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Bishop Rodolfo A. Juan (left) hands out crayons to children who fled with their families to escape fighting between government forces and Islamic State militants on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. The families are staying at an evacuation center in Bito-Buadi, Marawi City, where United Methodists are helping those displaced.

Assisting those fleeing siege in Philippines

United Methodists are reaching out to civilians caught in battle with Islamic State militants in Marawi City, Philippines. Read More

 
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Mercy Chikhosi (in black shirt) regularly visits with the women of Nkhafi village in Malawi. She has an easy rapport with members of the village. “I developed a strong bond and a relationship so I continue visiting, influencing and motivating them to identify their needs and find solutions with local resources,” Chikhosi said. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Small business loans empower Malawi women

Through small business loans, Mercy Chikhosi believes in empowering women to support their families and communities. Read More

In a video file image, Bishop Bruce R. Ough, at podium, delivers a statement from the Council of Bishops about the formation of the Commission on a Way Forward during the 2016 General Conference in Portland, Ore. Video image courtesy of United Methodist Communications.

Way Forward gets input on church future

The commission asked various United Methodists to describe their preferences regarding the extent of the inclusion of LGBTQ people within the church. Read More

The Revs. Jeff Rainwater (left) and Jeremy Scott present a report on Yellowstone Conference's financial situation June 9 during the 2017 Annual Conference Session in Billings, Montana.

Yellowstone Conference facing financial crisis

Yellowstone’s financial problems are similar to those facing the rest of the church and having a “gay bishop is only one of many factors,” officials said. Read More

Bishop Hee-Soo Jung serves in the Wisconsin Episcopal Area. File photo by United Methodist Communications.

Roots of Faith in Korea: A United Methodist Bishop’s Journey

Bishop Hee-Soo Jung grew up on a small island with a view of North Korea. He credits U.S. missionaries and a kind neighbor for his conversion to Christianity. View

The Rev. Mustafa Isufi (left) speaks to participants of the first national convention of The United Methodist Church in Albania, meeting in Gjinar. Photo by Jean Nausner.

Albanian church holds national convention

The United Methodist Church in Albania holds national convention and first worship at the first United Methodist church in Durrës. Read More

Bishop Rodolfo A. Juan (left) hands out crayons to children who fled with their families to escape fighting between government forces and Islamic State militants on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. The families are staying at an evacuation center in Bito-Buadi, Marawi City, where United Methodists are helping those displaced. Photo by the Rev. Israel M Painit

Assisting those fleeing siege in Philippines

United Methodists are reaching out to civilians caught in battle with Islamic State militants in Marawi City, Philippines. Read More

Joseph Robbins and Alexandria Daponte, rising seniors at Duke Divinity School, discuss reasons they feel called to attend the United Methodist school of theology.

Duke Divinity School striving for diversity

Dean says diversity and equity are top priorities for faculty and student body. Read More

Amy Scoggin, a rising third-year Master of Divinity student. She is on track to be a provisional elder in the United Methodist Florida Annual Conference.  Photo by Kathy L. Gilbert, UMNS.

Profiles of student diversity at Duke

Forty-seven denominations are represented at United Methodist Duke Divinity School. Total enrollment in all degree programs is 631. Read More

Many United Methodist Men units in the United States struggle to reach younger men. The group’s National Gathering at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Indianapolis featured advice for how these groups can become fishers of millennials. Photo illustration by Lucas Allmann, Pexels

Becoming fishers of young men

United Methodist Men during their national gathering heard ideas on where to cast their nets to draw in millennial disciples. Read More

Inmates at Kentucky Prison in Harare, Zimbabwe, pose with their graduation certificates from a yearlong nutritional gardening course. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe.

