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The Rev. Christopher Fisher (right) addresses the United Methodist Judicial Council which will decide whether to uphold the reinstatement of the Rev. Frank Schaefer (left), who lost his credentials after being found guilty in a church trial last November of performing a same-sex wedding ceremony for his son. An oral hearing on the matter opened the council’s Oct. 22-25 fall meeting in Memphis, Tenn. Fisher serves as counsel for the church.

Judicial Council hears arguments on Schaefer case

United Methodist top court is considering whether pastor who performed same-sex wedding will retain ministerial credentials. Read More

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The Rev. Jacob Keega calls for maintaining faith in God during the Ebola threat. He preached Oct. 19 to the Heart of Africa Fellowship at Dallas’ Lovers Lane United Methodist Church.

Ebola grief: Every church service is like a funeral

United Methodist churches sharing grief, sending support to loved ones dying in Liberia and Sierra Leone of the deadly Ebola virus. Read More

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The Rev. Christopher Fisher (right) addresses the United Methodist Judicial Council which will decide whether to uphold the reinstatement of the Rev. Frank Schaefer (left), who lost his credentials after being found guilty in a church trial last November of performing a same-sex wedding ceremony for his son. An oral hearing on the matter opened the council’s Oct. 22-25 fall meeting in Memphis, Tenn. Fisher serves as counsel for the church.

Judicial Council hears arguments on Schaefer case

United Methodist top court is considering whether pastor who performed same-sex wedding will retain ministerial credentials. Read More

Stephen Mansfield, president/CEO of Methodist Health Systems. Photo courtesy of Methodist Health System.

Methodist Health System in Dallas answers Ebola call

Methodist Health System in Dallas will provide space for state-of-the-art Ebola treatment, in partnership with other local hospitals. Read More

The Rev. Jacob Keega calls for maintaining faith in God during the Ebola threat. He preached Oct. 19 to the Heart of Africa Fellowship at Dallas’ Lovers Lane United Methodist Church.

Ebola grief: Every church service is like a funeral

United Methodist churches sharing grief, sending support to loved ones dying in Liberia and Sierra Leone of the deadly Ebola virus. Read More

Members of the Virginia delegation huddle to discuss possible next steps after the United Methodist Judicial Council ruled the proposed

Early warning proposed for General Conference legislation

A proposed advisory panel aims to give delegates a heads up if a petition might violate the denomination’s constitution. Read More

The Rev. Talbot Davis. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Talbot Davis

Commentary: Reasons not to go into ministry

A pastor sorts through the bad and good motivations for a clergy career. Read More

Methodists in Hong Kong have called for calm and restraint following continuing clashes between the government and protesters and joined in a statement from the Hong Kong Christian Council urging both parties to engage in dialogue. Photo courtesy of the Rev. G. Howard Mellor.

Christians call for dialogue in Hong Kong protests

Methodists also saw an opportunity to drop barriers and serve community in the district where protests are occurring. Read More

An outreach team from Miller McAllister United Methodist Church, Ganta, Liberia, gather rice, bags of charcoal, buckets with chlorine and soap, drinking water and other food for families infected with Ebola.

Church brings hope to Ebola-infected families

The people of Miller McAllister United Methodist Church, Ganta, Liberia, are responding to people affected by Ebola with food and words of hope. Read More

Students at Gbarnga School of Theology in Libera work on e-readers preloaded with three years of theological content shown in a 2013 file photo. Photo by Jeff Oliver.

E-Reader Project set to expand in Africa, Philippines

The pilot school, although temporarily closed due to Ebola, showed the project’s potential for helping pastors-in-training. Read More

Women in Kigali, Rwanda, learn skills such as hairstyling as part of an economic empowerment project of Mbwirandumva, “Speak I’m Listening,” for impoverished women. Photo courtesy of Don Messer.

