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The Rev. Anne Leighton Burkholder, of Candler School of Theology, speaks during an Aug. 30 panel discussion on women and theological education at the Global United Methodist Clergywomen’s Gathering in Houston.

Clergywomen gather for celebration, frank talk

Twenty-seven countries represented at United Methodist event focused on women clergy, worldwide church. Read More

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From left, the Rev. Vienna Mutezo, Rebecca Gurupira, Nyasha Musharu and Africa University professor Zanele Furusa stand next to Africa University-branded waste bins donated to the Zimbabwe Episcopal Area.

Disposable diapers create environmental hazard in Zimbabwe

As people have adopted the use of diapers as a convenient alternative to cloth, used diapers have become an eye sore and hazard to the environment, says Africa University professor. Read More

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The Rev. Anne Leighton Burkholder, of Candler School of Theology, speaks during an Aug. 30 panel discussion on women and theological education at the Global United Methodist Clergywomen’s Gathering in Houston. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS

Clergywomen gather for celebration, frank talk

Twenty-seven countries represented at United Methodist event focused on women clergy, worldwide church. Read More

World Methodist Council relies on UMC funding

The United Methodist Church will continue to provide the bulk of the financial backing to support the budget of the World Methodist Council for the next five years. Read More

Protesters arrested, residents afraid to work

Bodies still being found after massacre in Beni, protesters arrested and residents are afraid to tend crops. Read More

The Rev. Kermit Roberson surveys flood damage at Roberts United Methodist Church's Plainview Cemetery in Denham Springs, La., where floodwaters lifted many caskets out of their concrete burial vaults. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Floods reopen decades of grief when caskets disturbed

Flooding in Louisiana raises crypts and caskets in a cemetery overseen by a United Methodist congregation. Read More

Marvin Parvez, a regional representative in Islamabad, Pakistan, for Community World Service Asia, visited partner agency offices in New York and Washington in August before heading to Houston for the World Methodist Conference. Photo by Linda Bloom, UMNS

Building good relations in Pakistan, Afghanistan

A United Methodist partner agency with deep roots in local communities makes the connection for humanitarian aid programs. Read More

Sixty-two children march down a muddy road to join a tree planting in Macatbong, a barangay or village in Cabanatuan City. Photo by Gladys Mangiduyos, UMNS.

Children plant trees to protect environment

Children join in tree planting to address environmental problems in the Philippines. Read More

From left, the Rev. Vienna Mutezo, Rebecca Gurupira, Nyasha Musharu and Africa University professor Zanele Furusa stand next to Africa University-branded waste bins donated to the Zimbabwe Episcopal Area. Photo courtesy Taurai Emmanuel Maforo

Disposable diapers create environmental hazard in Zimbabwe

As people have adopted the use of diapers as a convenient alternative to cloth, used diapers have become an eye sore and hazard to the environment, says Africa University professor. Read More

This year’s J2J celebrants cut a birthday cake on June 26 at Bishop Baughman UMC in Freetown. Photo courtesy of Phileas Jusu

Birthday parties a gift to the church

Thanks to some healthy competition, birthday celebrations have become a major source of fundraising, with proceeds going toward a variety of church development programs. Read More

Bishop Rodolfo Juan of the Manila Episcopal Area speaks during an ecumenical forum promoting peace. The event was a prelude to a meeting between the Philippine government and opposition groups, who have had violent conflict going back decades. Photo courtesy of Norma P. Dollaga

Filipino bishop urges government, rebels to make peace

As the government of the Philippines begins peace talks with opposition forces, the faith community prays they will be successful. Read More

Sierra Leone pastor defrocked after sex with minor

The Sierra Leone Conference revoked the license of a clergyman who pleaded guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old. Read More

Bishops of varied theological perspectives have weighed in on the election of Bishop Karen Oliveto, a married lesbian. Most counsel waiting for the Judicial Council, the denomination’s top court, to rule on questions of church law. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

Bishops respond to gay colleague

Some bishops outside the United States said they worry that Bishop Karen Oliveto remaining in office will put their ministry at risk. Read More

Newly elected Bishop Karen Oliveto, a married lesbian who has become the first openly gay bishop of The United Methodist Church, stands with Big Sky Area Bishop Elaine Stanovsky, left, and Los Angeles Area Bishop Minerva Carcaño. Photo by Charmaine Robledo, Mountain Sky Episcopal Area.

Top court will take up Oliveto election in spring

Judicial Council will review a petition on the election of first gay bishop for The United Methodist Church when it meets in April 2017. Read More

United Methodist regional missionary Grace Musuka speaks at the one-day maternal and child heath workshop in Harare in June 2016. Photo courtesy Kudzai Chingwe.

Poor maternal health care remains concern in Zimbabwe

Mothers and babies are dying because of poor facilities at satellite clinics, delays in hospital referrals, according to senior nursing officer. Read More

United Methodists still reeling from massacre

The East Congo episcopal area is still reeling from Aug. 13 attack. The Beni area has nine United Methodist churches, Read More

A recent roundtable meeting about the new United Methodist University of Sierra Leone brought together the Rev. Kim Cape (far left), top executive of the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry, Bishop John Yambasu (second from left) and other church leaders. The university is to open in October. Photo by Jan Snider, UMNS

Coming soon: United Methodist University of Sierra Leone

Organizers promise school will be like no other in West Africa, combining academics with service through sustainable agriculture, public health Read More

United Methodists among dead from bloody attack in Beni

East Congo has been under the threat of violence since 1960 when the country became independent. Read More

The Hispanic-Latino bishops of The United Methodist Church celebrated opening worship at the MARCHA Assembly in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Aug. 4, 2016. Shown, from left: Bishop Elias Galvan, Bishop Minerva Carcaño, Bishop Rafael Moreno Rivas, Bishop Juan Vera Mendez, Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey and Bishop Hector Ortiz. Photo by the Rev. Gustavo Vasquez, UMCom.

MARCHA attendees call on members to vote

The United Methodist Church’s Hispanic/Latino caucus approved a resolution calling on its members to vote in the U.S. elections and participate actively in the political process. Read More

Map shows the borders of three central conferences in sub-Saharan Africa. The Africa Central Conference, in gold, proposes splitting itself into four. Map by Cindy Caldwell, United Methodist Communications

Africans look at changing the church’s map

The Africa Central Conference proposes splitting itself into four new central conferences. Such a move has implications for bishop elections and how the church does ministry. Read More

Pictured are six of the girls stranded at June Hartranft Memorial Primary School for Girls in Sierra Leone after the country’s deadly Ebola outbreak. From left are Esther Cooper, 15; Kadiatu Juana, 10; Hawa Bayoh, 10; Ramatu Kamara, 11; Magdalene Kamara, 9; and Aminata Bayoh, 11. Photo courtesy of Phileas Jusu

United Methodists care for girls stranded after Ebola

Educators in Sierra Leone struggle to locate parents nine months after the deadly Ebola outbreak ended. Read More

Gen. Constantino Chiwenga of the Zimbabwe National Army arrives for the dedication of the Early Childhood Development Complex in Nyadire, Zimbabwe. Photo courtesy of Taurai Emmanuel Maforo.

Church partners with Zimbabwean army on educational facility

The United Methodist Church has partnered with the Zimbabwe National Army in building a state-of-the-art facility for training Early Childhood Development teachers Read More