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People hold hands and pray during a vigil near the site where Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, Mo.

Church leaders strive to be peacemakers in Ferguson

United Methodists respond in the wake of a police shooting of an unarmed teenager. Read More

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A store in Monrovia, Liberia, was closed after a nationwide curfew and other restrictions were imposed  to stop the spread of Ebola. Violent protests broke out after two Monrovia neighborhoods were quarantined and people were not allowed to leave. In the rest of the city, some stores and banks were closed because of confusion about restrictions imposed by the government.

Ebola quarantine sparks violent protests

Violence protests follow the lockdown and curfew aimed at stopping spread of Ebola in Liberia. Read More

Photo courtesy of the United Nations.

Marching for climate change action

As world leaders arrive for U.N. summit, United Methodists invited to join Sept. 21 march in New York. Read More

1779 John Wesley letter

Scholar takes his turn with John Wesley’s letters

Perkins’ Ted Campbell says editing task offered “tremendous learning curve.” Read More

Vigil near where Michael Brown was killed. Photo by the Rev. Matt Miofsky.

Church leaders strive to be peacemakers in Ferguson

United Methodists respond in the wake of a police shooting of an unarmed teenager. Read More

Digba Massaquoi waits with her 5-year-old son, Lahai, who is ill, at the health clinic in Benduma, outside Bo, Sierra Leone. Beside her on the bench are insecticide-treated mosquito nets provided by the United Methodist Church's Imagine No Malaria initiative as part of an integrated health campaign during Sierra Leone's national Maternal and Child Health Week. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Fighting malaria means fighting Ebola

Support for Imagine No Malaria has strengthened hospitals and health systems, helping them respond during Ebola crisis. Read More

Ukrainian United Methodists feel strain of war

Members of two United Methodist churches in Eastern Ukraine continue to feel the impact of fighting between rebels and Ukrainian military forces. Read More

The Rev. George McClain, executive director emeritus, Methodist Federation for Social Action Adjunct Faculty: New York Theological Seminary, The College of New Jersey.

‘In Mississippi I learned what church is’

The Rev. George D. McClain remembers the 1964 Freedom Summer as beginning of his theological education. Read More

Ilda Massuanganhe Guambe, a graduate of United Methodist-related Africa University, spoke before the 2014 U.S. Africa Summit in Washington.

AU grad addresses U.S. Africa Summit

Ilda Massuanganhe Guambe, a 2011 graduate of United Methodist-related Africa University, has a passion to promote education for girls. Read More

Commentary: Robin Williams’ death once could have been mine

The constant threat of depression haunts my days, writes Cynthia Astle. She shares how the church has helped her. Read More

Ebola banner in Sierra Leone. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS

Social support key to Ebola fight, leaders say

Training by Religious Leaders Task Force in Sierra Leone focuses on psychological aid to those traumatized by epidemic. Read More

United Methodists, including Beatrice Gbanga (seated at table), medical and health coordinator for the church's Sierra Leone Annual Conference, help spread the word about Ebola during the kickoff for the national Maternal and Child Health Week at the soccer stadium in Bo, Sierra Leone, in June.

Church uses communications to combat Ebola outbreak

The United Methodist Church is responding to the outbreak of deadly Ebola in West Africa with a communications strategy aimed at saving lives and reassuring people of God’s presence. Read More

The Rev. William McElvaney, seated, defied United Methodist Church law by presiding at the Saturday, March 1 wedding of George Harris and Jack Evans. The service was at Midway Hills Christian Church in Dallas. UMNS Photo by Sam Hodges

Pastor under complaint enters hospice care

The Rev. William McElvaney, 86, who performed same-sex wedding, tells Dallas congregation his liver cancer has spread. Read More

An educational poster about the dangers of the Ebola virus hangs in the community center at the Jaiama Bongor Chiefdom, outside Bo, Sierra Leone. The World Health Organization has declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa an international health emergency.

Church responds to international emergency of Ebola

“Fear has gripped the nation,” said the Rev. George Wilson, United Methodist communicator with the Liberia Conference. Read More

Friends from Christ Church, a United Methodist congregation in Fairfax Station, Va., help celebrate the sixth birthday of Rawof (center) whose father, Hameed, served as a translator for the U.S. military in his native Afghanistan.

Churches step up to help Afghan interpreters

Eight United Methodist churches have extended their military ministry to include people who at great risk helped coalition forces. Read More

Girls exercise in the physical education class at Al-Zaytoon School, located in the Jabalyia Refugee Camp in the war-torn Gaza Strip, in 2006. File Photo by Paul Jeffrey.

Gaza conflict adds urgency to conference

United Methodists meet in Ohio this week to strengthen relationships with Palestinian Christian partners. Read More

Project Transformation is an eight-week summer camp held in churches creating bonds between the interns and the children they serve. Challye Hays laughs with children as they play corn hole in the gym at Antioch United Methodist Church.

Summer camp changes interns as much as children

Project Transformation, a United Methodist program, improves literacy skills for at-risk children, revitalizes churches, and is nurturing future clergy. Read More

Angeline, 12, works in the computer lab at the Thomas Food Project in Thomas, Haiti. She says she wants to use the computer to write and do research.

Technology changes game for communities, churches

Some of the world’s foremost game changers will gather Sept. 3-5 to share information about communications technology and how it is making a difference in the world. Read More

Mbalu Fonnie, head nurse in the hemorrhagic fever ward, and nurse Veronica Karoma describe efforts to contain the Ebola virus as she stands outside the gates to the isolation ward at the government hospital in Kenema, Sierra Leone.

Nurses, doctors save lives but lose their own

A few on the frontlines of Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone already have made the ultimate sacrifice while helping others. Read More

Photo illustration by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Commentary: Bible not a book but a library

United Methodist pastor shares five benefits of reading Scripture as a collection of God-breathed books. Read More

Clay Jenkins, United Methodist and member of the Dallas County commission. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS

Border crisis had politician leading, tweeting

Clay Jenkins, a United Methodist, led Dallas County to offer taking in unaccompanied minors from Central America. Read More

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