Commentary: Scripture re-enacted in post-genocidal Rwanda

Because of stigma, no one living with HIV was willing to speak publicly at the AIDS workshop for United Methodist pastors. Read More

The Rev. Damião Elias, a member of the Commission on General Conference, and interpreter Isaura Arez practice using a Bible app on a tablet. Elias, who is from Mozambique, is among nine commission members who received training from United Methodist Communications and will participate in a pilot project using the tablets. The hope is that the tools will help delegates, especially from Africa and the Philippines, in preparing for General Conference. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS

How technology could help General Conference delegates

The United Methodist Commission on General Conference has launched a pilot project using tablet computers in hopes of easing preparation in central conferences. Read More

The Rev. Winston Ashcroft brings greetings to the people of Mamakah, Sierra Leone, from Bishop John Yambasu. He educates them about ways to combat Ebola and prays with them.

Taking Ebola help to remote villages

United Methodist Church in Sierra Leone, with help from Norway, sends convoy to offer food, information. Read More

A health care worker wearing rubber gloves and other protective gear prepares to administer fluids to an Ebola patient.  Screen save, United Methodist Communications

Church agency uses animation to battle Ebola

United Methodist Communications has collaborated with an award-winning animator to produce a video to inform on Ebola prevention. Read More

Video shows Sierra Leone missionary Beatrice Gbanga speaking on Ebola to North Texas Conference. Courtesy: Wil Murphy, North Texas Conference.

Seeing Ebola firsthand: Missionary shares her story

"It is devastating...But for me nothing is impossible for God." Beatrice Gbanga talks about the realities and the hope on the ground in Sierra Leone. View

The church building of Port-Bouët 2 - Derrière Wharf Nouvelle Jérusalem United Methodist Church(New Jerusalem United Methodist Church) in Côte d'Ivoire, was partially destroyed by a government project to build a larger road. Despite the damage, church members continue with Sunday worship on Sept. 28, 2014. Photo by Isaac Broune, UMNS

Worship goes on in Côte d’Ivoire despite damage

Highway construction takes part of church building but not the spirit of a United Methodist congregation in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. Read More

People in head-to-toe protective gear taking away dead bodies have become common in West Africa.

Why care about Ebola? Hint: Not because you will catch it

A United Methodist epidemiologist says the deadly Ebola outbreak will have devastating consequences even after the outbreak is medically controlled. Read More

Average debt for UM seminary grads tops $49,000

United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry task force is looking at how debt affects clergy and how to address it. Read More

United Methodist leaders, including seven bishops, will join in a panel discussion on human sexuality on Saturday, Nov. 1. They are all contributors to the book “Finding Our Way.” Pictured clockwise from left are Bishop Rosemarie Wenner, Bishop Melvin G. Talbert, Bishop J. Michael Lowry,  Bishop Hope Morgan Ward, Neil M. Alexander and Bishop John K. Yambasu. Photos courtesy of the Council of Bishops

Panel aims to spur conversation on sexuality

The expansion of same-gender civil marriage in the U.S. has people buzzing, but church leaders say more United Methodists need to join church discussion. Read More

Beatrice Gbanga, a United Methodist health worker and missionary in Sierra Leone, gave a briefing on the Ebola crisis Monday to clergy and laity at the North Texas Conference headquarters in Plano, Texas. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS

Update: Ebola epidemic witness offers insight in Texas

Dallas-area United Methodists hear from medical missionary from Sierra Leone. Read More

The Interchurch Center, just south of Riverside Church in New York, has been home to the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries for more than 50 years. In 2016, the mission agency will move its headquarters to Atlanta. Photo by Linda Bloom, UMNS.

Mission agency to open 3 global offices, Atlanta HQ

In a move aimed at becoming more global, the Board of Global Ministries is moving from New York’s Interchurch Center to Atlanta and opening regional offices on three continents. Read More

Mohamed Kamara, United Methodist health care worker and facilitator, demonstrates how to use personal protective equipment at Ebola prevention training held in Bo, Sierra Leone. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS; Photo by Phileaus Jusu, UMNS

Commentary: What is the church’s role in the Ebola crisis?

Ebola has changed life in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea and will force people in these countries to rethink how we engage with one another. Read More