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A church sign at Broad Ripple United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana, points to concerns over the state’s new religious freedom law.  Photo courtesy of Broad Ripple UMC

Reaction continues on Indiana religious freedom law

United Methodists have differing opinions about controversial religious freedom law in Indiana. Read More

The Rev. Winston Ashcroft distributes hand-washing buckets to Rev Mariama Bockarie for the Makeni District.

United Methodists train teachers for reopening of schools

Closed since June 2014, because of the Ebola outbreak, United Methodist schools prepare to start again in mid-April. Read More

Eugenie Sowan Erse N’Ghessan sews clothes to earning a living for herself and her seven children in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire.

United Methodist Women helping women in Côte d’Ivoire

Small loans change lives as they provide women the start they need to become independent business owners. Read More

In 2014, giving to United Methodist ministries was up almost across the board. Photo illustration by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Record number of conferences at 100 percent giving

United Methodist giving is up across the board. Church observers see that as sign of commitment to support the connection. Read More

An image of hands in prayer. Photo illustration by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Prayers asked for families of 150 dead in German plane crash

Bishop Rosemarie Wenner, who leads United Methodists in Germany, said the country is in mourning. Read More

Africa University presents a gift to the Foundation for Evangelism delegation that attended the inauguration of Vice Chancellor Munashe Furusa and announced plans to endow a chair in the Faculty of Theology.

Kurewa: ‘This has been like Jesus at the mountain’

Foundation for Evangelism to endow professorship at United Methodist-related Africa University. Read More

Some 9,000 United Methodists marched together in Quezon City, Philippines, March 21 to pray and demonstrate family unity, solidarity and Christian discipleship. Photo by Mark Jabin A. Salvador

Filipino United Methodists rally for unity, discipleship

Some 9,000 church members joined a march in Quezon City to promote small groups and family devotion to faith. Read More

Dr. Lowell Gess prays for Sierra Leone at a weekly devotion held at the United Methodist Church house in Freetown.

Ebola doesn’t stop 93-year-old’s return to Sierra Leone

Dr. Lowell Gess, retired United Methodist missionary, decided his presence would make a difference during a difficult period in his adopted homeland. Read More

Cadence Cobb (left) and her mother, Megan Cobb, dig at Hillcrest United Methodist Church, Nashville, Tenn. Photo by Kathryn Spry

Assuming role of ‘creation care’ as God’s mandate

With speakers related to both science and theology, United Methodist conference aims to foster dialogue on environmental justice. Read More

Munashe Furusa, Africa University's new vice chancellor,  reports to the board of directors on issues facing the United Methodist school, including the need for more on need for more faculty with doctorates. Bishop Marcus Matthews, right, listens to the report. Photo by Vicki Brown, UMNS

Africa University, new leader face many challenges

The United Methodist university is growing, but its difficulties include overcrowded dorms and a shortage of professors with doctorates. Read More