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Harriett Jane Olson, United Methodist Women chief executive officer, gives closing remarks at the United Methodist Women Assembly 2018 in Columbus, Ohio.

United Methodist Women urged to boldly change world

More than 6,000 women gathered for three days of listening, learning and social action geared toward giving them the “power of bold.” Read More

 
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Members of the Commission on a Way Forward converse with each other as they complete their final commission meeting on May 23 at the Upper Room chapel in Nashville, Tenn. Many commission members credit the book “The Anatomy of Peace” with helping them work together. Photo courtesy of Commission on a Way Forward Facebook page.

Can a book help the church stay together?

A number of delegations to special General Conference are reading “The Anatomy of Peace” to prepare for their work. Here's why. Read More

Men of Bishop Baughman United Methodist Church, supported by the church’s women and other men’s groups, walk across western Freetown, Sierra Leone, sharing messages of peace and reconciliation with the aid of a microphone and speaker. After bitterly fought elections left Sierra Leone divided along tribal and regional lines, the men wanted to evangelize in new ways to help bring the country together. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

United Methodist Men take unity message to the streets

After bitterly fought elections that left Sierra Leone divided, church members are evangelizing in new ways to bring the country together. Read More

Bishop Bruce R. Ough (left) speaks during a May 22, 2018, oral hearing before the United Methodist Judicial Council, meeting in Evanston, Ill. At right is Bishop Scott Jones. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Question to court: Who can submit petitions?

In a two-hour session, streamed online, Judicial Council heard arguments about petitions related to the special General Conference in 2019. Read More

Photo of Kate Bowler, courtesy of katebowler.com.

Author chronicles faith journey after cancer diagnosis

When cancer “kicked down the walls” of her life, author Kate Bowler relied on her faith, but also saw it change. Her new book shares her story. Read More

Bishop John K. Yambasu (center) dedicates a United Methodist primary school in Sayllu, his home village, near Bo, Sierra Leone. The school, the first in this remote village, includes a water well for community use. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

First school opens in bishop’s home village

Sierra Leone Area Bishop John K. Yambasu celebrates new opportunities for the children in this remote community who once had to travel long distances for an education. Read More

Harriett Jane Olson, United Methodist Women chief executive officer, gives closing remarks at the United Methodist Women Assembly 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

United Methodist Women urged to boldly change world

More than 6,000 women gathered for three days of listening, learning and social action geared toward giving them the “power of bold.” Read More

The Rev. Cecelia Marpleh, district superintendent for the Liberia Conference, presents a motorbike to Pastor William Kulah for his travels to Gbanjuloma United Methodist Church each week. With the motorbike, it takes him five hours to get to his assigned church. Photo be E Julu Swen, UMNS.

Bicycles, motorbikes help spread gospel in Liberia

Local pastors continue to benefit from church’s Bikes and Bibles ministry as they travel long distances to lead worship, evangelize. Read More

Photo of Jared Black, courtesy of family. Black was a victim of a school shooting in Santa Fe, Texsa, in May, 2018.

Church helps while grieving mass shooting victim

Aldersgate United Methodist in Santa Fe, Texas, opens doors to agencies providing counseling and other support. Read More

The Rev Alicia Coltzer-Besser, superintendent of the Texas Conference's Southeast District, and her mother, Margaret Heck. Heck was substitute teaching at Santa Fe High School, near Galveston, Texas, when a mass shooting occurred there May 18. She was unharmed. Photo courtesy Texas Conference.

United Methodists, bishop respond to school shooting

United Methodists in the Santa Fe, Texas, area and Bishop Scott Jones have responded to a deadly school shooting. Read More

Bishop Kenneth H. Carter Jr. (middle) and Bishop Bruce R. Ough listen to Bishop Cynthia F. Harvey during a May 4 press conference after the Council of Bishops recommended the One Church Plan to help The United Methodist Church stay unified despite division over how to minister with LGBTQ persons. The council issued a May 18 press release clarifying its recommendation. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Bishops clarify statement on Way Forward recommendation

One Church Plan is headed for the special General Conference as legislation with ʽsupplementary materials’ provided on two other plans. Read More