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Bishop warns against war, leads trip to Hiroshima, Nagasaki

United Methodists join others in World Council of Churches’ Japan pilgrimage for ceremonies, prayer in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Read More

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Bishop warns against war, leads trip to Hiroshima, Nagasaki

United Methodists join others in World Council of Churches’ Japan pilgrimage for ceremonies, prayer in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Read More

The Rev. Jose Umali (right) tries ham radio equipment during a lecture to clergy and laity in the Philippines.  Photo courtesy of Gladys Mangiduyos

Filipino ‘ham’ radio operators train for disasters

Seminars sponsored by United Methodist Communications designed to help fill gap when the power fails. Read More

The Rev. Benjamin David Hutchison stands by the sign of Cassopolis United Methodist Church where he served as pastor for two and a half years. He recently was forced to resign from his post at the church against the congregation's wishes. Photo courtesy of Benjamin David Hutchison

Gay pastor’s removal brings sadness, defiance

United Methodist clergy are now facing complaints for officiating at the pastor’s same-sex wedding in violation of church law. Read More

Dozens of demonstrators demanding a more inclusive church took over the floor of a May 3 session of the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla. They held Communion around the center table and sang songs, causing the presiding bishop to suspend the morning session. 2012 file photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS

Annual meetings stir human sexuality debates

U.S. United Methodist conferences take different positions on church’s long-standing laws on same-sex marriages. Read More

The Rev. Donald E. Messer, global consultant for the United Methodist Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships, speaks to the Council of Bishops, during its May meeting in Berlin. Messer edited “Celebrating God’s Love,” which includes essays by bishops and other United Methodists on living into Christian unity and promoting positive interreligious relationships. Photo by Kay Panovec, United Methodist Communications

Stay united, strengthen interfaith ties, book says

Editor Donald Messer worries talk of schism over sexuality will undermine the denomination’s interfaith friendships. Read More

Harper Lee's second published novel was written before her first,

A Methodist reading of ‘Go Set a Watchman’

`New’ novel by Harper Lee, author of `To Kill a Mockingbird,’ isn’t perfect but confirms her genius. Read More

United Methodists led hundreds of students and residents in a July 3 protest march to register their indignation over a growing wave of incidents of rape in the Brewerville community of Liberia.

Concern grows over rape cases in Liberia

United Methodists use protest march to register indignation and call for government action to remove threat of rape. Read More

Handwritten captions provide interesting, but often incomplete, details on photos of Methodist mission activity. The caption here names a nurse treating a native woman in La Paz, Bolivia.

Early Methodist mission photos wow scholars

Scholars are intrigued by more than 100,000 images depicting mission scenes around the globe. Read More

A view of the platform from the floor of the 1968 uniting conference in Dallas, where a merger of the Methodist Church and Evangelical United Brethren Church resulted in The United Methodist Church.

United Methodists achieve milestones despite differences

Taking the long view, a church historian notes that General Conferences have overcome disagreements over theology and social issues to accomplish some of the church's most significant work. Read More

Q&A: Responding to a massacre

Bishop Marcus Matthews, a South Carolina native and civil rights movement veteran, has had an intense reaction to the shootings at Emanuel AME Church. Read More