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The Rev. Alex da Silva Souto of the United Methodist Queer Clergy Caucus leads a prayer prior to an oral hearing before the denomination's top court, meeting in Newark, N.J., questioning whether a gay pastor can serve as a bishop in The United Methodist Church. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Spectators pray, sing at Judicial Council

About 200 people prayed, sang and celebrated Holy Communion before and after a Judicial Council hearing on whether a gay bishop can be elected and consecrated in The United Methodist Church. Read More

Bishop Karen Oliveto (left) meets Dixie Brewster (right) for the first time prior to the opening of oral arguments before the United Methodist Judicial Council meeting in Newark, N.J. Brewster is petitioner questioning whether a gay pastor can serve as a bishop in The United Methodist Church. At rear is the Rev. Keith Boyette, representing Brewster before the council. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Court hears arguments over gay bishop

An elected representative of one U.S. regional body asks whether the episcopal election in another region violates United Methodist Church law. Read More

United Methodist Bishop John K. Yambasu, surrounded by his cabinet, reads from his episcopal speech March 8-12 in Makeni, Sierra Leone. In his speech, Yambasu delivered a “wake-up call” to the Sierra Leone Annual Conference about the possibility of a global church split in 2020. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

Sierra Leone bishop: Overseas support at risk

Sierra Leone’s United Methodist bishop warns the church needs to reduce its reliance on overseas funds in case the denomination splits over homosexuality. Read More

Myers Park United Methodist in Charlotte, N.C., is a large church where members are divided on what the denomination's position on homosexuality should be. The Rev. James Howell, pastor, says the church's ability to stay unified and be effective in mission work despite differences would be at risk if The United Methodist Church splits into traditionalist and progressive groups. Photo courtesy Myers Park United Methodist Church.

Schism threat has some churches caught in middle

Pastors of United Methodist congregations with diverse views on homosexuality worry that a painful choice looms. Read More

Ophthalmologists Jessica Shantha (from left), Moges Teshome and Steven Yeh pose with Umaru Sesay, 12, from Moyamba Junction, Sierra Leone. Sesay, who had cataracts as a result of contracting Ebola, had a successful operation that allowed him return to school. A partnership between Emory University and the Christian Blind Mission provides free cataract surgery to Ebola survivors at the Ruth and Lowell Gess Eye Hospital in eastern Freetown. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

Free surgery for Ebola survivors

A partnership between United Methodist-related Emory University and others is improving the eyesight of Ebola survivors in Sierra Leone. Read More

The published and unpublished verse of Charles Wesley teach us a great deal about our relationship with God. Image by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications.

Musical devotions: Hearing familiar hymns with new ears

You can do more with a hymn than just sing it. The words written by Charles Wesley are meant to instruct and inspire us. More

Laura Gage (center) hugs Joe Royer while helping sort through the wreckage of his home in Joplin, Mo.,following the deadly tornado. At left is Kevin Kaufhardt. A UMNS photo  by Mike DuBose.; A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose

Churches Dealing with Disaster

When disaster hits a community, pastors and congregations need to be prepared. Find news and resources for facing tough times. More

Maps courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, labeling of United Methodist hospitals and clinic by United Methodist Committee on Relief.

The Church Responds to Ebola

United Methodists continue to combat the deadly outbreak across West Africa. Find latest updates and ways you can help. More

Image of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. Photo by Clayton Childers, United Methodist Board of Church and Society.

Human Sexuality

Learn more about the official position of the church, read opinions by church leaders and members, find resources and recent news stories. More

Game Changers Summit Dreamers and doers gather to harness the power of communications technology, September 3-5, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn.

Technology for Social Good

United Methodists from around the connection are discussing the life-saving power of technology. Learn how you can get involved. More

East Congo: The long journey to peace

The United Methodist Church has thousands of faithful disciples in its newest episcopal area. Pastors and laity are bringing the Good News under challenging circumstances. Read More

Three crosses stand above the cemetery at Israel United Methodist Church near Montrose, W.Va. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Trending Local: The Growing Role of Local Pastors

Local pastors — non-ordained, and in most cases without a seminary degree — are growing in number and taking on more roles in The United Methodist Church. Read More

Haylie Wollitz (right) from First United Methodist Church in Santa Monica, Calif., helps repair flood damage from Hurricane Katrina at the home of Betty Johnson in New Orleans. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Special Coverage: Hurricane Katrina

In the years since Katrina hit New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, hundreds of thousands of United Methodists have put money, hearts and hands into the work of recovery. More

Residents of Port-au-Prince line up outside the devastated National Palace. A 2010 file photo by Mike DuBose.

Special Coverage: Haiti

The United Methodist Church was among those who rushed to respond to the Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake that struck Haiti. Special series, "Keeping the Faith," takes a look Haiti's journey to recovery. More