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Marvin Parvez, a regional representative in Islamabad, Pakistan, for Community World Service Asia, visited partner agency offices in New York and Washington in August before heading to Houston for the World Methodist Conference. Photo by Linda Bloom, UMNS

Building good relations in Pakistan, Afghanistan

A United Methodist partner agency with deep roots in local communities makes the connection for humanitarian aid programs. Read More

Sixty-two children march down a muddy road to join a tree planting in Macatbong, a barangay or village in Cabanatuan City. Photo by Gladys Mangiduyos, UMNS.

Children plant trees to protect environment

Children join in tree planting to address environmental problems in the Philippines. Read More

From left, the Rev. Vienna Mutezo, Rebecca Gurupira, Nyasha Musharu and Africa University professor Zanele Furusa stand next to Africa University-branded waste bins donated to the Zimbabwe Episcopal Area. Photo courtesy Taurai Emmanuel Maforo

Disposable diapers create environmental hazard in Zimbabwe

As people have adopted the use of diapers as a convenient alternative to cloth, used diapers have become an eye sore and hazard to the environment, says Africa University professor. Read More

This year’s J2J celebrants cut a birthday cake on June 26 at Bishop Baughman UMC in Freetown. Photo courtesy of Phileas Jusu

Birthday parties a gift to the church

Thanks to some healthy competition, birthday celebrations have become a major source of fundraising, with proceeds going toward a variety of church development programs. Read More

Bishop Rodolfo Juan of the Manila Episcopal Area speaks during an ecumenical forum promoting peace. The event was a prelude to a meeting between the Philippine government and opposition groups, who have had violent conflict going back decades. Photo courtesy of Norma P. Dollaga

Filipino bishop urges government, rebels to make peace

As the government of the Philippines begins peace talks with opposition forces, the faith community prays they will be successful. Read More

Sierra Leone pastor defrocked after sex with minor

The Sierra Leone Conference revoked the license of a clergyman who pleaded guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old. Read More

Bishops of varied theological perspectives have weighed in on the election of Bishop Karen Oliveto, a married lesbian. Most counsel waiting for the Judicial Council, the denomination’s top court, to rule on questions of church law. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

Bishops respond to gay colleague

Some bishops outside the United States said they worry that Bishop Karen Oliveto remaining in office will put their ministry at risk. Read More

Newly elected Bishop Karen Oliveto, a married lesbian who has become the first openly gay bishop of The United Methodist Church, stands with Big Sky Area Bishop Elaine Stanovsky, left, and Los Angeles Area Bishop Minerva Carcaño. Photo by Charmaine Robledo, Mountain Sky Episcopal Area.

Top court will take up Oliveto election in spring

Judicial Council will review a petition on the election of first gay bishop for The United Methodist Church when it meets in April 2017. Read More

United Methodist regional missionary Grace Musuka speaks at the one-day maternal and child heath workshop in Harare in June 2016. Photo courtesy Kudzai Chingwe.

Poor maternal health care remains concern in Zimbabwe

Mothers and babies are dying because of poor facilities at satellite clinics, delays in hospital referrals, according to senior nursing officer. Read More

United Methodists still reeling from massacre

The East Congo episcopal area is still reeling from Aug. 13 attack. The Beni area has nine United Methodist churches, Read More