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Sanuanita Leal (left) greets the Rev. Javier Leyva near her home in Mission, Texas. Leyva, now director of immigration ministries for The United Methodist Church in South Texas, previously served as her pastor and baptized Leal and her family.

Church draws on border natives in immigration crisis

Contacts, local knowledge help three United Methodists make difference in relief effort along the border. Read More

Elizabeth Jimenez (foreground) helps sort donated clothing for recent immigrants from Central America in the welcome center at the Holding Institute in Laredo, Texas. Jimenez was a student in the boarding school at Holding, a United Methodist Women National Mission Institution. She is flanked by, from left: Rosa Maria Narvaez, Lydia Mejorado and Elva Guzman. The volunteers are from La Trinidad United Methodist Church in Laredo. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.; Mike DuBose, UMNS

Nonprofit finds new life in meeting immigrants’ needs

United Methodist Women-supported Holding Institute has become a center of humanitarian relief in Laredo Read More

A coyote, or smuggler, (right) uses his hands to paddle a rubber raft full of immigrants across the Rio Grande from Mexico to the U.S. side of the river in Roma, Texas. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.; Mike DuBose, UMNS

Border visit brings immigration crisis into focus

Reacting to the surge from Central America, United Methodist delegation comes to Rio Grande Valley for tour and strategizing. Read More

An appeal has been filed with the United Methodist Judicial Council on the June 23 decision to reinstate the Rev. Frank Schaefer’s ordination credentials. Judicial Council will meet in October.

Judicial Council plans hearing for Schaefer appeal

Decision to reinstate United Methodist minister who performed same-sex wedding for his son is being challenged. Read More

(From left)  The Rev. Jairios Mafondokoto  and the  Rev. Kelvin Mwandira are interviewed by  Eveline Chikwanah  at Ebenezer Convention. Photo by Ray Mungomez

Pastors recall circuit riding on bicycles

Two pastors recall their early days of circuit riding on a bicycle in Zimbabwe in 1977. Read More

Photo illustration by David Sucsy, iStock Photo

Changes planned for agency retiree benefits

The denomination’s finance agency approved consistent co-pays with hopes of reducing costs. But health care benefits remain a challenge. Read More

Protest at Publix for farm workers' rights. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Church helps change lives of farmworkers

Through the deliberate efforts of United Methodists, the lives of tomato pickers and other workers have slowly improved over the last decade. Read More

Photo courtesy of the Rev. Bill Jenkins.

Officially closed, but open to new ministry

United Methodists in San Diego take new path by revamping historic church building for ecumenical worship, outreach. Read More

Members of the Bonn family pray during a service at Christ United Methodist Church in Franklin, Tenn., to lift up those facing the Ebola crisis in West Africa. From left are: Ashley, Debbie, Danny and Miles.

Prayers going out to West Africa in wake of Ebola

Daily text messages send health warnings and messages of hope to people of West Africa. Read More

The Rev. Larry Hollon in ministry. File photo by Lynne Dobson.

Church’s top communications exec to retire next year

The Rev. Larry Hollon helped lead The United Methodist Church into digital communications on a variety of fronts. Read More

The interior of Napa First United Methodist shows debris and damage to the church following the recent 6.0 earthquake in California.  Photo by Amy Herzog, Napa First United Methodist Church.

Update: Downtown Napa earthquake damage includes church

Vallejo church also loses brick façade Aug. 24 in strongest northern California earthquake in 25 years. Read More

Bishop Scott Jones. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

Bishop: Beware of costs of sexuality debate

Bishop Scott Jones urged the finance agency to consider the implications of proposals related to the church’s stance on homosexuality. Read More

The Rev. William McElvaney. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS

William McElvaney, social justice advocate, dies at 86

Retired pastor and seminary president defied church law by performing same-sex wedding. Read More

The Rev. Stephen Handy from McKendree United Methodist Church leads the opening worship at the quadrennial budget discussion of the Connectional Table Finance Committee and the General Council on Finance and Administration held in Nashville, Tenn.  Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications; Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

Slight budget gains projected for agencies

Decision on Aug. 21 gave general church agencies a bottom line on which to begin building their budgets in 2017-2020. Read More

Christian Zigbuo (right) works to distribute printed information to educate people in Liberia  about the Ebola virus.

Education, economy suffer in Ebola outbreak

Students and staff who are unable to return to classes are volunteering in communities and communicating facts about the disease. Read More

Since July 2014, Samaritan’s Purse has been managing an Ebola isolation center in Liberia located in Foya near the border with Guinea. The organization’s team of medical doctors and highly trained nurses is providing direct clinical care to patients infected with the virus.

Doctor’s daily prayer for Liberia: ‘God, send help’

The Ebola outbreak in Liberia is far more critical than has been reported, a United Methodist doctor just back from West Africa says. Read More

Ganta Hospital in Liberia

Commentary: Cultural norms, politics hinder Ebola response

The precautions that protect against Ebola violate the cultural norms of West Africa. Read More