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Photo of the Rev. Jorge Acevedo by Francesca Morey Photography.

Aid, advancement and advocacy

“But when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by.” The Rev. Jorge Acevedo examines Jesus’ parable from a 2... Read More

The Council of Bishops and the Commission on the Status and Role of Women want people with allegations of sexual harassment or misconduct to know they will be heard. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

Bishops, agency respond to #MeToo movement

United Methodist leaders acknowledge that the church is not immune to sexual misconduct, and they pledge to take such allegations seriously. Read More

George Manneh Weah salutes during the playing of Liberia’s national anthem at his inauguration as the country’s 24th president at Samuel Doe stadium in Monrovia. Weah, a United Methodist and former soccer star, was elected by more than 61 percent of the vote. Photo by E Julu Swen, UMNS.

United Methodist sworn in as new president of Liberia

During induction ceremony, President George Manneh Weah vows to end government corruption. Read More

The Commission on a Way Forward convened Oct. 30-Nov. 1 at the United Methodist Publishing House in Nashville, Tenn. The commission is still working on possibilities for the denomination’s future. Photo by the Rev. Maidstone Mulenga

Way Forward fleshing out 3 possible futures

No one possibility for LGBTQ inclusion predominates, commission members said. But they did offer some more details. Read More

Bishop Hee-Soo Jung, director with Global Ministries, photographed during the Oct. 19-22, 2016 board meeting. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Commentary: 5 propositions for the Korean United Methodist Church

The Wisconsin Area bishop makes some proposals for the Korean United Methodist Church in today’s world. Read More

Two long-divided United Methodist groups in Burundi are joining to try to unite the church’s witness. A composite of map images from Google shows the location of the east African nation, below Rwanda. Map images courtesy of Google Maps.

Agencies help fund Burundi church reunification

Both the denomination’s finance and mission agencies are helping to defray costs of a special meeting for reconciliation — a rare move since they cut funding in 2012 to East Africa. Read More

Anotida Kadiramwando writes her name on the computer at Murewa Day Care Centre in Zimbabwe. A program, sponsored by The United Methodist Church in collaboration with the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education in Zimbabwe, aims to have computer laboratories at all United Methodist-run schools in Zimbabwe by 2025. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UMNS.

Church in Zimbabwe introduces kids to computers

New program aims to have computer laboratories at all church-run schools by 2025. Read More

Auschwitz death camp survivor Jadwiga Bogucka-Regulska holds a photo of herself from 1944. She was 89 when she posed for this photo in 2015 for a Reuters feature on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi camp. She joined the Methodist Church just after World War II.

Auschwitz survivor, United Methodist dead at 92

Jadwiga Bogucka-Regulska was a member of Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Warsaw for many decades. Read More

Bats began roosting in trees on the grounds of Ganta United Methodist Hospital in Liberia in November. Patrick Mantor, a hospital administrator, said the bats left “without any human action” and never entered the hospital, despite earlier reports. Photo by Julu Swen, UMNS.

Going a little batty at Ganta Hospital

But there were no bats in the belfrey or any area inside Ganta United Methodist Hospital in Liberia. Read More

Women of Office United Methodist Church in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, welcome visitors to the church which offers ministries to women affected by their country's 20 years of war. File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Conferences near goal for Congo rape survivors’ center

Three United Methodist conferences are collaborating with the East Congo Conference to build the Mama Lynn Center. Read More