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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon plants mangrove shoots on Tarawa, the main atoll in the Pacific island nation of Kiribati. Mangroves help to protect against the rising sea levels caused by climate change. Photo by Eskinder Debebe, United Nations

Creation care team brings global perspective

Organized by the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, the team will share environmental concerns from their regions and engage with other church members on possible responses. Read More

A 10th anniversary celebration of the Hispanic Youth Leadership Academy was held at Boston University School of Theology. The program has trained 980 youth and young adults in its first decade.

Academy marks 10 years of shaping young Hispanic/Latino leaders

Nearly 10 years ago, a group of United Methodist Hispanic pastors started helping students in pursuit of higher education opportunities. Read More

The Rev. Jennifer Long poses with her 9-year-old son, Jacob. Both battled malaria together in 2005 when Jennifer was pregnant.

'Pregnant with malaria': Mother experiences need for Imagine No Malaria

Jennifer Long couldn't quit thinking about the thousands of mothers whose babies were dying of malaria "simply because they lived on the other side of the ocean.” Read More

Agency Heads Meet with White House Staff: Discuss Issues of Common Concern

Staff of the Obama administration and the heads of the agencies of The United Methodist Church discussed issues of common concern. Read More

(At right) Taryonnoh N. Doe, vice president of Liberia United Methodist Women, shows an Ebola awareness poster as part of the UMW’s anti-Ebola campaign.

Liberia UMW feeds minds, stomachs during Ebola crisis

United Methodist Women in Liberia bringing food to quarantined communities and doing training on how to prevent and recognize Ebola. Read More

Paul Sorrentino's new biography

Great American novelist had Methodist background

New biography depicts Stephen Crane as preacher’s kid who rebelled in a big way. Read More

Difficult questions people ask illustration by Cindy Caldwell, UMC.org.

The five most difficult questions for pastors

October is Pastor Appreciation Month. It can be a tough job, filled with tough questions, as these clergy explain. More

A wide view of the General Assembly Hall at the United Nations as U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the general debate of the sixty-ninth session of the General Assembly. Photo by Mark Garten, United Nations

U.N. ‘has its hands full,’ says United Methodist observer

As the U.N. General Assembly starts a new session, United Methodists at Church Center for the United Nations look at the issues. Read More

Domestic abuse; photo illustration by Ronny Perry, United Methodist Communications

Church’s domestic violence response predates NFL news

But, advocates say, churches can do more to bring sunlight to an issue too often left behind closed doors. Read More

Maps courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, labeling of United Methodist hospitals and clinic by United Methodist Committee on Relief.

Life-saving Ebola messages in 160 characters or less

Words of hope and vital information going out to United Methodist pastors in Sierra Leone and Liberia to pass along in midst of most horrific Ebola outbreak in history. Read More