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Rufine Yéi Sess Bottis (left) and her daughter Fidelia, 15,  live in Sipilou, Côte d'Ivoire. They prepared lunch and sang for guests visiting from U.S., Geneva and Abidjan.

Glorious worship in Côte d’Ivoire

Every little thing about worship is glorious and celebrated in United Methodist churches in Côte d’Ivoire. Read More

Bishop Thomas Bickerton and the Rev. Gary Henderson (right) present Dr. Mark Dybul, executive director of the Global Fund, with a gift for $9.6 million, a donation from Imagine No Malaria, an initiative of the people of The United Methodist Church to eliminate malaria deaths. Photo by Jay Mallin, UMNS

United Methodist Church contributes $9.6 million to Global Fund

The denomination’s Imagine No Malaria donation is the largest ever made to the Global Fund by a faith-based organization. Read More

(From left) Bishops Thomas Bickerton, Peggy Johnson and Jeremiah Park.

Pennsylvania bishops support Non-Discrimination Act

United Methodist bishops Peggy Johnson, Jeremiah Park and Thomas J. Bickerton are asking lawmakers for protection against discrimination to all people, including gay and transgender people. Read More

Students at the Albert Academy wash hands outside before they are allowed into their classroom. The students take hand washing seriously.

Students trickling back after Sierra Leone Ebola scare

United Methodist Bishop John K. Yambasu warned people to remain vigilant about Ebola as students return to school. Read More

A smart phone displays the logo “Therefore Go” used for the United Methodist General Conference 2016. The headphones and app could provide a “hearing hotspot” for translation into different languages.  Photo by Greg Nelson

Technology will bridge languages at 2016 General Conference

“Bring Your Own Device” technology will provide translations at 2016 General Conference. Read More

Dozens of demonstrators demanding a more inclusive church took over the floor of a May 3 session of the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Florida. They held communion around the center table and sang songs, causing the presiding bishop to suspend the morning session. Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS

How should General Conference discuss sexuality?

The Commission on General Conference meets behind closed doors with advocacy groups to discuss alternatives for handling contentious debate on sexuality. Read More

Morning fog rises in the mountains behind a decommissioned coal washing plant near Beverly, Ky.

United Methodists help bring healing water to Kentucky

Water kiosk at Red Bird Mission will offer clean water to 6,000 residents in remote Appalachia. Read More

Picketers who wanted to lift a bar that prevents divorced clergy from being nominated for bishop in the Liberia Conference disrupted the April 16 session of the conference. Photo by Julu Swen

Divorced clergy barred from nomination as bishop in Liberia

Picketing over a provision to bar divorced clergy from nomination for United Methodist bishop in Liberia halted one session of the Liberia Conference. Read More

The Rev. Cedric D. Bridgeforth stressed the need for Black Methodists for Church Renewal to  form partnerships with other groups in The United Methodist Church to fight racism in the church and the nation. He spoke at the annual meeting of the caucus. Photo by Maidstone Mulenga

BMCR told `it takes two’ to challenge racism and improve communities

Members of Black Methodists for Church Renewal gather in Orlando for group’s 48th annual meeting. Read More

Members of the United Methodist Judicial Council pose for a group photograph during their Oct. 22, 2014 meeting in Memphis, Tenn. The men, from left, are: Ruben T. Reyes, the Rev. Dennis Blackwell, the Rev. Belton Joyner, N. Oswald Tweh Sr. and the Rev. William B. Lawrence. The women, from left, are: Sandra Lutz, the Rev. Kathi Austin Mahle and Beth Capen. Not pictured is the Rev. J. Kabamba Kiboko. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Top court: Deleting investigative group ‘unconstitutional’

United Methodist Judicial Council decisions from spring meeting also include full restoration of African bishop’s salary. Read More