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Singer Michael Franti joins the rally for Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in front of San Francisco’s City Hall on June 21.

Appointments leave Glide without United Methodist pastor

Bishop Minerva Carcaño, episcopal leader of the California-Nevada Annual Conference is conducting a ministry assessment of the church. Read More

Yollanda Washaya, innovation hub manager for Africa University, works to implement new ideas such as building a biogas digester to recycle waste, operating a 3D printer to create prototypes, and branding. Photo by Eveline Chikwanah, UMNS.

AU students working on clean energy

Students at the United Methodist university are researching a renewable clean energy source for rural communities. Read More

United Methodist Bishop Mary Ann Swenson, vice-moderator of the World Council of Churches Central Committee,  greets Pope Francis in Geneva, Switzerland. Photo by Albin Hillert, WCC.

Pope Francis models Christian unity at WCC

Pope’s visit highlights ecumenical cooperation, caps off meeting that also included a focus on peace on Korean peninsula. Read More

The National Federation of Asian American United Methodists’ 2018 gathering on May 4 at El Segundo United Methodist Church in El Segundo, California. Photo by Pong Javier.

Asian-Americans celebrate church tradition

The National Federation for Asian American United Methodists celebrated 43 years of advocating for what is now the fastest-growing population in the U.S. Read More

Micheline Ongambo and Prince Onaunya of Youth for Christ in the Kindu South District of the East Congo Conference raise their hands in prayer during youth leadership training.  Photo by Chadwack Tambwe Londe, UMNS.

Youth leaders focus on guiding others to Jesus Christ

Two workshops in Congo encourage effective, prophetic and transforming leadership for the church and the community. Read More

United Methodist Bishop Jane Allen Middleton speaks during a protest in Washington calling for an end to a U.S. immigration policy of separating children from their parents. President Donald Trump signed an order to end the policy of forced separation. Photo by Erik Alsgaard, UMNS.

Order ending family separations welcomed

Still, United Methodists cautioned that details of any policy shift are important and stressed that the executive order isn’t enough. Read More

Photo of William Lawrence by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Commentary: Threat of schism hangs over jubilee of church

The constitution of The United Methodist Church faces a critical test, the Rev. William B. Lawrence and Sally Curtis AsKew write in an essay about the crisis facing the denomination. Read More

People gather in the Plaza Miranda in Manila, Philippines, to mourn the death of the Rev. Richmond Nilo, a Catholic priest who was shot and killed June 10 while preparing for Mass in Zaragoza, about 60 miles north of Manila. Photo courtesy of Norma Dollaga.

United Methodists join protest of priest killings

More than 100 people attend Day of Mourning and Protest in Plaza Miranda after fourth priest is killed June 10. Read More

“We have baptized more than 67 people during last year and received them in the family of Jesus”, said the Rev. Juan Garay who is pastor at Urban Poiema Church. Photo courtesy by Urban Poiema Church Communications Team.

Vibrant, multicultural congregation growing

A multicultural ministry in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has more than doubled membership in the past three years. The pastor talks about the church's journey. Read More

Kim and Donna Hines of Rockport, Texas, who lost their home in Hurricane Harvey, accept a quilt from Zelina Alvarado, a case management worker from the Rio Texas Conference. The conference was able to find financing and volunteer labor that helped the couple make a new home from their garage and a second structure on their property. Photo courtesy of the Rio Texas Conference.

Rio Texas offers hurricane recovery tour

United Methodist conference notes progress made, but need for volunteers continues nine months after Harvey. Read More

A composite of photos shows children in the Punia Territory of the Democratic Republic of Congo working in the local mining industry. The church is helping children who are being forced to work at a young age, many of whom are orphans. Photos courtesy of the Rev. Bundibani Mikembe, Punia District superintendent.

Congo United Methodists fight recruiting children for mining

Children, including many orphans, in the Punia Territory have little choice but to work in the mining industry. Read More

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions faces criticism, even charges under church law, from fellow United Methodists unhappy with his enforcement and justification of the Trump Administration's zero tolerance policy on immigration violations. Official portrait by United States Department of Justice.

Clergy, laity file complaint against Sessions

The attorney general is accused of violating The United Methodist Church’s law through enforcement of zero tolerance immigration policy. Read More

Sessions criticized for ‘zero tolerance’ Bible quote

Fellow United Methodists among those faulting attorney general for immigration policy, rhetoric. Read More

Members of the 2018 Michigan Annual Conference meet in Traverse City, Mich. Conferences, including Michigan, voted on resolutions that signal their aspirations for the special General Conference in 2019. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Annual conferences mixed on bishops’ plan

Some have endorsed the bishops’ recommended One Church Model. Some want a more traditionalist approach. Read More

United Methodist clergywomen from the Zimbabwe Episcopal Area gather for a leadership development workshop in Harare. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UMNS.

United Methodist clergywomen urged to overcome odds

Bishop Eben K. Nhiwatiwa tells workshop participants it is time for church and society to recognize clergywomen’s leadership role. Read More

Nombhedesho Maquba (standing, left) volunteers with a soup kitchen ministry operated by young adults of The United Methodist Church of South Africa in Durban. Photo by Nandipha Mkwalo, UMNS.

Young United Methodists start soup kitchen in South Africa

The United Methodist Church’s Young Adult Organization launches community service project to help those in need and spread the word of God. Read More

The Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit, the World Council of Churches’ top executive, left, and Andrzej Choromański of the Roman Catholic Church’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, present a graphic symbol of the June 21 visit by Pope Francis to the WCC during a May 15 press conference in Geneva. Photo by Albin Hillert/WCC

Pope Francis, Koreans to attend WCC gathering

United Methodists will be part of the meeting at the ecumenical group’s headquarters in Geneva. Read More

Zimbabwe Area Bishop Eben K. Nhiwatiwa (second from right) toured the new Munyarari Mission health clinic in Mutare, Zimbabwe, during the early stages of construction. Bel Air United Methodist Church in Bel Air, Maryland, funded the new facility as part of a Chabadza partnership with the Zimbabwe East Conference. Photo by Eveline Chikwanah, UMNS.

Maryland church helps fund new Zimbabwe health clinic

Work has begun on a modern health facility at Munyarari Mission, which will include a maternity wing, outpatient rooms and staff housing. Read More

A person standing in the United States reaches their hand toward Mexico along the border fence at El Faro Park in Tijuana, Mexico, in 2012. United Methodists are joining opposition to a new “zero tolerance” policy that is separating immigrant families. File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

United Methodists fight separation of immigrant families

A new “zero tolerance” policy which takes children away from their families is inhumane, faith leaders say. Read More

Gracious Matika (left) and her sister, Varaidzo, pose with her new diploma after Africa University’s June 9 graduation ceremony. Photo by Eveline Chikwanah, UMNS.

AU grad’s study supported by U.S. teen

The work of a 14-year-old inspired to send a girl to university paid off this month when Gracious Matika received her diploma from Africa University. Read More