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Charles Wesley wins “Lent Madness”

Score one for Methodism! John's brother won votes in a unique Lenten practice that mirrors the brackets some basketball fans use during March Madness. Read More

Sara Dominguez works in child care at Dallas Bethlehem Center, including supervising this exuberant 20-month-old. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS

Dallas center experiences a resurrection

Closed in 2011, UMW mission institution reopens with diverse support from churches, community. Read More

Why did Jesus have to die?

As every Christian knows, Jesus freely died for our sins. But was there a less brutal way for God and humanity to be reconciled? Read More

The Men's Association of the United Methodist Church, Harare West District, sings during the 2013 Palm Sunday service in the Kwang Lim Chapel at Africa University. A UMNS photo by Kathleen Barry.; Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

Cultural traditions enhance Easter

United Methodists around the world celebrate Christ’s Resurrection in diverse ways. Read More

Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

United Methodists prepare for annual conferences

Legislative meetings for regional conferences in 2014 also include worship, ordination and even bike rides. Read More

Will Corporon, left, and Mindy Corporon, talk to reporters at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection after their father Dr. William Corporon, 69, and nephew and son, Reat Underwood, 14, were killed April 13. A third woman was killed by the same gunman.  Photo courtesy of United Methodist Church of the Resurrection

Mother’s faith offers comfort after Kansas City shootings

April 15, 2014

A member of United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, Mindy Corporon is sharing her faith after the slaying of her son and father. Read More

United Methodist Bishop Lloyd Knox dies at 85

A native of Florida, Knox devoted years of service to the church as missionary, episcopal leader. Read More

United Methodists killed in shooting spree at Jewish centers

Two members of the Church of Resurrection were among the three killed in what authorities are calling a hate crime. Read More

Gil Hanke speaks about scouting ministries during the 2012 General Conference in Tampa, Fla., in this April 2012 file photo. Hanke is top staff executive of United Methodist Men. Hanke, who chairs the General Secretaries Table, said he is excited about renewed cooperation among the denomination’s top agency staff leaders. A UMNS file photo by Mike DuBose.

Updated April 11: Scouting group loses United Methodist affiliation

At heart, the dispute is about the role of affiliate with a general church agency. Read More

The Rev. Esdra Seda introduces Pilar Molina, whose husband has been detained since January 2014, during a prayer vigil at Haws Avenue United Methodist Church, Norristown, Penn.  Photo by John Coleman.

United Methodist message: ‘Suspend deportations’

During April 5-6 weekend of action, church members pray for immigrant families torn apart and call on President to act. Read More

Phil Wingeier-Rayo, professor of religion at Pfeiffer University, reads the Bible to children in a vacation Bible school class during a Pfeiffer University mission trip to Brazil in June 2013. Photo by Diana Wingeier-Rayo.

Mission is in Pfeiffer’s DNA

“Engaged learning” prepares university students to serve worldwide. Now seven grads are young adult United Methodist missionaries. Read More

Scoutmaster Geoffrey McGrath walks with Davonn Abaga and Denzel Abaga, two members of the Cub Scout pack, during an outing to Mount Rainier National Park. Photo by Nguyen Truong, Cubmaster.

Church stands with gay scout leader

April 8, 2014

Rainier Beach United Methodist Church will continue to support Scoutmaster banned by the National Council of Boy Scouts of America because he is gay. Read More

White, burning candles. A UMCom photo by Kathryn Price.

United Methodist church comforts Ft. Hood families

After more fatal shootings on the U.S. Army base, First United Methodist Church in Killeen, Texas helped the community cope. Read More

Photo by Bill Fulton, WAFB Photo.

Black caucus commits to increase advocacy

Mass incarceration, violence, voter rights and immigration reform are among issues raised for the group to address. Read More

Courtesy of the General Council on Finance and Administration

Updated April 7: Church agency sues over UMCmarket

Company is now squatting on website, suit says. In the meantime, General Council on Finance and Administration has launched UMCmarket.net Read More

The Rev. Thomas Lambrecht arrives on June 21, 2011, for the start of the Rev. Amy DeLong's church trial at Peace United Methodist Church in Kaukauna, Wis. Lambrecht is now the vice president and general manager of Good News, an unofficial United Methodist renewal group. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Church situation on gay unions ‘untenable,’ group says

Good News says it 'may not be wise to pretend any longer that we are one' church. Others says schism avoidable. Read More

Photo by Bull Fulton, WAFB Photo.

What can ethnic caucuses teach the church?

At a historic meeting, people of color shared their ideas for improving ministry and reaching “the least, the last and the lost.” Read More

Amy Laura Hall of Duke Divinity, and Dr. Sameera Ahmad, a physician from near Asheville, N.C., participate in a panel discussion with a Muslim physician on the issues of women and health care at the sixth annual Peace Conference held March 27-30 at Lake Junaluska. Photo by Michael Rich.

Interfaith gathering has United Methodist flair

April 1, 2014

Rabbis sang in Hebrew, a Muslim prayed in Arabic and United Methodists were involved at every turn during an international gathering of people from across the faith spectrum. Read More

United Methodist Bishop Sally Dyck, Chicago, joins other faith leaders in a March 27, 2014 rally and protest calling upon President Obama to stop deportations of undocumented people. Photo by Michael Vollmer, UMNS.

United Methodist presence strong in Chicago rally

Bishop Sally Dyck became the third United Methodist bishop to be arrested in an international campaign calling for President Obama to stop deporting undocumented immigrants. Read More