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The Rev. Arthur Jones is a fan of TED Talks and gave one in April at a TEDx event in Plano, Texas, where he is associate pastor of St. Andrew United Methodist Church. Photo courtesy TEDxPlano.

United Methodists embrace TED Talks

Pastors, churches find idea-sharing talks on Internet to be good models for communication. Read More

The Rev. Canon James George of the Anglican Church walks away with a new bicycle, a gift to his church after a three-day Bikes and Bibles training session in Bo, Sierra Leone. The program aims to support clergy engaged in rural evangelism by providing them with bicycles, motorcycles and Bibles to work in areas that are difficult to reach. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

Bikes boost church growth in Sierra Leone

Churches have been planted and attendance is up in areas where pastors received motorbikes and bicycles from the Bikes & Bibles program. Read More

In the 2012 edition of The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church, paragraph 161F of the Social Principles states

Use of ‘incompatible’ language on court agenda

The fall docket for the United Methodist Judicial Council includes two petitions asking whether reference to homosexuality violates the church’s constitution. Read More

United Methodist facing deportation

A 19-year-old who lives at a New Orleans United Methodist church is facing deportation as an undocumented immigrant. Read More

Scouts try paddle boarding at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree held July 19-28 at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in Glen Jean, W.Va. The United Methodist Church is the second-largest faith group represented at the event, with 3,500 professed United Methodists at the Boy Scouts of America’s quadrennial celebration. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Church’s big presence at Boy Scout Jamboree

Chaplains, volunteers and 3,500 United Methodist Scouts make the denomination the second-largest faith group at the quadrennial event. Read More

Members of the Commission on a Way Forward are pictured during their first meeting held in January 2017. Photo courtesy of commission.

Way Forward keeps mum on plans for church

The commission is looking at new ways to embody unity amid deep divisions around homosexuality. But it’s not ready to share those plans. Read More

The wining soccer team from the Domboramwari Circuit pose with their trophy during a sports gala held at Selborne Routledge Primary School in Harare. The two United Methodist conferences in Zimbabwe competed in a sports event aimed at promoting exercise for health. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UMNS.

Conferences promote sports for health

The two United Methodist conferences in Zimbabwe competed in a sports event aimed at promoting exercise for health. Read More

Mercy Chikhosi (in black shirt) regularly visits with the women of Nkhafi village in Malawi. She has an easy rapport with members of the village. “I developed a strong bond and a relationship so I continue visiting, influencing and motivating them to identify their needs and find solutions with local resources,” Chikhosi said. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Small business loans empower Malawi women

Through small business loans, Mercy Chikhosi believes in empowering women to support their families and communities. Read More

In a video file image, Bishop Bruce R. Ough, at podium, delivers a statement from the Council of Bishops about the formation of the Commission on a Way Forward during the 2016 General Conference in Portland, Ore. Video image courtesy of United Methodist Communications.

Way Forward gets input on church future

The commission asked various United Methodists to describe their preferences regarding the extent of the inclusion of LGBTQ people within the church. Read More

The Revs. Jeff Rainwater (left) and Jeremy Scott present a report on Yellowstone Conference's financial situation June 9 during the 2017 Annual Conference Session in Billings, Montana.

Yellowstone Conference facing financial crisis

Yellowstone’s financial problems are similar to those facing the rest of the church and having a “gay bishop is only one of many factors,” officials said. Read More