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A group of residents, volunteers and staff celebrate the birthday of a boy living in the Casa delle Culture in Scicli, Italy. The facility is a joint program of the local Methodist church and Mediterranean Hope, a project of the Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy.

Migrants find help from Italian Methodists

On a local level, and through ecumenical groups like Mediterranean Hope, Methodists are helping Italy cope with an influx of people arriving by sea. Read More

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A group of residents, volunteers and staff celebrate the birthday of a boy living in the Casa delle Culture in Scicli, Italy. The facility is a joint program of the local Methodist church and Mediterranean Hope, a project of the Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy. Photo courtesy of MH - Casa delle Culture.

Migrants find help from Italian Methodists

On a local level, and through ecumenical groups like Mediterranean Hope, Methodists are helping Italy cope with an influx of people arriving by sea. Read More

Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors and the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition work together to host legal clinics for immigrants, like this one at Hillcrest United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn., in 2012. The United Methodist Church and many other religious groups are supporting a bill called the BRIDGE Act. It would extend protection from deportation for young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children. File photo by Jan Snider, UMNS.

As deportations expand, ‘Dreamers’ have hope

United Methodists among those supporting bipartisan legislation to protect young people brought into U.S. illegally as children Read More

Johannes Baun (from left), Rose Saffa and Mohamed Nabieu, who were helped at the Child Rescue Center, are giving back the help they received by working at the center. The rescue center was founded to care for children impoverished by the 1991-2002 Sierra Leone civil war. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

Rescuing children in Sierra Leone

Adults rescued as children are now caring for orphaned and abandoned children at a United Methodist center in Sierra Leone. Read More

A young boy holds a d.light solar lamp at his home in the Mathare slum, Nairobi, Kenya. Wespath Benefits and Investments has invested about $30 million in solar projects, including d.light. Photo courtesy of d.light

Church investments take on climate change

The United Methodist pension agency is planning for a low-carbon economy. For investors, the agency says, the move makes good financial sense. Read More

Courtesy photo of the Rev. Mark Nakagawa. United Methodist News Service Featured Blogs and Commentaries.

Commentary: An executive order with memory

Trump’s executive order on immigration brings back memories for Japanese Americans, who this weekend mark the anniversary of a similar moment in history from the last century. Read More

St. Paul United Methodist Church in Dallas recently went on the National Register of Historic Places. The Collegiate Gothic Revival sanctuary was built from 1913 to 1927, as funds were available. St. Paul is the only predominantly African-American church left in a part of downtown Dallas that was a center of black life during segregation. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS.

Historic black church determined to look forward

Dallas’ St. Paul United Methodist, under the Rev. Richie Butler, seeks growth, influence even as it goes on National Register of Historic Places. Read More

Humberto Barralaga, second from right, was arrested by officials with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Feb. 7. Barralaga, a member of the lay leadership at the House of Prayer United Methodist Church in Dodge City, Kansas, is shown with his family. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Raciel Quintana.

Immigration officials detain United Methodist leader

Humberto Barralaga is one of more than 600 people arrested in federal immigration raids. He and others are seeing their families divided. Read More

Students walk on the campus of United Methodist-related Duke University in Durham, N.C. Duke and Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, are joining fifteen other private colleges in a legal challenge to President Donald Trump’s immigration restrictions. Photo courtesy of Duke Photography.

Universities join amicus brief against immigration orders

Two United Methodist-related colleges say President Trump’s immigration orders hinder academic freedom. Read More

In this scene from “Hidden Figures,” Taraji P. Henson in her role as Katherine G. Johnson stands out amid her team of fellow mathematicians that helped send into orbit John Glenn. Photo by Hopper Stone, “Hidden Figures” (20th Century Fox)

‘Hidden Figures’ mathematician raised Methodist

Katherine Johnson was one of three African-American women who had a key role in the early U.S. space program. Read More

A woman holds a baby while seated among refugees at the United Methodist Church ATC/Nukkai in Jalingo, Nigeria. United Methodist churches in Nigeria are serving as refugee camps for people displaced after attacks on villages in Lau, a local government area in Taraba State in Northern Nigeria. Photo by the Rev. Ande I. Emmanuel, UMNS.

