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The importance of not adhering to traditional burial rituals protects family members from spreading the Ebola virus. Liberia has incorporated the visual arts in mural form in order to communicate information about Ebola.

Commentary: Artists join Ebola fight in Liberia

Murals share anti-Ebola health messages in Liberia. Read More

After Typhoon Hagupit, a family in Taft in the province of Eastern Samar sits by a sign that says buligi kami, which translates “Help us please.” Photo by Marlon Paano Lasaca

Swift evacuations show lessons learned from Haiyan

Education and preparedness saved lives in Typhoon Hagupit. Read More

A man salvages electrical wire in January 2005 from an area of former beachfront homes that were flattened by the tsunami in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. This month marks the 10th anniversary of the Dec. 26, 2004, Indian Ocean tsunami. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

10 years later, pointing to a good tsunami recovery

After a generous outpouring, United Methodists invested millions to work with communities displaced by Dec. 26, 2004, Indian Ocean tsunami. Read More

(From left) Jane Bucher, Pauline Alvirez, David Alvirez, Raul Alegria, Bilha Alegria, Bishop Minerva Carcaño are a few of the attendees of the Dec. 6 awards dinner at Scarritt Bennett.

Courageous women honored at Scarritt Bennett dinner

Center began honoring social activists seven years ago. Read More

Young adults from the Sierra Leone Annual Conference reenact skits relating the Ebola virus prevention and treatment in effort to educate. Their efforts are target people who cannot read or write or have access to radio and new media. The person in the head wrap represents an herbalist who works in “African magic.” In the skit, the young man affected with Ebola is brought to the herbalist but dies. The brother who was exposed to the Ebola patient survives as he reports for (medical) treatment early. The message is that no superstitious power can cure Ebola; contact with an infected person can lead to infection; and there is a better chance for survival if one reports it early. The training was developed by the Youth and Young Adult Ministries. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS

News Service poll: Ebola voted top story of 2014

Church communicators vote Ebola and The United Methodist Church's efforts to fight the deadly virus as the top story of 2014. Read More

United Methodists this year mourned the passing of pioneering leaders of United Methodist Women, a founder of United Methodist Men and a poet who met with Presidents. Photo illustration by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications

2014: United Methodists of note remembered

United Methodists mourned the passing of pioneering leaders of United Methodist Women, a champion of United Methodist Men and a poet who met with Presidents. Read More

A woman carries a 25-kilogram (55-pound) bag of rice she received through the food distribution in Topoe Village outside Monrovia by the United Methodist Committee on Relief and The United Methodist Church in Liberia. Photo by Julu Swen, UMNS

Food arrives in time for Christmas in Ebola-ravaged village

Food distribution makes Christmas a little brighter for Ebola survivors and others in Liberian village. Read More

Steven Benson, an Anglican priest and TV producer, shoots video of the congregation at Knutsford Methodist Church in Cheshire, England, to share with the United Methodist Erlöserkirche (Church of the Redeemer) in Bremen, Germany, on Christmas Eve. Photo by Kathleen LaCameraUMNS

WWI truce spurs Christmas Eve call for peace

Methodist congregations in England, Germany have joined together to observe 100th anniversary of unofficial truce. Read More

President Obama greets supporters from the doorway of Air Force One upon his arrival at Berry Field Air National Guard Base in Nashville, Tennessee. Obama spoke about his recent executive actions on immigration at Casa Azafrán, an immigrant community center.

President Obama: Faith is seeing the stranger as yourself

Obama speaks at Nashville immigrant community center about shifting priorities on deportations. Read More

United Methodist Chaplain William “Tom” Carter (center), age 26, helps an injured man whose truck hit a mine 30 miles north of Saigon, Vietnam. Carter added the cross to his helmet with a grease pencil.

Chaplain looks back on 50 years of service to church

Chaplain Tom Carter said, “My ministry started with this agency and is coming to a time of wonderful reflection of what I have done in this service.” Read More

Image courtesy of the Rev. Fred A. Allen

Commentary: How is the church doing with injustice?

United Methodists must once again reclaim the denomination’s rich tradition of holiness and social activism. Read More

Members of Church of the Village, a multiethnic United Methodist congregation in Manhattan, join together after worship Nov. 30 in a show of solidarity with peaceful protesters in Ferguson, Mo. The church plans a prayer vigil at 5:30 p.m. ET Dec. 11.  Photo courtesy of Church of the Village

After grand jury rulings, what is the church’s witness?

United Methodists find ways to work toward racial justice and bridge the gap between police and communities. Read More

Blind students help lead the singing during the celebration of United Methodist Student Day at Stephen Trowen Nagbe United Methodist Church in Liberia. The church distributed food and other items to the physically challenged students and their families.

Amid Ebola, Liberian church celebrates Student Day

United Methodist Student Day was observed in Liberia although the Ebola crisis meant it was not the usual day of pomp and pageantry. Read More

An office at St. Francis in the Foothills United Methodist Church has been converted into a bedroom for Francisco Perez Cordova since he took sanctuary at the church to avoid possible deportation. Photo courtesy St. Francis in the Foothills United Methodist Church

Arizona church takes lead in offering sanctuary

United Methodist advocates call on other churches to consider harboring immigrants at risk of deportation. Read More

The Rev. F. Willis Johnson speaks at Howard University in Washington in an economic class where students did a case study on Ferguson. Photo courtesy of Akyiah Phillips.

All lives matter — A lesson from Hebrew midwives

Ferguson pastor shares what two lesser-known heroes of Exodus can teach today in responding to two grand juries' decisions. Read More

Evacuation preparation takes place in a gymnasium in Isabel Leyte, Philippines, an area of high risk. Photo courtesy of Sharon Aradanas

UPDATE: Typhoon Hagupit batters Philippines

United Methodists provide shelter for evacuees from Typhoon Hagupit, while other churches are underwater from flooding. Read More

Ehui Eboua, infectious and tropical diseases specialist, displays his PowerPoint while teaching the staff of the Voice of Hope Radio about the Ebola threat. Seated next to him is M. Hyacinthe Besse, Côte d’Ivoire United Methodist Health Board’s coordinator. Photo by Isaac Broune, UMNS

Communicating hope amid Ebola crisis

West African countries without Ebola are looking at communications needs if there were an outbreak. Read More

Staff members of Kissy United Methodist Hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone, sing during a memorial service Dec. 2, 2014, for their colleague, Dr. Martin Salia, who died from Ebola. The service was held at Brown Memorial United Methodist Church, on the hospital grounds. Photo by Phileas Jusus, UMNS

Doctor who died of Ebola remembered as hero

Salia’s death called ‘irreparable loss’ at memorial and thanksgiving service in Sierra Leone. Read More

United Methodist preacher, Victor Gnangbi, and Claudia N’Guessan use hand sanitizer before communion at a United Methodist church in western Côte d’Ivoire. Photo by Isaac Broune, UMNS

Ebola cause for concern in Côte d’Ivoire

'Our borders are not walls with doors where we can prevent someone from entering or leaving.' Threat of Ebola changes Côte d’Ivoire. Read More

The Rev. H. Eddie Fox reads the gospel lesson during morning worship at the 2008 United Methodist General Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. Fox has retired as head of World Methodist Evangelism after 25 years.

Evangelist: Traveling the world to spread gospel

As head of World Methodist Evangelism, the Rev. H Eddie Fox has traveled millions of miles to spread gospel of Jesus Christ. Read More