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Bishop Ciriaco Q. Francisco, accompanied by his wife, Restetita Victoria, spoke Dec. 2 to delegates at the Philippines Central Conference after his re-election as a bishop in The United Methodist Church. Photo by Gladys Mangiduyos, UMNS

Francisco re-elected bishop in Philippines

Francisco is a member of the Council of Bishops executive committee and chairs the Standing Committee on Central Conference Matters. Read More

A 1,200-voice choir was a highlight of Revive 2 at the Ultra-Philippines Sports Complex in Pasig City on Nov. 26, an event which drew 10,000 United Methodists.

Revive 2 in Philippines draws 10,000

This was the second revival event held to highlight the legacy and contributions of The United Methodist Church. Read More

During his 25-year tenure as head of the World Methodist Council, the Rev. Joseph Rice Hale strengthened the bonds of the worldwide Wesleyan family, led dialogues with other Christians and formed a relationship with Pope John Paul II and bestowed awards on those pursuing peace. Hale died Nov. 14 in North Carolina at the age of 81. Photo by Jon Serenius, courtesy of Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Joe Hale: Worldwide ministry, sprinkled with magic

Committed to God, peace and the worldwide Wesleyan family, the Rev. Joseph Rice Hale left a legacy for the church. Read More

Bishop Pedro M. Torio Jr. speaks to the Philippines Central Conference after he was re-elected as a United Methodist bishop on Dec. 1. His wife, Joyce, holds their baby. Photo by Gladys Mangiduyos, UMNS

Torio re-elected bishop in the Philippines

Bishop Pedro M. Torio Jr. was re-elected bishop by the Philippines Central Conference on the sixth ballot. Read More

The Rev. Anna Guillozet highlights the ministry of the United Methodist Commission on the Status and Role of Women during the denomination's 2012 General Conference in Tampa, Fla. At right is the Rev. Betty Kiboko. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Status and Role of Women introduces new resources

The church’s agency for women’s advocacy lays out accomplishments in its 2016 Agency Report. Read More

The Rev. Tazvionepi Nyarota (right) ululates to express her appreciation of a decision by  the Edmonton Presbytery, a governing body in the United Church of Canada, to support the Zimbabwe United Methodist Church in Canada as a mission of the United Church. The meeting was held at McDougall United Church in Edmonton, Alberta. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Church helps Zimbabweans keep home in Canada

Migrant churches face financial struggles, but a new partnership and missionary approval are hopeful signs. Read More

A man is tested for HIV/AIDS at a forum held at Wesleyan University, Philippines, to promote awareness and help reduce stigma associated with the disease. AIDS affects as many as 37 million worldwide. Photo by Gladys P. Mangiduyos, UMNS.

Philippines United Methodists raise awareness on HIV/AIDS

More than 160 clergy and laity members attended the forum and members voluntarily rolled up their sleeves to be tested for HIV/AIDS. Read More

Rev. David Tokpah casts his ballot at the United Methodist Church Liberia nomination process for candidates for election for bishop. Photo by Julu Swen, United Methodist Communications.

Conference ban on divorced bishops could be tested

Liberians are firm in not wanting an episcopal leader who has had a failed marriage, but debate and election loom in West Africa Central Conference. Read More

The United Methodist Board of Global Ministries encourages giving to the denomination’s Advance designated-giving projects on #GivingTuesday. Logo courtesy of the General Board of Global Ministries

Support United Methodist programs on #GivingTuesday

Donations can be made through The Advance and other church agencies and ministries on Nov. 29 and beyond. Read More

Some 1,300 people, including members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, have used the campsite near Cannon Ball, N.D.,  as a base to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline, which tribal members say crosses sacred land and imperils their water supply.  Photo by Erin Hawkins, United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race.

Pension board: Talk to Standing Rock tribe

Wespath has urged the company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline to reach out to affected communities. Read More