received for Philly same-sex union

July 9, 2014

United Methodist Bishop Peggy Johnson has received a complaint against the 36 pastors who officiated at the Nov. 9 same-sex union at Arch Street United Methodist Church. Read More

Jane Marshall, hymn composer, plays piano. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS

‘My Eternal King’ launched top Methodist composer

Jane Marshall's first anthem remains a choral favorite on the 60th anniversary of its sheet music publication. Read More

The Rev. Charles Moore. Photo courtesy of the Moore family

Retired pastor saw ‘destiny’ in self-immolation

“I know that some will judge me insane,” said the Rev. Charles R. Moore, who set himself on fire in his Texas hometown. Read More

Retired United Methodist Bishop Melvin G. Talbert .A UMNS file photo by John C. Goodwin

Civil Rights Act: Still relevant

Retired United Methodist Bishop Talbert, a veteran of the Civil Rights Movement in the U.S., reflects on the impact of the 1964 law on his life. Read More

Bishop John K. Yambasu speaks on the Ebola virus during a service of dedication at Valunia United Methodist Church outside Bo, Sierra Leone.

Ebola changes church life in eastern Sierra Leone

July 1, 2014

Bishop says Ebola epidemic "nearing disaster" and forces relocation of a United Methodist pastor and the closing of the UMC Mission in Kailahun District. Read More

Bette Prestwood

Civil Rights Act Anniversary: Before and After

Bette Prestwood worked behind the scenes in support of the proposed Civil Rights Act and urged peaceful acceptances of the changes its passage brought. Read More

Civil Rights Act Anniversary: The Church and the Civil Rights Act

The Rev. Edwin King reflects on the role of the institutional church in ending racial segregation in the United States. Read More