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Deserted streets in Freetown, Sierra Leone, made the city seem like a ghost town.

Lockdown: Door-to-door bid to stop Ebola begins

A desperate bid to halt Ebola in Sierra Leone begins with panic buying followed by deserted streets. Read More

Victor See Yen, left, and Ron McBee of Heritage O.P., an acoustic percussion and vocal ensemble, drum for peace during a symposium Sept. 19 at the Church Center for the United Nations. Photo by Linda Bloom, UMNS.

Talking about ‘The Things That Make for Peace’

To honor International Day of Peace, United Methodist Women and partner groups organize symposium at Church Center for the United Nations. Read More

An educational poster on the dangers of the Ebola virus hangs in the community center at the Jaiama Bongor Chiefdom, outside Bo, Sierra Leone. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

How the humble text message is fighting Ebola

Ken Banks, developer of a free text-messaging system, on how the church and others are using technology to distribute vital information in West Africa. Read More

Vehicles and pedestrians make their way along a crowded street in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Bishop urges cooperation with Ebola lockdown

United Methodist Bishop John K. Yambasu encourages Sierra Leoneans to cooperate as government attempts to stop spread of Ebola. Read More

A photo taken from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial shows part of the 200,000 crowd from the 1963 Civil Rights March on the District of Columbia.

Long-ago summer set course for many United Methodists

The more than 700 student volunteers who took part in Freedom Summer included United Methodists. Others were influenced by what they saw, heard, or read about in 1964. Read More

Munashe Furusa, vice chancellor of Africa University. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

‘Africa happens at Africa University everyday’

Munashe Furusa shares his plans for the United Methodist-related university, which has students from 23 African countries. Read More

Map of the British Isles courtesy Wikimedia.

British Methodists watch Scottish independence vote

Uncertainty for all on effects that ‘Yes’ vote would have on Scotland’s relations with rest of United Kingdom. Read More

Civil Rights Movement ‘a galaxy away’

Freedom Summer did not affect young man as he was growing up in Dallas, but learning about it years later had a profound effect. Read More

Members of the Gargar family in Liberia, Esther and David, has been in quarantine due to the Ebola virus and they are receiving food and medicine from Mount Sinai United Methodist Church.  Photo by Julu Swen.

Church members in Liberia afflicted with the Ebola virus

Pastors and members of United Methodist churches in Liberia have died of Ebola,while other members are quarantined. Read More

First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple has affirmed a marriage-equality proposal to give pastors a choice in whether to perform same-gender marriages.

Historic Chicago church OKs same-sex unions

Chicago Temple also pledges to financially support its pastors if they face complaints for violating church law on such unions. Read More

The Rev. Fred B. Morris (right) and Archbishop Dom Helder Camara pose in a 1974 file photo taken two weeks after Morris was released from a torture chamber due to his association with Camara.

Freedom Summer inspired ministry ‘from that day to this’

The Rev. Fred B. Morris was a missionary candidate when he traveled to the March on Washington and heard the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Read More

The Rev. Saul Montiel (right) prays during a cross-border service of Holy Communion at El Faro park in Tijuana, Mexico. Montiel is on the Mexico side of the border.

Wailing wall: On the U.S.-Mexico border

“By night I went out…, examining the walls of Jerusalem, which had been broken down, and its gates, which had been destroyed by fire.” – Nehemiah 2:13, New International Version Read More

A composite of images from the 2014 MARCHA Annual Assembly held in Los Angeles.

MARCHA approves declaration on border crisis

More than 150 Hispanic/Latino clergy and lay leaders celebrated communion through a fence on the U.S.-Mexico border during annual assembly. Read More

Bishop McLee. Photo courtesy of the Council of Bishops.

Bishop McLee, ‘champion’ for marginalized people, dies

The 58-year-old leader died Sept. 6. His funeral will be live streamed from Riverside Church in New York City on Monday, Sept. 15. More

Mohamed Kamara, United Methodist health care worker and facilitator, demonstrates how to use personal protective equipment during training.

Sierra Leone health workers receiving support

Sierra Leone conference sending money, food and words of hope to United Methodist health care workers dealing with Ebola. Read More

(web only) The Rev. Yatta Young, a dean at United Methodist University, Monrovia, Liberia, says the Ebola crisis is causing Liberians great despair but she urges them to remember God is in the fight also.

Liberia needs faith amid despair of Ebola crisis

“We have our part to play alongside God in this fight to defeat Ebola,” says a United Methodist educator in Liberia. Read More

Photo by Loey Felipe, UN Photo

Moving beyond conflict to ‘culture of peace’

U.N. forum reinforces commitment to process of dialogue, respect, understanding toward goal of sustainable peace. Read More

The Rev. Gregory Gross. Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS

Affordable Care Act’s impact on the uninsured

A United Methodist deacon has signed up hundreds for insurance. He sees where the law helps and where it needs improvement. Read More

The United Methodist Cross and Flame and medical caduceus symbol.

Can health care law save conferences money?

Facing mounting health care costs for an aging risk pool, some conferences are turning to the Affordable Care Act for relief. Read More

A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose

Church extends support to Atlantic City workers

New Jersey United Methodists start planning a response as area recovering from Sandy now faces an economic storm caused by casino closings. Read More