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The Rev. Kathleen McMurray joins a Good Friday vigil at the Arkansas Capitol in Little Rock to protest planned executions of seven inmates. McMurray is associate pastor of Grace United Methodist Church in Conway, Ark. Photo by Amy Forbus, Arkansas United Methodist

Clergy react to Arkansas execution

United Methodist clergy spoke out against Arkansas first execution since 2005 and plans for other executions by April 27. Read More

United Methodist Bishop Karen Oliveto says goodbye Aug. 14 at Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco, after eight years as pastor. She was elected bishop by the Western Jurisdiction in July. Oliveto is the first openly gay pastor elected to the United Methodist episcopacy and her standing could be affected by a case before the denomination’s Judicial Council. Photo by Alain McLaughlin Photography Inc.

Church braces for ruling on gay bishop

Some say fragile unity will be tested, regardless of the ruling in the case that could affect United Methodist Bishop Karen Oliveto. Read More

The Judicial Council at its April meeting faces a petition asking how the election of an openly gay bishop squares with the Book of Discipline, the denomination's governing document. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Preview to the legal debate around gay bishop

The denomination’s top court faces a question of whether it should weigh in on Bishop Oliveto’s election at all. Read More

A panel discussion at U.N. headquarters focuses on the role of faith-based organizations in refugee resettlement work. The panel was part of the Focus on Faith series of the U.N.’s Department of Public Information- Non-Governmental Organizations, and organized in partnership with LDS Charities. Photo courtesy of Ryan John Koch, LDS New York Office of Public and International Affairs.

Faith groups bring hope, new life to refugees

Panel at U.N. headquarters highlights decades-long leadership of faith-based groups in U.S. refugee resettlement. Read More

The Rev. Kristin Sundt, front, in traditional Norweigan clothing, leads members of the congregation from Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, known as Mindekirken, in a parade celebrating Norwegian Constitution Day. The church marks the day each year on the weekend closest to May 17. Photo courtesy of Kristin Sundt.

Norwegian United Methodist pastor leads Lutheran church

Appointment of Norwegian United Methodist pastor to Lutheran church highlights value of ecumenism. Read More

Women take a break from their knitting class at Banyam Theological Seminary in Bambur, Nigeria. The seminary is now providing training in basic skills for the wives of male students such as tailoring, knitting and basic administrative skills that will help them run a church alongside their husband. Photo by Julu Swen, UMNS

Nigerian seminary educates pastors’ wives

A United Methodist seminary in Nigeria is providing basic skills training for the wives of students training to be pastors. Read More

The Rev. Portia Kanoyangwa was the first to receive treatment during a medical outreach program conducted by The United Methodist Church in the Chitungwiza and Marondera rural districts of Zimbabwe. A total of 355 patients with various ailments benefited from the free program. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UMNS.

Hundreds benefit from medical outreach

Free medical outreach program conducted by The United Methodist Church in rural Zimbabwe also encouraged patients to seek treatment sooner. Read More

Agatha Muagura speaks softly to the chicken she has selected to slaughter as part of a training exercise at the Africa University farm in Mutare, Zimbabwe. Muagura, a freshman agriculture student from Mozambique, wants to be a farmer.

Africa University farm feeds multitudes

Happy animals, abundant crops makes the pan-African university self-sustaining. The agricultural department was one of first two faculties established in 1992. Read More

Members of the Commission on a Way Forward meet in small groups during their April 6-8 meeting in Washington, D.C. Photo by Maidstone Mulenga, Council of Bishops

Way Forward group ponders structural changes

As the commission works toward church unity, some members say the group is contemplating “loosening the connection.” Read More

United Methodist Bishop Rodolfo Juan offers a prayer during an interfaith worship service at Spottswood United Methodist Center in Kidapawan City marking the one-year anniversary of an attack on farmers in the Philippines. Photo courtesy of Rodolfo Juan.

Recalling violence against Filipino farmers

United Methodists organize worship service to mark one-year anniversary of a bloody attack in the Philippines. Read More