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Sara Dominguez works in child care at Dallas Bethlehem Center, including supervising this exuberant 20-month-old. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS

Dallas center experiences a resurrection

Closed in 2011, UMW mission institution reopens with diverse support from churches, community.   Read More

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Sara Dominguez works in child care at Dallas Bethlehem Center, including supervising this exuberant 20-month-old. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS

Dallas center experiences a resurrection

Closed in 2011, UMW mission institution reopens with diverse support from churches, community. Read More

Why did Jesus have to die?

As every Christian knows, Jesus freely died for our sins. But was there a less brutal way for God and humanity to be reconciled? Read More

The Men's Association of the United Methodist Church, Harare West District, sings during the 2013 Palm Sunday service in the Kwang Lim Chapel at Africa University. A UMNS photo by Kathleen Barry.; Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

Cultural traditions enhance Easter

United Methodists around the world celebrate Christ’s Resurrection in diverse ways. Read More

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United Methodists prepare for annual conferences

Legislative meetings for regional conferences in 2014 also include worship, ordination and even bike rides. Read More

Will Corporon, left, and Mindy Corporon, talk to reporters at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection after their father Dr. William Corporon, 69, and nephew and son, Reat Underwood, 14, were killed April 13. A third woman was killed by the same gunman.  Photo courtesy of United Methodist Church of the Resurrection

Mother’s faith offers comfort after Kansas City shootings

April 15, 2014

A member of United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, Mindy Corporon is sharing her faith after the slaying of her son and father. Read More

United Methodist Bishop Lloyd Knox dies at 85

A native of Florida, Knox devoted years of service to the church as missionary, episcopal leader. Read More

United Methodists killed in shooting spree at Jewish centers

Two members of the Church of Resurrection were among the three killed in what authorities are calling a hate crime. Read More

Gil Hanke speaks about scouting ministries during the 2012 General Conference in Tampa, Fla., in this April 2012 file photo. Hanke is top staff executive of United Methodist Men. Hanke, who chairs the General Secretaries Table, said he is excited about renewed cooperation among the denomination’s top agency staff leaders. A UMNS file photo by Mike DuBose.

Updated April 11: Scouting group loses United Methodist affiliation

At heart, the dispute is about the role of affiliate with a general church agency. Read More

The Rev. Esdra Seda introduces Pilar Molina, whose husband has been detained since January 2014, during a prayer vigil at Haws Avenue United Methodist Church, Norristown, Penn.  Photo by John Coleman.

United Methodist message: ‘Suspend deportations’

During April 5-6 weekend of action, church members pray for immigrant families torn apart and call on President to act. Read More

Phil Wingeier-Rayo, professor of religion at Pfeiffer University, reads the Bible to children in a vacation Bible school class during a Pfeiffer University mission trip to Brazil in June 2013. Photo by Diana Wingeier-Rayo.

Mission is in Pfeiffer’s DNA

“Engaged learning” prepares university students to serve worldwide. Now seven grads are young adult United Methodist missionaries. Read More

Scoutmaster Geoffrey McGrath walks with Davonn Abaga and Denzel Abaga, two members of the Cub Scout pack, during an outing to Mount Rainier National Park. Photo by Nguyen Truong, Cubmaster.

Church stands with gay scout leader

April 8, 2014

Rainier Beach United Methodist Church will continue to support Scoutmaster banned by the National Council of Boy Scouts of America because he is gay. Read More

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Black caucus commits to increase advocacy

Mass incarceration, violence, voter rights and immigration reform are among issues raised for the group to address. Read More

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Updated April 7: Church agency sues over UMCmarket

Company is now squatting on website, suit says. In the meantime, General Council on Finance and Administration has launched UMCmarket.net Read More

The Rev. Thomas Lambrecht arrives on June 21, 2011, for the start of the Rev. Amy DeLong's church trial at Peace United Methodist Church in Kaukauna, Wis. Lambrecht is now the vice president and general manager of Good News, an unofficial United Methodist renewal group. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Church situation on gay unions ‘untenable,’ group says

Good News says it 'may not be wise to pretend any longer that we are one' church. Others says schism avoidable. Read More

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What can ethnic caucuses teach the church?

At a historic meeting, people of color shared their ideas for improving ministry and reaching “the least, the last and the lost.” Read More

Amy Laura Hall of Duke Divinity, and Dr. Sameera Ahmad, a physician from near Asheville, N.C., participate in a panel discussion with a Muslim physician on the issues of women and health care at the sixth annual Peace Conference held March 27-30 at Lake Junaluska. Photo by Michael Rich.

Interfaith gathering has United Methodist flair

April 1, 2014

Rabbis sang in Hebrew, a Muslim prayed in Arabic and United Methodists were involved at every turn during an international gathering of people from across the faith spectrum. Read More

United Methodist Bishop Sally Dyck, Chicago, joins other faith leaders in a March 27, 2014 rally and protest calling upon President Obama to stop deportations of undocumented people. Photo by Michael Vollmer, UMNS.

