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Native Americans from left, Eugene Sanchez, Jason Umtuch, Martan Mendenhall, and Hugh Ahnatock, all of Portland, Ore., drum and sing at the Oceti Sakowin camp where people have gathered to protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline in Cannon Ball, N.D., Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it won't grant an easement for Dakota Access oil pipeline in southern North Dakota, handing a victory to Standing Rock Sioux tribe and its supporters, who argued the project would threaten the tribe's water source and cultural sites.

Pipeline protest supporters cheer re-route ruling

United Methodists who backed the Standing Rock Sioux’ protest of the Dakotas Access Pipeline say the ruling is a win for Native American sovereignty, water safety. Read More

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Around Christmas time in Sweden, one of the biggest celebrations is St. Lucia’s Day celebrated by a girl dressing in a white dress with a red sash round her waist and a crown of candles on her head.

Santa teaches lesson in grace

It is an emotional and spiritual tightrope that many families walk between letting their children have a magical Christmas and making sure they know that Jesus is the reason for... Read More

Cristina Manabat of the Philippines (front) joins a United Methodist Women's rally for the right to clean water for all outside the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

United Methodist Women strengthen leaders and mission partnerships

The church’s women’s ministry highlights its accomplishments in a 2016 Agency Report. Read More

John Wesley argued throughout his life against a complete separation from the Church of England. This statue of him stands outside his house in London. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

What John Wesley teaches about church unity

Wesleyan scholars say that when it comes to Methodism’s founder, the subject of unity gets complicated. Read More

The Wespath Benefits and Investments building in Glenview, Ill. Photo courtesy of Wespath.

Benefits agency changed name, but kept mission in 2016

The church’s benefits agency highlights its accomplishments in a 2016 Agency Report. Read More

An aerial view of Africa University, located in Mutare, Zimbabwe, shows the central area of the campus, with the chapel and library. Photo courtesy of Africa University

Africa University gets boost from non-church partnerships

New partnerships have been a boon to Africa University’s Pan-African mission. Read More

Erin Hawkins, top executive of the United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race, speaks on May 10 to the United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. Hawkins was discussing intercultural competency. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Religion and Race focused on awareness, equipping leaders

The church’s agency for racial equality lays out accomplishments in its 2016 Agency Report. Read More

Native Americans from left, Eugene Sanchez, Jason Umtuch, Martan Mendenhall, and Hugh Ahnatock, all of Portland, Ore., drum and sing at the Oceti Sakowin camp where people have gathered to protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline in Cannon Ball, N.D., Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Sunday that it won't grant an easement for the Dakota Access oil pipeline in southern North Dakota, handing a victory to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and its supporters, who argued the project would threaten the tribe's water source and cultural sites. Photo by David Goldman, AP

Pipeline protest supporters cheer re-route ruling

United Methodists who backed the Standing Rock Sioux’ protest of the Dakotas Access Pipeline say the ruling is a win for Native American sovereignty, water safety. Read More

Bishop Rodolfo A. Juan and his wife, Dr. Lurleen Lapuz Juan, greet the delegates at the Philippines Central Conference after he was re-elected bishop on Dec. 3. Photo by Gladys Mangiduyos.

Bishop Juan re-elected, assigned to Davao area

With the election of Bishop Rodolfo A. Juan, all three incumbent United Methodist bishops in the Philippines have been re-elected by the Philippines Central Conference. Read More

Bishop Ciriaco Q. Francisco, accompanied by his wife, Restetita Victoria, spoke Dec. 2 to delegates at the Philippines Central Conference after his re-election as a bishop in The United Methodist Church. Photo by Gladys Mangiduyos, UMNS

Francisco re-elected bishop in Philippines

Francisco is a member of the Council of Bishops executive committee and chairs the Standing Committee on Central Conference Matters. Read More

A 1,200-voice choir was a highlight of Revive 2 at the Ultra-Philippines Sports Complex in Pasig City on Nov. 26, an event which drew 10,000 United Methodists.

