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An Inveneo-installed wireless networking dish provides connectivity to a NetHope member NGO in Tacloban. Photo courtesy of Inveneo.

Reconnecting the Philippines: Tracking the progress

Editor’s note: Since Typhoon Haiyan (known regionally as Yolanda) hit the Philippines Nov. 8, 2013, United Methodist Communications and its partners have been working to help restore communications in... Read More

Finance agency responds to clergy housing decision

A U.S. federal district court has ruled tax-free housing benefits for clergy unconstitutional. The United Methodist finance agency is closely monitoring the case. Read More

Community members line up for a food distribution site for the United Methodist Committee on Relief following Typhoon Haiyan in Dagami, Philippines. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

Bringing comfort to typhoon survivors in Philippines

When the United Methodist Committee on Relief delivered food packages Nov. 20 to six storm-ravaged communities in Dagami, the Philippines, it was the first substantial emergency relief aid there since Typhoon... Read More

Crossroads United Methodist Church in Washington, Ill., makes supplies available to those hit by the tornado. Photo courtesy of Crossroads United Methodist Church.

Illinois, Indiana United Methodists assess damages

United Methodists are working throughout Illinois and Indiana to determine the extent of damage from the multiple tornados that swept through the two states Nov. 17. While there were reports of... Read More

Minneapolis chosen as site for General Conference 2020

The Commission on the General Conference announced today that Minneapolis will be the site of the 2020 General Conference. Read More

How to contribute to the relief effort for the Philippines

The United Methodist Committee on Relief is mobilized in the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, one of the biggest storms ever recorded. Be part of the relief effort. Read More

Year 1: Sandy recovery — Different needs everywhere

Anatomy of a United Methodist disaster response

Sandy assumed several forms – tropical storm, hurricane, even “superstorm” – as it charted a path of destruction from the Caribbean to New York State at the end of October 2012. Whatever the... Read More

Retired Bishop Melvin G. Talbert preaches from the pulpit of Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C. for Reconciling Ministries Network’s Celebration of Biblical Obedience. A RMN 2012 file photo by Sam Piczuk.

Bishops urge Bishop Talbert not to officiate at same-sex union

The Executive Committee of the Council of Bishops has urged Bishop Melvin Talbert not to perform the same-gender marriage in Birmingham, Ala. Read More

Finance agency extends benefits to same-sex couples

General agencies of the United Methodist Church will extend employee benefits to same-sex couples, under a decision by the board of directors of the denomination’s General Council on Finance... Read More

$25 million pension goal reached for Central Conferences

The United Methodist Board of Pension and Health Benefits announced Wednesday that the Central Conference Pension Initiative reached its $25 million challenge goal with a $217,000 “tithe” contribution from the General Board... Read More

Bishops issue statements on same-sex union

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS)—Two bishops of The United Methodist Church, one retired and one newly elected, are following their beliefs about same-sex unions. One agrees with the denomination’s stand... Read More

The Rev. Hector Navas speaks at the 2011 meeting of MARCHA — Methodists Associated Representing the Cause of Hispanic Americans. A UMNS file photo by Mike DuBose.

Hector Navas, MARCHA co-founder, dies

The Rev. Hector Manuel Navas, 79, a founder of The United Methodist Church’s Hispanic/Latino caucus, died Sept. 18. Read More

Photo courtesy of Collin Thompson

Mission support shows how small churches can make a big difference

"Paul was right; love is the greatest gift. I have been a member of Decatur United Methodist a little over two years now, and I feel like I have found... Read More

The Rev. Timothy Bias

Cincinnati pastor is nominee to lead Board of Discipleship

The Rev. Timothy L. Bias is the senior pastor of the multi-campus Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church in Cincinnati. Read More

Women and children walk through the Zaatari Refugee Camp near Mafraq, Jordan. Opened in July, 2012, the camp holds more than 50,000 refugees from the civil war inside Syria. The United Methodist Committee on Relief has worked with its partners to assist the refugees. Other United Methodists are urging negotiations instead of a U.S. military attack on Syria. Photo © Paul Jeffrey, ACT Alliance.

