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Bishop Ciriaco Q. Francisco, accompanied by his wife, Restetita Victoria, spoke Dec. 2 to delegates at the Philippines Central Conference after his re-election as a bishop in The United Methodist Church.

Francisco re-elected bishop in Philippines

Francisco is a member of the Council of Bishops executive committee and chairs the Standing Committee on Central Conference Matters. Read More

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Photo by Gladys Mangiduyos, UMNS

Bishop Pedro M. Torio Jr. speaks to the Philippines Central Conference after he was re-elected as a United Methodist bishop on Dec. 1. His wife, Joyce, holds their baby.

Torio re-elected bishop in the Philippines

Bishop Pedro M. Torio Jr. was re-elected bishop by the Philippines Central Conference on the sixth ballot. Read More

Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

The Rev. Tazvionepi Nyarota (right) ululates to express her appreciation of a decision by the Edmonton Presbytery, a governing body in the United Church of Canada, to support the Zimbabwe United Methodist Church in Canada as a mission of the United Church. The meeting was held at McDougall United Church in Edmonton, Alberta.

Church helps Zimbabweans keep home in Canada

Migrant churches face financial struggles, but a new partnership and missionary approval are hopeful signs. Read More

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Bishop Ciriaco Q. Francisco, accompanied by his wife, Restetita Victoria, spoke Dec. 2 to delegates at the Philippines Central Conference after his re-election as a bishop in The United Methodist Church. Photo by Gladys Mangiduyos, UMNS

Francisco re-elected bishop in Philippines

Francisco is a member of the Council of Bishops executive committee and chairs the Standing Committee on Central Conference Matters. Read More

A 1,200-voice choir was a highlight of Revive 2 at the Ultra-Philippines Sports Complex in Pasig City on Nov. 26, an event which drew 10,000 United Methodists.

Revive 2 in Philippines draws 10,000

This was the second revival event held to highlight the legacy and contributions of The United Methodist Church. Read More

During his 25-year tenure as head of the World Methodist Council, the Rev. Joseph Rice Hale strengthened the bonds of the worldwide Wesleyan family, led dialogues with other Christians and formed a relationship with Pope John Paul II and bestowed awards on those pursuing peace. Hale died Nov. 14 in North Carolina at the age of 81. Photo by Jon Serenius, courtesy of Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Joe Hale: Worldwide ministry, sprinkled with magic

Committed to God, peace and the worldwide Wesleyan family, the Rev. Joseph Rice Hale left a legacy for the church. Read More

Bishop Pedro M. Torio Jr. speaks to the Philippines Central Conference after he was re-elected as a United Methodist bishop on Dec. 1. His wife, Joyce, holds their baby. Photo by Gladys Mangiduyos, UMNS

Torio re-elected bishop in the Philippines

Bishop Pedro M. Torio Jr. was re-elected bishop by the Philippines Central Conference on the sixth ballot. Read More

The Rev. Anna Guillozet highlights the ministry of the United Methodist Commission on the Status and Role of Women during the denomination's 2012 General Conference in Tampa, Fla. At right is the Rev. Betty Kiboko. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Status and Role of Women introduces new resources

The church’s agency for women’s advocacy lays out accomplishments in its 2016 Agency Report. Read More

The Rev. Tazvionepi Nyarota (right) ululates to express her appreciation of a decision by  the Edmonton Presbytery, a governing body in the United Church of Canada, to support the Zimbabwe United Methodist Church in Canada as a mission of the United Church. The meeting was held at McDougall United Church in Edmonton, Alberta. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Church helps Zimbabweans keep home in Canada

Migrant churches face financial struggles, but a new partnership and missionary approval are hopeful signs. Read More

A man is tested for HIV/AIDS at a forum held at Wesleyan University, Philippines, to promote awareness and help reduce stigma associated with the disease. AIDS affects as many as 37 million worldwide. Photo by Gladys P. Mangiduyos, UMNS.

