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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

Bishop Hee-Soo Jung serves in the Wisconsin Episcopal Area. File photo by United Methodist Communications.

Roots of Faith in Korea: A United Methodist Bishop’s Journey

Bishop Hee-Soo Jung grew up on a small island with a view of North Korea. He credits U.S. missionaries and a kind neighbor for his conversion to Christianity. View

The Rev. Mustafa Isufi (left) speaks to participants of the first national convention of The United Methodist Church in Albania, meeting in Gjinar. Photo by Jean Nausner.

Albanian church holds national convention

The United Methodist Church in Albania holds national convention and first worship at the first United Methodist church in Durrës. Read More

Bishop Rodolfo A. Juan (left) hands out crayons to children who fled with their families to escape fighting between government forces and Islamic State militants on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. The families are staying at an evacuation center in Bito-Buadi, Marawi City, where United Methodists are helping those displaced. Photo by the Rev. Israel M Painit

Assisting those fleeing siege in Philippines

United Methodists are reaching out to civilians caught in battle with Islamic State militants in Marawi City, Philippines. Read More

Joseph Robbins and Alexandria Daponte, rising seniors at Duke Divinity School, discuss reasons they feel called to attend the United Methodist school of theology.

Duke Divinity School striving for diversity

Dean says diversity and equity are top priorities for faculty and student body. Read More