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Bishop Christian Alsted (far left), Bishop John Yambasu (center back) and Bishop Rosemarie Wenner (far right) join trainees at the dedication of the new United Methodist Women’s Training Center in Bo, southern Sierra Leone. Photo by Phileas Jusus, UMNS.

New training center for women opens in Sierra Leone

The United Methodist Church in Germany provided funds to build the new United Methodist Women’s Training Center for disadvantaged women and girls. Read More

British Methodists open doors to stay relevant

Like their U.S. counterparts, British Methodist churches face both challenges and opportunities in an increasingly secular society. Read More

Yah Dorliea, a United Methodist University nursing student, listens intently during a ceremony consecrating the new nursing school in Ganta, Liberia. The school is part of the Winifred J. Harley College of Health Sciences. Photo by E Julu Swen, UMNS.

United Methodist University opens new nursing school campus

The school is the first College of Health Sciences department to relocate to Ganta, a move funded by Global Ministries’ Global Health unit. Read More

James H. Salley sits in the driver seat of a tractor as a child in 1957 surrounded by three of his sisters. Salley, who grew up on his family’s farm in Allendale County, S.C., has established a scholarship at Africa University in honor of his hardworking parents, Marie and James Salley. Photo courtesy of James H. Salley.

Africa University’s top fundraiser endows scholarship

James H. Salley, the top fundraiser for Africa University, has donated more than $130,000 for an endowed scholarship to honor his parents and to help educate students from across Africa. Read More

The sign at the United Methodist Building in Washington, where the Board of Church and Society’s offices are, was changed after the mass shooting at a Parkland, Fla., high school. Photo courtesy of United Methodist Board of Church and Society.

Pastors, churches respond to Florida massacre

As pastors and churches near a mass school shooting respond, one church leader says United Methodists must do more than pray about gun violence. Read More

The Rev. Sylvester Holima (center) organizes United Methodist young adults at UMC House, the home office of the Sierra Leone Conference, in Freetown, as they prepare to take the No Election Violence Campaign on the road. Regional missionary Finda Quiwa (standing, back left, in black head dress) funded the two-day campaign. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

United Methodists preach peaceful Sierra Leone elections

A team of young adults hit the road to promote an anti-violence message ahead of March 7 elections. 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. The Commission on Archives and History offers a number of archives and resources on the history of Methodism. 1968 file photo courtesy of the United Methodist Commission on Archives and History.

Administrative agencies support ministry in myriad ways

Administrative agencies of The United Methodist Church support the denomination’s ministry in myriad ways. This is the final story in a series assessing the work of United Methodist agencies. Read More

Luella Krieger portrays Priscilla from the New Testament, often thought to have been the first female preacher or teacher in early church history. Krieger travels the U.S. as an evangelist doing first-person dramatizations of biblical heroines. Photo courtesy of Luella Krieger.

Evangelists aim to bring Bible to life

Evangelists who proclaim the good news for a living have found new ways to lead revival. Still, it’s a challenging career path. Read More

The “United Methodist Women in Manila” video highlights institutions in Manila, Philippines, founded by the Women’s Foreign Missionaries Association. UMW visited the programs during the “Looking Forward: Women Transcending Boundaries in Solidarity” conference. Video courtesy of United Methodist Women.

Membership agencies focus on advocacy, connections

United Methodist Women and United Methodist Men are advocates on issues such as maternal health and domestic violence. Both are working to strengthen local and conference connections. Third in a... Read More

The president of United Methodist Women in Kibombo, known as “Mama Faila,” carries items received as part of a food security project sponsored by the Global Health unit of the Board of Global Ministries and the Tunda Foundation. The 12-month project was launched in September and targets United Methodists from 10 local churches. Photo courtesy of the East Congo Annual Conference.

