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The Rev. Marie Dundja (left) trained Esperance Linda (right) to make arts and crafts so that she could earn income to support her family. Now Linda will be training other girls and mothers in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UMNS.

Microfinance project enriches women’s lives in Congo

Mentoring program empowers women to teach each other to sew and make arts and crafts, with materials donated by United Methodists across the connection. Read More

Thousands of students converged on the state capitol in Tallahassee, Florida, on Feb. 21. Chanting “Vote Them Out,” and carrying signs like “Enough is Enough,” the young people demanded change in gun laws that would prevent future school shootings. Among the protesters were students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the scene of the latest school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Photo by the Rev. Andy Oliver.

United Methodists support teens lobbying Florida lawmakers

A United Methodist elementary teacher says the survivors of the school shooting will be “change agents.” Read More

Bishop Rodolfo A. Juan (left) prays for a leader (red vest) at a camp for displaced people in Malaybalay, Philippines, in 2017. On Feb. 22, Juan made contacts on behalf of a team of five — including two missionaries with the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries— who were briefly detained at a police checkpoint in Koronadal City, Philippines. File photo courtesy of Dan Ela.

Missionaries briefly detained in Philippines

Two United Methodist missionaries were among a group of five briefly detained at a police checkpoint in Koronadal City, Philippines. Read More

Piles of cut wood (photo on left) are all that remain of a large tree that fell when Hurricane Irma moved through Goodland, Fla. Photo on the right shows the clearing of debris in the small fishing village on the end of Marco Island after the Sept. 10, 2017, storm. Photos by Kathleen Barry, Gustavo Vasquez; UMNS. Toggle bar back and forth to reveal either photo.

Irma survivors grateful for church’s help

The news crews are long gone, but The United Methodist Church is still helping Floridians recover from the historic storm. Read More

Dr. Kaly Kayamba Tombe sits on a motorbike delivered by the North Katanga Conference. The United Methodist Board of Global Ministries’ Global Health unit provided funding for the bikes, as well as computers, mobile phones and modems, to improve patient care and data collection in Kamina, Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo by the Rev. Betty Kazadi Musau, UMNS

Church gives doctors in DRC technology tools

With a donation from Global Ministries’ Global Health unit, the North Katanga Conference delivers computers, mobile phones, modems and motorbikes to doctors. Read More

Courtesy photo of the Rev. Ted A. Campbell.

Commentary: Church separation calmly considered

Practicalities of denominational division up could have `deeply adverse’ effects, writes the Rev. Ted A. Campbell in a commentary about possible schism of The United Methodist Church. Read More

Writer and photographer Ken Garfield shakes hands with the Rev. Billy Graham. Garfield, who wrote a book, “Billy Graham-A Life in Pictures,” is the director of communications at Myers Park United Methodist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photo courtesy of Triumph Books/The Charlotte Observer.

Graham influenced many United Methodists

Evangelist famed for televised revivals also took ecumenical approach in spreading the gospel. Read More

Community members, staff and volunteers wish Craig Kirwin (seated, right) a happy birthday during the twice-weekly community café at Wharton and Cleggs Lane Church and Community Centre in Little Hulton, England. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

British church stays alive through service

In northern England, a dying church starts a men’s health group and joins forces with another small congregation to become a real presence in the community. Read More

Bob Bartindale, a British Methodist lay minister, used Cleggs Lane as a case study in a dissertation for his master’s degree in practical theology. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Cleggs Lane as a case study

Can the church positively engage with the community on mental health issues? An engineer turned Methodist lay minister made it the focus of his masters dissertation. Read More

Bishop Christian Alsted (far left), Bishop John Yambasu (center back) and Bishop Rosemarie Wenner (far right) join trainees at the dedication of the new United Methodist Women’s Training Center in Bo, southern Sierra Leone. Photo by Phileas Jusus, UMNS.

New training center for women opens in Sierra Leone

The United Methodist Church in Germany provided funds to build the new United Methodist Women’s Training Center for disadvantaged women and girls. Read More