Philippines United Methodists raise awareness on HIV/AIDS

More than 160 clergy and laity members attended the forum and members voluntarily rolled up their sleeves to be tested for HIV/AIDS. Read More

Rev. David Tokpah casts his ballot at the United Methodist Church Liberia nomination process for candidates for election for bishop. Photo by Julu Swen, United Methodist Communications.

Conference ban on divorced bishops could be tested

Liberians are firm in not wanting an episcopal leader who has had a failed marriage, but debate and election loom in West Africa Central Conference. Read More

The United Methodist Board of Global Ministries encourages giving to the denomination’s Advance designated-giving projects on #GivingTuesday. Logo courtesy of the General Board of Global Ministries

Support United Methodist programs on #GivingTuesday

Donations can be made through The Advance and other church agencies and ministries on Nov. 29 and beyond. Read More

Some 1,300 people, including members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, have used the campsite near Cannon Ball, N.D.,  as a base to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline, which tribal members say crosses sacred land and imperils their water supply.  Photo by Erin Hawkins, United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race.

Pension board: Talk to Standing Rock tribe

Wespath has urged the company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline to reach out to affected communities. Read More

A graph put together by the General Council on Finance and Administration shows steady declines in U.S. United Methodist membership and attendance. Image courtesy of GCFA

U.S. church sees numbers slide in 2015

The topline numbers do not tell the whole story of what’s happening in The United Methodist Church. Read More

Methodists in support of immigration reform march down Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard outside the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore.

In election’s aftermath, Hispanic groups challenge church

Statements seek more forceful denunciation of harassment of minorities, and stronger support of immigrants. Read More

Accept Makamba, 9, uses her hands to feel a toy tractor at Murewa Central Primary School in Zimbabwe. She is the only visually handicapped pupil in her class. Photo by Eveline Chikwanah, UMNS.

Visually impaired students thrive at African school

Murewa Central Primary School does not discriminate against children without sight, helping them to advance to further schooling. Read More

The Rev. Pamela James (center) listens along with other United Methodist clergy and laity during the Faith and Guns Forum put on in Washington by the United Methodist Board of Church and Society. Photo courtesy Church and Society.

Forum gives chapter and verse on gun violence

United Methodist Board of Church Society holds advocacy-focused Faith and Guns Forum on Capitol Hill. Read More

President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump met recently at the White House. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza.

Church leaders call for unity, action post-election

United Methodist leaders urge Christians to come together for the good of the country, hold leaders accountable and stand up to hate. Read More

Courtesy photo: The Rev. Christopher P. Momany

Commentary: Taking our theology seriously

In an age of division, it’s important to remember that Wesley’s movement embodied a diversity of identities united by a God who died for all. Read More

A close-up from a depiction of John Wesley preaching at City Road Chapel in London hangs inside The Old Rectory in Epworth. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

What counts as Wesleyan orthodoxy?

Christians long have debated the essentials of their faith, and that was no different in John Wesley’s day. Read More

One Hispanic/Latino youth attending Pilgrimage 2016, a youth event in the North Carolina Conference, had a clothespin placed on him by an unknown person, with the words “I Love Trump” on one side and “Build a Wall” on the other. Photo courtesy of Stacy Guinto-Salinas.

‘Hostile actions’ mar youth event

North Carolina Conference tries to move forward in a unifying way after intimidation, politics mar youth event. Read More

Dr. Francis Karteh, a United Methodist and Liberia’s chief medical officer, volunteered to take the Ebola vaccine six months ago. He is healthy and showing no signs of complications.

Ebola vaccines declared safe in Liberia

Former United Methodist hospital administrator and trial participant confirmed that vaccines are safe and ready for use. Read More

Participants at a United Methodist workshop on domestic violence hold a candlelight vigil in memory of victims and survivors. Photo by Eveline Chikwanah

Church holds domestic violence workshops in Zimbabwe

Clergy and church leaders learned about gender-based violence and how they can be involved in the fight against domestic violence. Read More