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The choir at First Grace United Methodist Church led a rousing worship for members of the United Methodist Association of Communicators on March 23. The church, formed when two churches merged after Hurricane Katrina, has become a sanctuary church. Photo by Art McClanahan, UMNS

New Orleans church offers sanctuary

A diverse New Orleans church is willing to shelter undocumented immigrants in danger of being separated from family or returned to countries they fled. Read More

Bishop Minerva Carcaño (left) hugs Chiedza Chiwanza at the conclusion of Sunday worship during the 25th anniversary celebration for Africa University in Mutare, Zimbabwe. Chiwanza, a first-year humanities student, had just presented Carcaño a gift. At right is Bishop James Swanson. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Bishop celebrates God’s promise to Africa University

Bishop Minerva Carcaño urges denomination to believe that greater days are ahead for the pan-African university. Read More

United Methodist Bishop James Swanson (right) and James Salley (center) accept a $1,000 gift for Africa University from Mabel Middleton (left, foreground) during the 25th anniversary celebration for the United Methodist school in Mutare, Zimbabwe. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Africa University celebrates 25 years

Gifts, tears and cheers punctuated the 25th anniversary celebration of United Methodist-related Africa University in Zimbabwe. Read More

Performers with the Nanumteo Dance Company offer an act of praise, “Peace Be With You,” at the March 23 dedication service for the new Asia regional office of United Methodist Global Ministries. Photo by Jacob Lee, UMNS.

Global Ministries dedicates Asia office

Being physically in Asia makes a statement that “we are actually here, not from afar,” says mission staff member. Read More

Bishop Eben Nhiwatiwa, center, sits with other attendees at the vice chancellor’s inauguration at Africa University in Mutare, Zimbabwe, on March 21, 2015. Photo by Vicki Brown, UMNS.

Bishop reflects as Africa University turns 25

Zimbabwean Bishop Eben Nhiwatiwa was a pioneering faculty member and takes pride in the school’s progress. Read More

La Trinidad United Methodist Church, founded in 1876, is a historic church in San Antonio, Texas, and in Hispanic Methodism. Though most members are Hispanic U.S. citizens, the church does see undocumented persons in worship and in its outreach ministries. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS.

Churches, ministries see fear over immigration policy

Trump’s tougher policy felt at churches, ministries in San Antonio. Read More

Luciano Kovacs, regional secretary for the World Student Christian Federation-North America, takes a selfie with some of the federation’s delegation to the 2017 U.N. Commission on the Status of Women. At upper left is the Rev. Liberato “Levi” Bautista of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society, a “senior friend” of the organization. Photo by Luciano Kovacs.

Transforming young adults into Christian leaders

When United Methodists join an ecumenical leadership-training program this week, they will be part of a 122-year-old denominational connection to the World Student Christian Federation. Read More

United Methodist clergywomen, left to right, the Revs. Nelly Wright, Clarrisa Robertson, Anna Kpaan and Anna Tarr-Sayeh, attended the Liberia Annual Conference in Ganta, Liberia, in March. In his episcopal address, Bishop Samuel J. Quire Jr., called on all United Methodists in Liberia to be an example of inclusiveness in the execution of its programs and other activities that will include women. Photo by Julu Swen, UMNS.

Liberian bishop calls for women’s inclusion

In an episcopal message for International Women’s Month, Bishop Samuel Quire Jr. encouraged congregations to show women ‘they are partners in everything we do.’ Read More

Cuban immigrants wait in a park in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. Hundreds of Cubans are stuck in the border city, caught in limbo by the elimination in January of the infamous “wet foot, dry foot” policy of the United States. They are not allowed to enter the U.S. yet most don't want to return to Cuba. Photo by Paul Jeffrey.

Offering solidarity to Cubans stuck at border

Methodists in both countries offer food, water and other supplies to Cubans who find themselves in an immigration limbo on Mexico-U.S. border. Read More

Myers Park United Methodist in Charlotte, N.C., is a large church where members are divided on what the denomination's position on homosexuality should be. The Rev. James Howell, pastor, says the church's ability to stay unified and be effective in mission work despite differences would be at risk if The United Methodist Church splits into traditionalist and progressive groups. Photo courtesy Myers Park United Methodist Church.

Schism threat has some churches caught in middle

Pastors of United Methodist congregations with diverse views on homosexuality worry that a painful choice looms. Read More