Social agency urges United Methodists to ask Congress to negotiate, not attack Syria

An action alert has been issued by the Peace with Justice unit of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society, asking church members to call on Congress to oppose... Read More

Publishing House signs contract for sale of property

The United Methodist Publishing House announced Aug. 30 that it has entered into a purchase and sale agreement with TVG Holdings LLC for the sale of its downtown property. The sale... Read More

The 2013 Young Africa Leaders Summit, conducted in May by the Young People’s Ministries division of the United Methodist Board of Discipleship, brought together young leaders from 17 annual conferences throughout the African continent. UMNS Photo by Tom Gillem

Young United Methodists in Africa Explore Indigenous Leadership Skills

A growing group of young United Methodists in Africa are being encouraged with annual gatherings and monthly Internet sessions to explore and apply their indigenous leadership attributes as they become... Read More

MARCHA calls Trayvon Martin case ‘perversion of justice’

Methodists Associated Representing the Cause of Hispanic Americans issued a statement Thursday on the Trayvon Martin case saying race is a factor that was ignored from the beginning. “The Christian... Read More

Pilot Gaston Ntambo (center) prepares for the first flight of the new Wings of the Morning aircraft inside the Democratic Republic of Congo, taking a delegation from Lubumbashi to Kongolo for a meeting of the Tanganyika Annual Conference. A UMNS photo courtesy of Bishop Nkulu Ntanda Ntambo.

Wings of Morning takes flight in Congo

Pilot Gaston Ntambo prepares for the first flight of the new Wings of the Morning aircraft inside the Democratic Republic of Congo. Read More

Perspectives about the Trayvon Martin case

On Feb. 26, 2012, Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old, was shot and killed by a member of a neighborhood watch in Sanford, Fla. Last week, the shooter, George Zimmerman, was found not... Read More

Gil Hanke, left, and Larry Coppock, right, of United Methodist Men present Jeff Cox with the Good Samaritan Award for his 9/11 Eagle Scout Project.

National Gathering of UM Men urged to become ‘mighty’

A United Methodist pastor urged some 800 attendees of the National Gathering of United Methodist Men to become like the mighty men of David. Read More

Floodwaters on the Saale River lap at the Christian Academy for Health and Social Care Professions, part of the United Methodist Hospital Martha-Maria complex. Photo courtesy of Frieder Badstuebner

United Methodists reach out in Europe floods

The United Methodist Committee on Relief has reached out to Bishops Rosemarie Wenner, Germany Episcopal Area of the United Methodist Church and president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops,... Read More

Alabama reaching out to Oklahoma tornado survivors

First United Methodist Church is joining with the United Methodist Committee on Relief to reach out to the people of Moore, Okla. Alabama knows what it feels like to be... Read More

Oklahoma Tornado: UM Conferences respond

United Methodist Annual (regional) Conference disaster relief coordinators are meeting and planning to send money and deploy mission teams as soon as they get the word from the United Methodist... Read More

Oklahoma Tornado: Seeing God’s presence in tragedy

The May 20 tornado that struck Oklahoma comes only a month after a week full of tragedy: The Boston bombings, the explosion in West, Texas, a church fire in Athens, Ga. Read More

Oklahoma Tornado: Cleaning buckets always appreciated

“Our material resource ministry is extremely important for two reasons,” said the Rev. Tom Hazelwood, who heads UMCOR's disaster response in the United States, the Caribbean and Latin America. Read More

How to give in response to disaster

The United Methodist Church is uniquely situated to respond to disasters because of its churches in almost every county and community across the United States and the worldwide Methodist connection... Read More

Oklahoma Tornado: Volunteers urged to be patient

Concerned individuals who want to help in relief operations in Moore, Oklahoma, are urged to pray and not self-deploy to the affected area, in order to give first-responders time to... Read More

Members of the U.S. military salute the flag during the National Anthem before a Boston Red Sox game on April 15. UMNS photos by Neftali Ramirez.

United Methodist chaplain talks about being in Boston during the bombings

"While I pray it never happens again, I am thankful to know that there is room for effective ministry and care in the face of tragedy and pain and appreciate... Read More

Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar addresses a session of the 2008 United Methodist General Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

Praying for those affected by Boston explosions

Boston Area Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar calls for prayer in response to the explosions Monday, April 15, near the Boston Marathon finish line. Read More

Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina selected Pope

Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church selected Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina as the 266th pontiff of the 1.2 billion members of the global denomination. He is the first pontiff from... Read More

United Methodist churches in Missouri have partnered with those in Mozambique to distribute food, clothing and water to residents of Chibuto. UMNS photos courtesy of Sarah E. Bollinger.