United Methodist churches welcome refugees in Nigeria

Village attacks leave 15 people dead and more than 7,000 displaced, many of whom are United Methodists. Read More

Philippines church holds sexuality forum

A recent forum on sexuality at a local United Methodist Church was an effort to support denomination-wide conversations on LGBTQ people. Read More

Faith leaders cheer latest ruling on Trump travel ban

Appeals court ruling stops ban of refugees from seven mostly Muslim countries. Read More

Ophthalmologists Jessica Shantha (from left), Moges Teshome and Steven Yeh pose with Umaru Sesay, 12, from Moyamba Junction, Sierra Leone. Sesay, who had cataracts as a result of contracting Ebola, had a successful operation that allowed him return to school. A partnership between Emory University and the Christian Blind Mission provides free cataract surgery to Ebola survivors at the Ruth and Lowell Gess Eye Hospital in eastern Freetown. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

Free surgery for Ebola survivors

A partnership between United Methodist-related Emory University and others is improving the eyesight of Ebola survivors in Sierra Leone. Read More

The Orchard, which denominational data lists as the 16th highest in worship attendance in the U.S., and another large congregation, Getwell Road United Methodist Church, have each begun steps to leave the denomination. Photo courtesy of The Orchard

2 big churches seek exit from denomination

Leaders of the Mississippi congregations expressed frustration with the denomination’s ongoing homosexuality debate. Read More

The Rev. Dr. Liberato C. Bautista, head of the U.N. and International Affairs office of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society, and Bishop Christian Alsted, episcopal leader for Northern Europe (third and fourth from left), walk in procession inside the National Cathedral in Trondheim. A service held in the Cathedral was part of the 100-year celebration of the first Sami Congress. Photo by Karl Anders Ellingsen.

Indigenous people celebrated in Trondheim, Norway

One hundred years after the first Sami Congress, United Methodists and others gather to celebrate the church host and the Sami people. Read More

Pastor Ricardo Rivero and his wife Ana Maria Torres, along with their son Ricardo David, are starting a Methodist Mission in Placetas, Cuba. Rivero, a former mason, has been making repairs to the home, which will also serve as a worship space.

For Methodists in Cuba, ‘These are good times’

Hard work and good relations — with fellow Cubans, United Methodists and others — help shape today’s church. Read More

Friends play dominoes at a table pulled into the street in Havana. “Life here is very sociable,” says Rigoberto Figueroa, — a member of Marianao Methodist Church and vice rector of the Havana seminary. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Solidarity and service in Cuba

In Havana neighborhoods, people seem to know everyone and hear everything. “The thing about Cuba is we have learned to help one another – solidarity. Life here is very sociable.” Read More

Two residents of Mosul celebrate the partial liberation of their city from control by the Islamic State group by taking a selfie in front of festooned army vehicles. Although a portion of the city has been liberated from ISIS, fierce fighting is predicted as the army moves to retake the remainder of the city. Photo © Paul Jeffrey.

In the wake of ISIS

United Methodist missionary visits war-torn northern Iraq. Read More

Annual conference voters in the coming months will consider five potential amendments to The United Methodist Church’s constitution, which is part of the Book of Discipline. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

5 constitutional amendments head to vote

The changes address matters of gender equality, inclusiveness in membership, delegate and bishop elections, as well as bishop accountability. Read More

The Rev. Alcibiades Negret is superintendent of the Mayabeque district of the Methodist Church in Cuba. He pastors a church in his home in San José de las Lajas. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Building a church growth strategy in Cuba

From cell group to mission to church, the goal of the Methodist Church in Cuba is to make each member an evangelist. Read More