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Some 1,500 United Methodists and other Christians in the Wesleyan family attended the New Room Conference on Sept. 20-22 in Franklin, Tenn. The gathering aims to teach practices that can lead to Christian revival. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS.

New Room: Banding together for great awakening

The New Room Conference is trying to recover the Wesleyan method of band meetings. It’s just one way the event seeks to promote revival. Read More

Sierra Leone Bishop John K. Yambasu, president of the Africa College of Bishops, said theology must remain a core value at United Methodist-related Africa University in Mutare, Zimbabwe.

Officials: Africa University’s ‘painful changes’

Enrollment in Faculty of Theology dropped to 40 and Zimbabwe’s immigration change is delaying return of some international students to campus. Read More

Sandy McCall looks through her furniture and flooded possessions on the street outside her home in Orange, Texas, after Hurricane Harvey. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

UMCOR is there for the long haul after disasters

The United Methodist Church’s relief agency walks alongside conferences to make sure survivors get what they need at every stage of a disaster. Read More

Members of Calvary United Methodist Church chartered two buses and rode to Pennsylvania Supreme Court to support Tina Brosius during her parole board hearing on Sept. 15. There were so many people, about half had to be turned away because the hearing room was full.

Faith family supports woman convicted of killing baby

Calvary United Methodist Church rejoiced when Tina Brosius received commutation, praying for clemency from Pennsylvania governor. Read More

In September, the Council of Churches in Sierra Leone, led by United Methodist Bishop John Yambasu, distributed about $82,000 worth of food, bowls, blankets and other relief items to mudslide survivors at a new relocation camp in Juba, western Freetown. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

After mudslide: Need for environmental education

The Sierra Leone Council of Churches, led by United Methodist Bishop John Yambasu, hopes environmental education can help avert future disasters. Read More

Members of the Ecumenical Bishops Forum gathered with the thousands of protesters in Rizal Park, Manila, on Sept. 21, marking the 45th year of martial law in the Philippines. It was also called a

Filipinos protest on martial law anniversary

“Only antidote to the power of tyranny is the power of organized people.” Read More

A GOES-16 [satellite] geocolor image of Hurricane Maria over Puerto Rico as it made landfall on Sept. 20. Although not yet operational, data from NOAA’s GOES-16 satellite proved vital in forecasting operations for Hurricane Maria as it neared Puerto Rico. Image courtesy of NOAA/NASA/CIRA.

Standing with Puerto Rican church after hurricanes

United Methodists pray for safety “and stand in solidarity as one Methodist family.” Read More

The Sept. 19 earthquake in Mexico damaged tile roofs and plaster walls at the Tree of Life Center, in the village of Tlancualpican. The center is part of the United Methodist-supported Give Ye Them to Eat ministry. Photo courtesy Muriel Henderson.

Earthquake hits Methodist churches, ministry

Methodists in Mexico assess damage while joining relief efforts after their country’s second major temblor this month. Read More

The Commission on a Way Forward met Sept. 18-20 to discuss possible models for the denomination's future. This photo of the group's logo comes from an earlier meeting. Photo by Diane Degnan, United Methodist Communications.

Way Forward sketches ideas to present bishops

Some members express cautious optimism for church unity. Another member has written about why he sees a need for a church split. Read More

The kitchen at Clendenin (W. Va.) United Methodist Church was ruined by flooding in June 2016 (left side image). The partially rebuilt kitchen is used by volunteer teams hosted by the church in July 2017 (right side image). Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

The church is still with West Virginia in flood recovery

A year later, United Methodists continue to help rebuild homes and lives in West Virginia. Read More