United Methodists in DRC get farming help

The Global Health unit of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries is helping farmers in the East Congo Conference improve agricultural production and fight malnutrition. Read More

Bishop John Yambasu delivers his maiden speech as chancellor of United Methodist University in Sierra Leone at the launching and dedication service of the university on Jan. 27. Seated in the front row are the Rev. Kim Cape and Bishop Rosemary Wenner. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

United Methodists in Sierra Leone celebrate launch of university

Bishops John Yambasu, Rosemarie Wenner and others look forward to a brighter future at the dedication of United Methodist University. Read More

The Rev. John Zimmerman had been a United Methodist pastor for 28 years when he and wife, Christine, felt called to take their ministry on the road. The evangelists now travel in their RV from church to church with goal of getting congregations out into their communities. Photo courtesy of the Zimmermans.

Evangelists seek to revitalize churches

Their ministries can look different from that of their sawdust-trail forebears. However, some United Methodists still answer the call to full-time evangelism. Read More

United Methodists were among demonstrators who converged on the U.S. Capitol Dec. 7, 2017, to advocate that Congress act to protect undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. Photo by Tricia Bruckbauer, Church and Society.

Advocacy agency issues make headlines

Three United Methodist agencies that advocate for social justice and equality have seen their issues rocket into international headlines in the past year. This is the second in a series... Read More

The Rev. Andy Oliver of Allendale United Methodist Church in St. Petersburg prays with Luis Blanco in front of the Tampa immigration office on January 30, 2018. Blanco was deported to Mexico on Feb. 8. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Andy Oliver.

Immigrant supported by church deported

A Mexican immigrant who had been allowed to stay in the U.S. to care for his family was deported last week — despite the efforts of a United Methodist church... Read More

Bishop Ciriaco Q. Francisco (left) presides over a meeting of the United Methodist Committee on Central Conference Matters in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. At right is the Rev. Deanna Stickley-Miner. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Church leaders hear Way Forward update

Members of four international church leadership bodies, including many General Conference delegates, offered thoughts about possible church futures. Read More

“See All the People” is a video produced by Discipleship Ministries as part of a disciple-making initiative aimed at encouraging United Methodists to connect with people in their communities. Video image courtesy of Discipleship Ministries. Video image courtesy of Discipleship Ministries.

Church agencies stress results, partnerships

The three largest program agencies of The United Methodist Church are stressing results and partnerships. This is the first in a series of four stories about the agencies of the... Read More

Orphans are being sheltered in a church orphanage in Kindu or with host families after rebel violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo displaced residents there. Seated (center, in blue shirt) is East Congo Area Bishop Gabriel Yemba Unda, along with his wife, Marie Claire Unda (to his right), who has been gathering the orphans for Bible study and meals twice a week.

United Methodists help displaced in DRC

United Methodists distribute aid to people displaced by violence in the East Congo Episcopal Area. Read More

Nikki Humbles, a licensed cosmetologist from Brock, Texas, drove four hours on Jan. 27, 2018, to provide free haircuts to Native youth at Clinton Church and Community Center in Clinton, Okla. Humbles became involved with the Clinton ministry after attending a mission trip with Brock United Methodist Church in July 2016. Photo courtesy of Clinton Church and Community Center.

Texas volunteers offer free haircuts to Native families

Nearly 20 children in Oklahoma kicked off the new year with new looks, and their parents were grateful for the money-saving service. Read More

The Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell. A photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS. 2014

Commentary: Church should do more to fight racism

The Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell writes that fairness should motivate The United Methodist Church to do more to fight racism in the church and the world. Read More

Army chaplain Col. Timothy Mallard reunites with Capt. Doug Waite, a United Methodist and retired Navy chaplain, during the taping of “We’ll Meet Again,” episode “Heroes of 9/11,” airing Feb. 13 on PBS. Photo courtesy of Simon Harries/Blink Films.

Chaplains reunited on PBS special ‘We’ll Meet Again’

United Methodist Navy Chaplain Doug Waite and Army Chaplain Timothy Mallard talk about meeting during a crucial time after the Pentagon attack on 9/11. Read More