Revive 2 in Philippines draws 10,000

This was the second revival event held to highlight the legacy and contributions of The United Methodist Church. Read More

During his 25-year tenure as head of the World Methodist Council, the Rev. Joseph Rice Hale strengthened the bonds of the worldwide Wesleyan family, led dialogues with other Christians and formed a relationship with Pope John Paul II and bestowed awards on those pursuing peace. Hale died Nov. 14 in North Carolina at the age of 81. Photo by Jon Serenius, courtesy of Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Joe Hale: Worldwide ministry, sprinkled with magic

Committed to God, peace and the worldwide Wesleyan family, the Rev. Joseph Rice Hale left a legacy for the church. Read More

Bishop Pedro M. Torio Jr. speaks to the Philippines Central Conference after he was re-elected as a United Methodist bishop on Dec. 1. His wife, Joyce, holds their baby. Photo by Gladys Mangiduyos, UMNS

Torio re-elected bishop in the Philippines

Bishop Pedro M. Torio Jr. was re-elected bishop by the Philippines Central Conference on the sixth ballot. Read More

Members gather for a rural church picnic in Washington state in this undated photograph, which is part of The United Methodist Church’s archive of historical items. Photo courtesy of the United Methodist Commission on Archives and History.

Archives and History continues to preserve United Methodist heritage

The church’s archival agency lays out accomplishments in its 2016 Agency Report. Read More

The Rev. Anna Guillozet highlights the ministry of the United Methodist Commission on the Status and Role of Women during the denomination's 2012 General Conference in Tampa, Fla. At right is the Rev. Betty Kiboko. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Status and Role of Women introduces new resources

The church’s agency for women’s advocacy lays out accomplishments in its 2016 Agency Report. Read More

The Rev. Tazvionepi Nyarota (right) ululates to express her appreciation of a decision by  the Edmonton Presbytery, a governing body in the United Church of Canada, to support the Zimbabwe United Methodist Church in Canada as a mission of the United Church. The meeting was held at McDougall United Church in Edmonton, Alberta. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Church helps Zimbabweans keep home in Canada

Migrant churches face financial struggles, but a new partnership and missionary approval are hopeful signs. Read More

A man is tested for HIV/AIDS at a forum held at Wesleyan University, Philippines, to promote awareness and help reduce stigma associated with the disease. AIDS affects as many as 37 million worldwide. Photo by Gladys P. Mangiduyos, UMNS.

Philippines United Methodists raise awareness on HIV/AIDS

More than 160 clergy and laity members attended the forum and members voluntarily rolled up their sleeves to be tested for HIV/AIDS. Read More

Rev. David Tokpah casts his ballot at the United Methodist Church Liberia nomination process for candidates for election for bishop. Photo by Julu Swen, United Methodist Communications.

Conference ban on divorced bishops could be tested

Liberians are firm in not wanting an episcopal leader who has had a failed marriage, but debate and election loom in West Africa Central Conference. Read More

The United Methodist Board of Global Ministries encourages giving to the denomination’s Advance designated-giving projects on #GivingTuesday. Logo courtesy of the General Board of Global Ministries

Support United Methodist programs on #GivingTuesday

Donations can be made through The Advance and other church agencies and ministries on Nov. 29 and beyond. Read More

Some 1,300 people, including members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, have used the campsite near Cannon Ball, N.D.,  as a base to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline, which tribal members say crosses sacred land and imperils their water supply.  Photo by Erin Hawkins, United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race.

Pension board: Talk to Standing Rock tribe

Wespath has urged the company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline to reach out to affected communities. Read More

A graph put together by the General Council on Finance and Administration shows steady declines in U.S. United Methodist membership and attendance. Image courtesy of GCFA

U.S. church sees numbers slide in 2015

The topline numbers do not tell the whole story of what’s happening in The United Methodist Church. Read More