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The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in Washington was dedicated by President Obama on Oct. 16, 2011. Photo by Maile Bradfield, UMNS.

United Methodists share MLK’s dream

1965 was an important year for civil rights in the U.S. As we mark this 50th anniversary, hear leaders talk about walking alongside Martin Luther King Jr. View

Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma commended the Koinadugu district Ebola Response Center for the efficient management of the outbreak since the disease was first reported in the country. The district has recorded no cases in more than a week.  Photo courtesy of Sierra Leone State House Communications Unit

2015 ushers in renewed hope with dip in Ebola cases

Drop in new Ebola cases brings hope for an end to the deadly epidemic in Sierra Leone, as the Christmas lockdown is extended. Read More

Richard Wiah, president of the College of West Africa stands outside the Methodist high school in Monrovia. Liberia’s president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, is calling for schools to reopen in February

Closed for Ebola, Liberian schools to reopen in February

In a positive sign that Ebola cases are decreasing, Liberian students are headed back to classrooms that were closed for six months. Read More

Dr. Gary Fish (right) and assistant Carrie Tarter see a young patient in Highland Park United Methodist Church’s eye clinic in Petit-Goâve, Haiti. One of the clinic’s buildings was destroyed by the earthquake that rocked Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010, and the church built back, dedicating the new structure on Jan. 12, 2014. File photo courtesy of Highland Park United Methodist Church

Volunteers still answering the call in Haiti

Highland Park United Methodist, which lost a volunteer in the 2010 earthquake, is among those returning to serve. Read 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

The Connectional Table held a  panel on human sexuality on Feb. 10, 2015 in Maputo, Mozambique. From left are Nordic and Baltic Bishop Christian Alsted, the Rev. Israel Alvaran of the Philippines and the Rev. Nday Bondo, a lecturer at Africa University. Photo by Andrew Jensen, United Methodist Communications.

Topic: Human Sexuality

Learn more about the official position of the church, read personal opinions and view other resources and headlines on the subject of sexuality. More

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

Game Changers Summit 2014 News Coverage

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

Freedom Summer changed history, shaped lives

Read reflections written by people who were in Mississippi that summer or elsewhere in the world watching and praying. More

Frank Schaefer speaks to media Friday, June 20, after a hearing. Photo by Melissa Lauber, Baltimore-Washington Conference, for UMNS

Coverage Summary: Frank Schaefer Case

The United Methodist pastor was reinstated after being defrocked for officiating at his son's same-gender nuptials. Read 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

Matilda Ndanema displays the insecticide-treated mosquito net she received from the United Methodist Church's Imagine No Malaria campaign in 2010 at her home in Bumpe, near Bo, Sierra Leone. The insecticide in nearing the end of its useful life and several villages in the Bo district will receive new nets from the campaign in the first planned redistribution to replace the nets given in 2010. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.; Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

The Church Casts a Wide Net in Sierra Leone

The Imagine No Malaria campaign distributed nearly 400,000 life-saving insecticide-treated bed nets in the Bo District of Sierra Leone. Follow coverage. More

A Dec. 22, 2012, fire destroyed the sanctuary, office area and part of the fellowship hall of Gideon Grove United Methodist Church, Stokesdale, N.C. Photo by the Rev. Nancy Rankin.

Church fires: Damage, recovery, prevention

During 2012 and early 2013, fire destroyed or damaged more than a dozen United Methodist church properties across the United States. Read More

Athanasius Mphuru, is recognized as a

2013: Year-end highlights

See the important events in the life of The United Methodist Church last year. Read More

A 2000 photo of Nelson Mandela.

Nelson Mandela and Methodism

Read how the anti-apartheid champion was mentored by Methodist preachers and educators. Read More

Typhoon Haiyan laid waste to vast areas near Tanauan, Philippines. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

Philippines Typhoon: The Church Responds

After the devastation of Haiyan, the church is responding with relief and support. Read the latest news, find resources, donate. More

The Church in China

Five-part UMNS series focuses on the growth and growing pains of Christianity in recent decades. Visit Site

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

Man on bench. A photo illustration by Kathryn Price.

Faith and Mental Health

Personal stories, useful links and printable materials to help raise awareness and provide support for those dealing with mental health issues. Read More

Members of the congregation pray during worship at Jourdain United Methodist Church in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire.

United Methodist Women Making History

March is Women's History Month. United Methodist News Service invited a number of women, lay and clergy, to talk about leadership. Read More

Remembrance heart for some of the children who died on December 14, 2012 at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Photo by Arthur McClanahan.

Responding to Violence

United Methodists respond to tragedy by offering prayers and support. Find resources for helping people cope with violent events, read news coverage and learn how individuals make a positive difference. Read More

United Methodist volunteer Ron Hilton installs drywall at a home that was flooded by Hurricane Sandy in the Sheepshead Bay area of Brooklyn in New York. Hilton is part of a volunteer team from Asheville, N.C.

Hurricane Sandy: The Church Responds

See church response after the devastating storm in October, 2012. Read More

Will Penner leads a gospel song during worship at Cedar Crest Camp in Lyles, Tenn. Photo by Ronny Perry, UMNS.

Church camps combine faith and fun

The United Methodist Church offers one of the largest camp and retreat networks, with 220 centers serving a million people a year. Read More

Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

Japan was hit by one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded on March 11, 2011. Read More