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The Interchurch Center, just south of Riverside Church in New York, has been home to the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries since 1959. The mission agency will complete the relocation of its U.S. headquarters to Atlanta by Nov. 1.

‘Bittersweet’ departure from New York

Global Ministries celebrates the many years of Methodist mission in New York as its U.S. headquarters moves to Atlanta. Read More

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Photo by Luke Lucas, Alabama-West Florida Conference, courtesy of the Stegall Seminary Scholarship Endowment Foundation

The Rev. Karl Stegall, creator of the Seminary Scholarship Endowment Foundation, speaks at the 2016 Dinner of Celebration held in Montgomery, Ala. More than 475 scholars, alumni, donors and sponsors attended.

Pastor’s program offers seminarians financial lifeline

The Stegall Seminary Scholarship Endowment Foundation currently helps students from the Alabama-West Florida Conference afford seminary. Read More

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The Interchurch Center, just south of Riverside Church in New York, has been home to the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries since 1959. The mission agency will complete the relocation of its U.S. headquarters to Atlanta by Nov. 1. 2014 file photo by Linda Bloom, UMNS.

‘Bittersweet’ departure from New York

Global Ministries celebrates the many years of Methodist mission in New York as its U.S. headquarters moves to Atlanta. Read More

The Rev. Tamara Brown, a director from the Kentucky Conference, serves communion to Philadelphia Area Bishop Peggy Johnson, a fellow director, during the closing worship service of the Sept. 21-24, 2016 meeting of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society.

Looking at core social values

Directors for United Methodist Board of Church and Society follow the mandate “at the core” of the denomination’s identity. Read More

The sanctuary of Oconee Street United Methodist Church in Athens, Ga., shortly after the fire on April 15, 2013, (left) and back in use on Sept. 11, 2016. The cross survived. Photos courtesy of the Rev. Lisa Caine and Heather Hahn

How a church fire sparked congregational growth

A Georgia church’s experience offers lessons for faith communities overcoming disaster. Read More

The Rev. Karl Stegall, creator of the Seminary Scholarship Endowment Foundation, speaks at the 2016 Dinner of Celebration held in Montgomery, Ala. More than 475 scholars, alumni, donors and sponsors attended. Photo by Luke Lucas, Alabama-West Florida Conference, courtesy of the Stegall Seminary Scholarship Endowment Foundation.

Pastor’s program offers seminarians financial lifeline

The Stegall Seminary Scholarship Endowment Foundation currently helps students from the Alabama-West Florida Conference afford seminary. Read More

A member of the clergy holds up the elements of Holy Communion. In 2005, the average age of retiring United Methodist elders was 64, but by last year that had climbed to 66, the Lewis Center found in analyzing data provided by Wespath Benefits and Investments, formerly the United Methodist Board of Pension and Health Benefits. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

Study: Clergy retiring later

Average retirement age for United Methodist elders reaches 66. Read More

United Methodist church families rescuing, rebuilding after floods

The flood affected 9 out of 10 households in some communities. Church families are stepping in to pick up, muck out and help people live into their new realities. Read More

The Rev. Mark Crosby (left) meets with members of the disaster relief group at Live Oak United Methodist Church in Watson, La. The group has been meeting daily during the flooding crisis in southern Louisiana.

Church becomes safe place from floodwaters

Live Oak United Methodist Church became refuge for more than 400 people fleeing for their lives after historic flood. Read More

Esau Jenkins, center, stands in front of one of the VW vans he and his wife, Janie, bought to ferry African-American residents of Johns Island to work or school in Charleston, S.C. During the trip, they would teach their passengers the part of the Constitution they needed to know in order to register to vote. Photo courtesy of Elaine Jenkins.