Inmates learn to grow food

Seventeen inmates from a prison in Harare, Zimbabwe, graduated from a one-year horticultural course offered with United Methodist help. Read More

In a file photo from December 2016, Norma Dollaga, on left with microphone, speaks during an ecumenical action of Kadamay: Stop the Killings, a community organization that advocates for the poor in urban communities, in Quezon City, Philippines. The placards in Filipino say,

Filipino deaconess: ‘Resistance is a gift’

Norma Dollaga fights extrajudicial killings and raises money for school for indigenous people in the Philippines. Read More

The Rev. Seth Wispelwey (right), co-moderator of Sojourners United Church of Christ in Charlottesville, Va., leads a group headed to oppose a KKK Rally there, as the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas, associate rector and chaplain, St. Paul's Memorial Episcopal Church (second from right) blows a vuvuzela. Behind them is First United Methodist Church, where the Charlottesville Clergy Collective had arranged a gathering. An estimated 1,000 were on hand to protest the rally. Photo by Michael Cheuk.

Clergy stand up to Charlottesville KKK rally

The Charlottesville Clergy Collective, including United Methodists, helps to organize counter-rally to Virginia event. Read More

United Methodist Men join in worship during the group's 12th National Gathering, at St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Indianapolis. More than 620 men from across the United States registered for the event. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS.

Making discipleship a ‘contact sport’

United Methodist Men at their 12th national gathering heard frequents calls to get off the bench as Christ followers. They also put that call into action. Read More

Children discuss their ideas for fitting together the wooden pieces of a “Re-formation“ puzzle with a staff member at German Kirchentag (German Church Day) in Berlin, Germany, in May. The puzzle was used at The United Methodist Church’s booth at the event and will be used again at the church’s booth at the World Reformation Exhibition in Wittenberg, Germany, July 11-17. Photo by Klaus Ulrich Ruof, Office of Communications, United Methodist Church Germany.

Reformation exhibition includes United Methodists

The United Methodist Church of Germany has organized a booth from July 11-17 at the World Reformation Exhibition in Wittenberg, Germany. Read More

United Methodist Communications special projects manager April Mercado (right) leads a ham radio class during a crisis simulation in Cebu, Philippines. The Disasters and Emergency Preparedness Program was held to strengthen communication during times of crisis. Photo by Mildred Arce, UMNS.

Ham radio classes help prepare for disaster in the Philippines

Workshop focuses on utilizing offline communication tools to strengthen emergency response during times of crisis in the country. Read More

Richard A. Marsh (left) and the Rev. Keith Boyette visit one another after making oral arguments about whether a gay pastor can serve as a bishop in The United Methodist Church before the United Methodist Judicial Council, meeting in Newark, N.J., on April 25, 2017. The two argued opposite sides of the issue.

Judicial Council rejects reconsideration of gay bishop ruling

The Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops filed the motion June 12. The next meeting of the Judicial Council is Oct. 24-27. Read More

In a file photo from 2016, the Rev. Anna Blaedel speaks during the Iowa Annual Conference session on June 4. Photo by Arthur McClanahan, Iowa Conference.

Gay clergywoman’s case heads to top court

The Rev. Anna Blaedel, a campus minister, told the Iowa Annual Conference last year that she is “a self-avowed practicing homosexual.” Read More

Willamette University, in Salem, Oregon, was founded in 1842 as the first university established in the western United States. It is one of the 119 United Methodist-related schools in the U.S. Photo courtesy of Willamette University.

Claremont, Willamette explore partnership

Claremont, one of 13 United Methodist theological schools, could move to the campus of Willamette, one of 119 United Methodist-related schools in the U.S. Read More

Eye surgery is performed on a patient at Gwandum Clinc in Nigeria. The mobile clinic and rural health care program of The United Methodist Church in Nigeria are saving lives in remote areas that aren’t reached by government health programs. Photo by the Rev. Ande I. Emmanuel, UMNS.

Church in Nigeria leads in rural health care

Church health care programs reach rural areas that get no government health services. Read More

Paul Hardin III served as president of three United Methodist-related colleges, including Drew University. Here he's in his Drew office in 1988. Photo courtesy of Drew University Archives.

Hardin led 3 United Methodist-related colleges

Bishop’s son was president of Wofford, Southern Methodist University and Drew, and helped bring denomination’s archives to the latter. Read More