U.S. conferences help Mozambique as 200,000 affected by flooding that continues to destroy

“In Mozambique rains are still devastating families, communities and the whole society. In the North of Mozambique, the reports we are receiving from the DS are not encouraging. The rains... Read More

A fire Feb. 15 in the Sierra Leone Annual (regional) Conference office  killed a power authority worker and damaged the office . UMNS photos by Phileas Jusu.

Fire leaves Sierra Leone conference without office

The Sierra Leone Annual (regional) Conference sustained an estimated $40,000 in damage to its conference office in a fire Feb. 15 that caused the death of a Sierra Leone National Power Authority... Read More

Alabama church focuses on care for members after pastor held in shooting of family

Congregational care is the main focus for United Methodists in Gardendale, Ala., after a Jan. 10 shooting that left the pastor’s wife dead, his daughter injured, and the pastor himself... Read More

Tribute to Sen. Daniel K. Inouye

Sen. Daniel K. Inouye was an ‘angel’ to United Methodist community center, says its executive director. Read More

Sen. Richard Lugar (right) and University of Indianapolis president Robert Manuel announce the launch of the school’s Richard G. Lugar Academy. UMNS photo courtesy of the University of Indianapolis.

University of Indianapolis and senator announce new Lugar Academy

U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar will rejoin the faculty of the University of Indianapolis in January and help the school launch a high-level Washington, D.C., internship and study program... Read More

The Rev. Erik Alsgaard inside St. Ignace United Methodist Church in St. Ignace, Michigan. A UMNS photo by Kathleen Barry.

Voting for myself

After the suicide of a neighbor, the Rev. Erik Alsgaard wanted to bring more attention to the problem of bullying. He ended up running for office. Read More

Help as Northeast braces for another storm

United Methodists from the Western Pennsylvania Annual (regional) Conference assembled and shipped more than 1,800 cleaning buckets to assist their neighbors mopping up after Hurricane Sandy. Read More

How people are helping in the wake of Sandy

Southeastern Connecticut Project Homeless Connect was welcomed to a new home on Friday, and Gales Ferry United Methodist Church volunteers were pleased to be helping the less fortunate. Read More

The Rev. Amy Valdez Barker speaks at the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

New Connectional Table leader named

The Rev. Amy Valdez Barker has named executive secretary of the Connectional Table, providing administrative leadership for the body that coordinates the mission, ministry and resources of The United Methodist... Read More

Nov. 2: United Methodists roll up sleeves to help those enduring the impact of Sandy

United Methodist News Service will continue to update information on recovery efforts as the information becomes available. From providing shelters and soup kitchens to ferrying truckloads of requested items, United... Read More

Oct. 31: New York area churches to be open Sunday for worship; John Street safe; New England reports

“I am sure that these last few days have brought moments of anxiety, concern, pain, and sorrow as you have watched ‘post-tropical’ superstorm Sandy make its way through many parts... Read More

Tuesday, Oct. 30: United Methodists report on storm damage

The United Methodist Committee on Relief has made contact with disaster response coordinators in the denomination’s New York and Greater New Jersey annual (regional) conferences, but little information is... Read More

A response to A.W. Martin’s open letter to liberal or progressive friends

On October 1st, the United Methodist News Service published a blog post entitled An Open Letter to Liberal or Progressive Friends by A. W. Martin. Read More

A response to the Black Methodists for Church Renewal statement

As a church, we are wrestling with the difficult issues around how God is calling us to engage in ministry with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered persons. Black Methodists for... Read More

Wesley Foundation students helped clean the campus of Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge. Photo courtesy of Sarah Backstrom.

United Methodists extend shelter and hope to homeless during Isaac as they cope with floodwaters

As first responders continued rescue efforts in Louisiana and Mississippi, United Methodists worked to provide comfort and shelter whenever possible. Read More

A resident of a low-lying area of Port-au-Prince flees his flooded home taking whatever possessions with him. UN Photo/Logan Abassi

Isaac leaves Haiti damage behind and moves toward Gulf Coast states

UPDATE: The Volunteers in Mission team in Haiti reported Friday night that the shifting winds and rain had disrupted internet service but that all was well otherwise. They said they... Read More