A bus ride out of segregation

Panels from the 1968 Volkswagen bus used by a Methodist civil rights activist are part of exhibit at the new Smithsonian museum. Read More

Classroom blocks at Nyamacheni Mission secondary school in Gokwe, Zimbabwe. Photo courtesy Eveline Chikwanah

United Methodists rain blessings on drought-ravaged community

The United Methodist Church continues to make a difference in struggling Gokwe, Zimbabwe, providing the area with safe water and expanding Nyamacheni Mission secondary school. Read More

The Revs. Will Green (left) and John Blackadar offer a resolution that the New England Conference of The United Methodist Church

Bishops overrule nonconformity resolutions

The rulings come after a summer that saw multiple conferences say they would defy the denomination's prohibitions related to homosexuality. Read More

Prayer room spot reveals God’s presence through the flood

When the Rev. Clifton Conrad and his wife, Kathleen, returned home after days of flooding they found an assurance of God’s grace in their prayer room. Read More

Aubrey Lucas outlines a campaign to increase Africa University’s endowment fund to $100 million during a Sept. 12 banquet celebrating the work of longtime supporter and board member Maggie Jackson. Photo by Rick Wolcott, UMNS.

Campaign for Africa University launched

The public phase of the Campaign for Africa University, a four-year effort to boost the United Methodist university’s endowment to fund to $100 million, was launched Sept. 12. Read More

Volunteers with The Nyadire Connection prepare Empowerment Pad kits at sewing parties in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photo courtesy Bonnie Lawson.

Nyadire Connection project empowers girls in Zimbabwe

Thanks to Empowerment Pads, primary school girls don’t have to miss classes when they have their periods Read More

The Rev. Robert Johnson (second from right) leads a prayer with maintenance worker Kevin Oliver (right) at a flood-damaged apartment complex in Duson, La. Praying with him are the Revs. Todd Rossnagel (left) and Susan Ferguson.

Louisiana churches join hands, look for blessings

Four United Methodist churches in Lafayette are living into Romans 5:1-5: Suffering, perseverance, character, hope, God’s love. Read More

The Rev. Anna Blaedel speaks during the 2016 Iowa Annual Conference session on June 4, 2016. Photo by Arthur McClanahan, Iowa Conference

Complaint dropped against Iowa clergywoman

Outgoing Bishop Julius C. Trimble dismisses complaint against the Rev. Anna Blaedel, a lesbian pastor. Read More

The Rev. Hoyt Hickman and his wife, Martha. Hoyt Hickman, who died Sept. 5, 2016, is credited with helping to shape United Methodist worship through his editing, writing and teaching. Photo courtesy the Rev. Heather Murray Elkins.

Hickman led the way in United Methodist worship

The Rev. Hoyt Hickman helped transform the denomination’s hymnal and became a key agency leader for worship resources. Read More

Munashe Furusa, vice chancellor of Africa University, said the United Methodist university is open and operating smoothly despite political unrest in Zimbabwe, although some students have been unable to register for financial reasons. Retired Bishops J. Lawrence McClesky (left) and Ernest Lyght (middle left) and Marcus Matthews (right) listen to Furusa’s report. Photo by Vicki Brown, UMNS.

Unrest, economic problems burden Africa University

Classes are underway and students are safe, but region’s struggles are taking a toll on the United Methodist university in Zimbabwe. Read More

Bishop Tracy S. Malone has been assigned to the East Ohio Conference. Photo by Anne Marie Gerhardt, Northern Illinois Conference

New bishop heard call to ministry at 13

Many believe Tracy S. Malone was molded for episcopal leadership. Read More

The Rev. Mike Tupper talks to a volunteer during his tent witness at the 2016 General Conference in Portland, Ore. Tupper recently agreed to a resolution of a same-sex marriage complaint. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

No church trial for pastor who sought one

The Rev. Mike Tupper reached a resolution in a same-sex wedding complaint nearly a year after he said he wanted a trial to put a spotlight on church law. Read More

Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. mingles with Great Plains Conference delegates and others at the South Central Jurisdictional Conference in Wichita, Kan., where he was elected to the episcopacy on July 14. Saenz was assigned to lead Great Plains. Photo by Eugenio Hernandez.

Bishop Saenz: Ministry is ‘a great work’

Bishop Ruben Saenz, who impressed as a pastor and conference leader, now leads Great Plains Conference Read More