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A GOES-16 [satellite] geocolor image of Hurricane Maria over Puerto Rico as it made landfall on Sept. 20. Although not yet operational, data from NOAA’s GOES-16 satellite proved vital in forecasting operations for Hurricane Maria as it neared Puerto Rico. Image courtesy of NOAA/NASA/CIRA.

Standing with Puerto Rican church after hurricanes

United Methodists pray for safety “and stand in solidarity as one Methodist family.” Read More

The Sept. 19 earthquake in Mexico damaged tile roofs and plaster walls at the Tree of Life Center, in the village of Tlancualpican. The center is part of the United Methodist-supported Give Ye Them to Eat ministry. Photo courtesy Muriel Henderson.

Earthquake hits Methodist churches, ministry

Methodists in Mexico assess damage while joining relief efforts after their country’s second major temblor this month. Read More

The Commission on a Way Forward met Sept. 18-20 to discuss possible models for the denomination's future. This photo of the group's logo comes from an earlier meeting. Photo by Diane Degnan, United Methodist Communications.

Way Forward sketches ideas to present bishops

Some members express cautious optimism for church unity. Another member has written about why he sees a need for a church split. Read More

The kitchen at Clendenin (W. Va.) United Methodist Church was ruined by flooding in June 2016 (left side image). The partially rebuilt kitchen is used by volunteer teams hosted by the church in July 2017 (right side image). Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

The church is still with West Virginia in flood recovery

A year later, United Methodists continue to help rebuild homes and lives in West Virginia. Read More

Pastor: ‘God wanted me to go through tribulations’

The Rev. Félix Medina, his family and community, celebrate beginning of new church. Read More

The Rev. Adam Hamilton, a clergy delegate from the Great Plains Conference, speaks on the floor of the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. Delegates were discussing what some perceive as a need to divide the denomination over issues of sexuality. Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS

New group to church: Let’s stay together

The Uniting Methodists Movement seeks to give voice to those who think differences around homosexuality should not divide church. Read More

Members of the New York and Northern Illinois conferences bonded during a joint cabinet meeting in September at 475 Riverside Drive in New York.

Connecting across regional lines

The United Methodist New York and Northern Illinois bishops and their cabinets find solidarity, support and helpful ideas at a first joint session together. Read More

The Rev. Wilton Odongo, district superintendent of Nairobi, said the church was encouraging voters to maintain peace in Kenya following the nullification of the presidential election results by the country’s Supreme Court.

Kenyan church promotes peaceful voting

United Methodists hope to bridge divisions ahead of second presidential election. Read More

Students with the National Network of Young Adults pose for a selfie. The network finds mentors for young African-Americans interested in leadership in The United Methodist Church in the areas of ordained or lay ministry, social justice or academia. Photo courtesy of Nathalie N. Parker.

Support for young African-American leaders

New network aims to provide mentoring for future African-American leaders in the denomination. Read More

Church becomes emergency shelter after Harvey

The Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell explains why Windsor Village United Methodist Church in Houston opened its doors to displaced residents. “There was no doubt in our minds.” Read More