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Members of the Southern Nigeria Conference pray during the 2018 Christian Revival Gathering held March 14-18 in Jalingo, Nigeria. More than 12,000 members attended, including a group who had left the conference five years ago. Photo by Ande I. Emmanuel, UMNS.

Revival in Nigeria brings back breakaway members

Members who left five years ago after the election of Bishop John Wesley Yohanna return to Southern Nigeria Conference, United Methodist connection. Read More

Evelyn Hall (1890), an outstanding example of Queen Anne architecture, is among the public buildings at Bay View, a United Methodist-affiliated summer community in northern Michigan.  Bay View is embroiled in a lawsuit overs its requirement that only practicing Christians can own a cottage there. Photo courtesy Bay View Chautauqua Inclusiveness Group.

‘Christians only’ cottage ownership challenged

United Methodists among those backing suit to lift restriction on who can own at Bay View, a United Methodist-affiliated summer community in northern Michigan. Read More

Parishioners sing during worship at the United Methodist Church of the Redeemer in Munich, Germany. From left are Jula Carlsen and Daniel  and Carina Kuß. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Vitality takes many forms in German churches

Churches in Germany are providing sanctuary, classes and programs — outreach benefiting the churches, not just refugees and migrants. Read More

Bishop Kenneth H. Carter Jr. in a 2012 file photo. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Commentary: Thoughts, prayers and advocacy

Florida Area Bishop Kenneth H. Carter Jr. writes about the church bearing witness to life in the midst of death by moving beyond thoughts and prayers to advocacy. Read More

An anchor stands atop a wrecked boat after Hurricane Irma demolished St. Martin. Upper Room Ministries sponsored a devotional-writing workshop on the island during a three-day retreat to help participants express their trauma after the September 2017 disaster. Photo courtesy of Upper Room Ministries.

Writing helps Irma survivors confront trauma

Upper Room Ministries hosted a workshop in Irma-affected St. Martin to help ‘Find God’s Peace’ after storm. Read More

Benton R. Heisler and Beverly Wilkes-Null, members of the North Central Jurisdiction Committee on Appeals, heard arguments on March 9 from the West Ohio Conference appealing a decision by the West Ohio Committee on Investigation to drop two of three charges against the Rev. David Meredith that stemmed from his 2016 marriage to another man.

Gay pastor’s case heads back to West Ohio committee

The North Central Jurisdiction Committee on Appeals found the West Ohio Committee on Investigations made errors of church law in dismissing some charges against the Rev. David Meredith. Read More

The  Rev. Ndapi Saffa, pastor at Rogers Memorial United Methodist Church in Bo, southern Sierra Leone,  stands by a broken window at his home after a wave of violent post-election attacks on the community. Saffa, his wife and two children were under siege until a rescue team arrived to ward off the attackers. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

Pastor caught up in political violence

A United Methodist pastor and his family were “under siege for five hours” in community attack as Sierra Leone’s two leading political parties continue to clash. Read More

Muzinga Bahati, chairperson of United Methodist Women for the Nyunzu district, donates soap, lotion and blankets to pygmies in the Tanganyika province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo by Betty Kazadi Musau, UMNS.

Church promotes peace, unity in DRC

United Methodist Women initiates dialogue between indigenous pygmies, Bantus in Tanganyika Conference and holds vocational training to empower both groups. Read More

David Ivey mucks out the second floor of a damaged home in Hatillo, Puerto Rico, a town known for having as many cows as people. Photo by Matt Brodie.

United Methodists help Puerto Rico rise

A South Carolina mission team helped the storm-battered island begin recovery through UMCOR, Home Depot and the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico partnership. Read More

Attendance has almost tripled at Danga United Methodist Church in Calumpit, Bulacan, Philippines, due to an outreach program called Banyuhay. Many of the program’s participants and their families and neighbors have joined the church. Photo courtesy of The Rev. Mienie N. Tolentino.

Filipino church grows amid war on drugs

Danga United Methodist Church hosts reformation program for drug traffickers and addicts, then welcomes participants and their families into ministry. Read More