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A composite of images from the 2014 MARCHA Annual Assembly held in Los Angeles.

MARCHA approves declaration on border crisis

More than 150 Hispanic/Latino clergy and lay leaders celebrated communion through a fence on the U.S.-Mexico border during annual assembly. Read More

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Members of the Gargar family in Liberia, Esther and David, has been in quarantine due to the Ebola virus and they are receiving food and medicine from Mount Sinai United Methodist Church.  Photo by Julu Swen.

Church members in Liberia afflicted with the Ebola virus

Pastors and members of United Methodist churches in Liberia have died of Ebola,while other members are quarantined. Read More

First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple has affirmed a marriage-equality proposal to give pastors a choice in whether to perform same-gender marriages.

Historic Chicago church OKs same-sex unions

Chicago Temple also pledges to financially support its pastors if they face complaints for violating church law on such unions. Read More

The Rev. Fred B. Morris (right) and Archbishop Dom Helder Camara pose in a 1974 file photo taken two weeks after Morris was released from a torture chamber due to his association with Camara.

Freedom Summer inspired ministry ‘from that day to this’

The Rev. Fred B. Morris was a missionary candidate when he traveled to the March on Washington and heard the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream”... Read More

The Rev. Saul Montiel (right) prays during a cross-border service of Holy Communion at El Faro park in Tijuana, Mexico. Montiel is on the Mexico side of the border.

Wailing wall: On the U.S.-Mexico border

“By night I went out…, examining the walls of Jerusalem, which had been broken down, and its gates, which had been destroyed by fire.” – Nehemiah 2:13, New International Version Read More

Bishop McLee. Photo courtesy of the Council of Bishops.

Bishop McLee, ‘champion’ for marginalized people, dies

The 58-year-old leader died Sept. 6. His funeral will be live streamed from Riverside Church in New York City on Monday, Sept. 15. More

Mohamed Kamara, United Methodist health care worker and facilitator, demonstrates how to use personal protective equipment during training.

Sierra Leone health workers receiving support

Sierra Leone conference sending money, food and words of hope to United Methodist health care workers dealing with Ebola. Read More

(web only) The Rev. Yatta Young, a dean at United Methodist University, Monrovia, Liberia, says the Ebola crisis is causing Liberians great despair but she urges them to remember God is in the fight also.

Liberia needs faith amid despair of Ebola crisis

“We have our part to play alongside God in this fight to defeat Ebola,” says a United Methodist educator in Liberia. Read More

Photo by Loey Felipe, UN Photo

Moving beyond conflict to ‘culture of peace’

U.N. forum reinforces commitment to process of dialogue, respect, understanding toward goal of sustainable peace. Read More

The Rev. Gregory Gross. Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS

Affordable Care Act’s impact on the uninsured

A United Methodist deacon has signed up hundreds for insurance. He sees where the law helps and where it needs improvement. Read More

The United Methodist Cross and Flame and medical caduceus symbol.

Can health care law save conferences money?

Facing mounting health care costs for an aging risk pool, some conferences are turning to the Affordable Care Act for relief. Read More

A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose

Church extends support to Atlantic City workers

New Jersey United Methodists start planning a response as area recovering from Sandy now faces an economic storm caused by casino closings. Read More

The Rev. Morris Jarkloh addresses  the Liberia Annual Conference in Sinoe District which he hosted as superintendent.

Liberian DS died of complications due to hypertension

Body remains at hospital treating Ebola patients and may not be released to family and church for burial due to concern about spreading virus. Read More

Isaac Broune (left) and April Gonzaga-Mercado lead a panel discussion on using communications as aid as part of the Game Changers Summit at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Grab your cell phone in typhoon, flood, or war

When disaster strikes a community, cell phones and other communication aids can help with emergency response and recovery. Read More

Illustration by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

Groups to bishops: You must speak

Groups from across the theological spectrum urge the Council of Bishops to address issues including Ferguson, immigration, Gaza and sexuality. Read More

Eric Youngren (right) and John Macdonald view a solar-powered light during the Innovation Fair at the Game Changers Summit at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Text messaging can be lifesaving

Technology such as mass text messaging can be lifesaving. Read More

State of ICT4D: Address by the Rev. Larry Hollon

United Methodist Communications' top exec addresses Game Changers Summit on how technology today is used for the social good. Read More

Leveraging information for development

Game Changers Summit draws people from nine countries to hear experts on how technology helps the social good. Read More

Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey prays with young adults who were attending Exploration 2013, an event for those considering God’s call to ordained ministry in The United Methodist Church. Photo by Vicki Brown for the General Board of Higher Education

Church continues to see clergy aging trend

Report finds young elders slightly up in percentage, though big shift is toward local pastors. Read More

Gail Ford Smith

How Texas Conference has developed young clergy

The Rev. Gail Ford Smith, director of the Texas Annual Conference’s Center for Clergy Excellence, answers questions about strategy for developing young clergy. Read More