United Methodist presence strong in Chicago rally

Bishop Sally Dyck became the third United Methodist bishop to be arrested in an international campaign calling for President Obama to stop deporting undocumented immigrants. Read More

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United Methodists ready to assist after Washington mudslide

Pacific Northwest Conference hopes to help with early response teams and long-term recovery after March 22 disaster kills several and others remain missing. Read More

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Supervisory response under way for Dallas pastor

North Texas bishop confirms action after retired pastor performs same-sex union, a violation of the Book of Discipline Read More

Google Doodle honors Dorothy Height

Google honors United Methodist Dorothy Height

Search engine's March 24 doodle celebrated the late "godmother of civil rights" on her 102nd birthday. Read about her contributions to the U.S. and church. Read More

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Dallas pastor faces complaint for same-sex service

Complaint refers to March 1 same-sex ceremony where the Rev. William McElvaney officiated. Read More

A collection plate. A UMCom photo by Kathryn Price.; UMCom illustration by Kathryn Price

How to protect your church from theft

Insurance and other measures can help churches reduce their risk from financial shenanigans. Read More

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Women pastors growing in numbers

But study finds “lack of support from the hierarchical system” top reason women leave pulpits for extension ministry. Read 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

Munashe Furusa, Africa University

New top exec named for Africa University

Munashe Furusa, a Zimbabwean and dean from California State University, Dominguez Hills, was elected as the new vice chancellor of United Methodist-related Africa University. Read More

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Chicago Area bishop to join immigration rally

Families separated by deportation “need to know… leadership of The United Methodist Church cares,” says Bishop Sally Dyck. Read More

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Panel to hear Frank Schaefer’s appeal

Northeastern Jurisdiction Committee on Appeals can sustain the findings, reverse the penalty in whole or in part or remand the case to a new trial. Read More

Jonas T. Kennedy

Longtime Africa U. supporter Kennedy dies

First gift to university came from Jonas Kennedy and his wife; buildings and scholarships named for generous benefactor. Read More

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Bishop Morgan, ‘leader of leaders,’ dies

As an active bishop, he led the mergers of conferences in Mississippi and later Kentucky. He also mentored future bishops. Read More

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Updated March 14: Same-sex union complaints filed against bishop

Wedding of two men in Birmingham, Ala., last year prompted action, which is now before Western Jurisdiction. Read More

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Sierra Leone launches new United Methodist University

Bishop Yambasu emphasizes need for United Methodists to come together to advance the quality of education through $4.5 million project. Read More

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Updated March 12: Hope and dismay at resolution of same-sex wedding case

Decision by New York Conference to take a different path to resolution of Ogletree same-sex wedding complaint finds reactions mixed. Read More

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New York Conference court resolves Ogletree case

New York Area Bishop McLee asks that trials of pastors who perform same-sex weddings stop as action against retired seminary dean ends. Read More

File photo by Kathy L. Gilbert, UMNS

5 ways to reclaim Wesleyan evangelism

Expert says truly sharing and living out the good news means developing relationships. “Are we friendly, or are we in the practice of making friends?” Read More

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Hillary Clinton to speak at UMW Assembly

The former U.S. Secretary of State, a lifelong United Methodist, and the church’s official women’s organization share a concern for women and children. Read More

An open bible. A UMCom photo by Kathryn Price.; A UMCom illustration by Kathryn Price

Commentary: Would a bigger Bible be better?

March 5, 2014

The Rev. A.W. "Bill" Martin argues that the Articles of Religion should be changed to allow greater recognition of the Jewish Apocrypha. Read More

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Leaders of 2 agencies decry laws targeting gays

Tough new laws against homosexuality in Uganda and other countries will lead to "marginalization, harassment, and exploitation in our global civil society," some United Methodist leaders are saying.  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

Dallas pastor conducts same-sex service

The Rev. William McElvaney, a retired pastor and seminary president, followed through Saturday, March 1, on his earlier promise to defy United Methodist Church law by presiding at a same-sex union. ... Read More

Photo illustration of collection plate by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Giving keeps pace with denomination’s budget

Many United Methodist conference treasurers have reason to sleep easier now than during the dark days of the 2009 recession. Read More

United Methodist faith leaders, other faith groups, labor leaders and immigrants during prayer vigil at the White House in support of progress on immigration reform. Washington, D.C., on Feb. 17. Photo by Jay Mallin, UMNS.

Devastation of deportations must end, bishops declare in letter to President

Members of the United Methodist Immigration Task Force sent a letter to President Obama Feb. 25 stating the policy of mass deportations is “morally reprehensible and must end.”The letter follows... Read More