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Committee members vote on proposed legislation during the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Florida. In 2016, delegates will be able to use machines to vote in legislative committees.

Change coming to General Conference voting

At the urging of the Commission on the Status and Role of Women, delegates will use voting machines in legislative committees. Read More

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A worker salvages bricks with a machete on the grounds of The United Methodist Church's Tunda Hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Reflections of life as a child of missionaries in the Belgian Congo

The Rev. Bill Lovell remembers Tunda in the 1940s and of his love of the Otetela people. Read More

The United Methodist Church at the Tunda Mission Station stands at the end of a tree-lined street in Tunda, Democratic Republic of Congo.

United Methodism flourishes in Tunda

The first missionaries to East Congo arrived in 1922. Today the Tunda District has 72 pastors and 68 churches. Read More

The Public Religion Research Institute has been tracking American religious and political identity. Its annual American Values Survey has results for all 50 states and the 30 largest metropolitan areas. Graph courtesy of PRRI

Charting U.S. religious change in an election season

Annual American Values Survey by Public Religion Research Institute shows impact of religious and cultural changes on U.S. politics. Read More

Charles Murithi, a reserve delegate from Nebraska, shops at the Cokesbury booth during the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla. The Discovery Institute, a policy think tank, sought a display at the 2016 General Conference and has protested the denial of its request. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Denial of GC2016 booth sparks protest

The Discovery Institute says United Methodists are censoring it by not allowing it a display. General Conference planners say the group is not in line with church teachings. Read More

Committee members vote on proposed legislation during the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Florida. In 2016, delegates will be able to use machines to vote in legislative committees. Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS

Change coming to General Conference voting

At the urging of the Commission on the Status and Role of Women, delegates will use voting machines in legislative committees. Read More

The Rev. Omar Rikabi, pastor of First United Methodist Church in Heath, Texas, greets a parishioner after worship on Jan. 17. UMNS photo by Sam Hodges

Pastor’s ‘My Muslim Problem’ post draws many readers

The Rev. Omar Rikabi uses his blog and interfaith family story to counsel Christians in working through fears. Read More

The Chenogaose Day Care Relief Centre in Harare, Zimbabwe allows parents with children with disabilities to leave them in a safe environment during the day. Photo by Priscilla Muzenrengwa, UMNS

Seminar sparks day care for disabled kids in Zimbabwe

Church and Society training offered inspiration for woman who wanted to help children, parents. Read More

Mark Doyal shares his gratitude after being named 2016 Communicator of the Year by the United Methodist Association of Communicators. Photo by Matt Brodie

Awards honor United Methodist communicators

Mark Doyal of Michigan named Communicator of the Year. The Rev. Joan La Barr of North Texas inducted into Hall of Fame. Read More

United Methodist Bishop Christian Alsted addresses the pre-General Conference briefing in Portland, Ore.

Will Christian conferencing imbue General Conference?

A commitment to listen, discern and grow is necessary, even when conversations get tense, bishop said. Read More

Josephine Deere (left) and the Rev. David Wilson (right) of the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference pray for the Rev. Tom Albin during a panel about praying for General Conference at the pre-General Conference briefing in Portland, Ore. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Briefing previews 2016 General Conference debates

United Methodists heard about legislation regarding ordination, denominational restructuring, church investments and teachings on homosexuality. Read More