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The Rev. Jason Radmacher, pastor of John Street United Methodist Church, stands at the front of the church, located at 44 John Street in New York City. Photo by Linda Bloom, UMNS

Still present: Methodism in New York

A snapshot of the denomination’s impact on the city through the lens of its oldest congregation. Read More

There are more than 70,000 prisoners in the Russian Federation penal system, making it one of the largest mission fields in the country. Photo courtesy of Eurasia Episcopal Office.

Prison ministry in Bulgaria a ‘journey to another world’

An invitation to visit a prison, while initially uncomfortable, inspired one pastor to begin a now-thriving ministry to inmates that continues beyond prison walls. Read More

‘Bittersweet’ departure from New York

Global Ministries celebrates the many years of Methodist mission in New York as its U.S. headquarters moves to Atlanta. Read More

The Rev. Tamara Brown, a director from the Kentucky Conference, serves communion to Philadelphia Area Bishop Peggy Johnson, a fellow director, during the closing worship service of the Sept. 21-24, 2016 meeting of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society.

Looking at core social values

Directors for United Methodist Board of Church and Society follow the mandate “at the core” of the denomination’s identity. Read More

The sanctuary of Oconee Street United Methodist Church in Athens, Ga., shortly after the fire on April 15, 2013, (left) and back in use on Sept. 11, 2016. The cross survived. Photos courtesy of the Rev. Lisa Caine and Heather Hahn

How a church fire sparked congregational growth

A Georgia church’s experience offers lessons for faith communities overcoming disaster. Read More

2016 East Africa Conference

Aug. 24-27, Nangina Catholic Pastoral Centre, Samia sub-county, in Busia, Kenya Read More

The Rev. Karl Stegall, creator of the Seminary Scholarship Endowment Foundation, speaks at the 2016 Dinner of Celebration held in Montgomery, Ala. More than 475 scholars, alumni, donors and sponsors attended. Photo by Luke Lucas, Alabama-West Florida Conference, courtesy of the Stegall Seminary Scholarship Endowment Foundation.

Pastor’s program offers seminarians financial lifeline

The Stegall Seminary Scholarship Endowment Foundation currently helps students from the Alabama-West Florida Conference afford seminary. Read More

A member of the clergy holds up the elements of Holy Communion. In 2005, the average age of retiring United Methodist elders was 64, but by last year that had climbed to 66, the Lewis Center found in analyzing data provided by Wespath Benefits and Investments, formerly the United Methodist Board of Pension and Health Benefits. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

Study: Clergy retiring later

Average retirement age for United Methodist elders reaches 66. Read More

United Methodist church families rescuing, rebuilding after floods

The flood affected 9 out of 10 households in some communities. Church families are stepping in to pick up, muck out and help people live into their new realities. Read More

The Rev. Mark Crosby (left) meets with members of the disaster relief group at Live Oak United Methodist Church in Watson, La. The group has been meeting daily during the flooding crisis in southern Louisiana.

Church becomes safe place from floodwaters

Live Oak United Methodist Church became refuge for more than 400 people fleeing for their lives after historic flood. Read More