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The Rev. Joseph Reiff reads from his book “Born of Conviction: White Methodists and Mississippi’s Closed Society” at a book release event in Abingdon, Va., on December 5, 2015.

Mississippi pastors paid price for segregation challenge

Joseph Reiff’s book ʽBorn of Conviction’ tells how 28 white Methodist clergymen put a crack in state’s ʽClosed Society’ Read More

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Barbara Boigegrain, top executive of the United Methodist Board of Pension and Health Benefits, speaks in a 2016 pre-General Conference briefing video. Screenshot of video courtesy of the pension board

Pre-GC2016 video on divestment gets pushback

Some United Methodists believe the Pension Board went too far in telling central conference delegates how to vote on General Conference petitions. Read More

Cataract surgeon Isatu Sesay examines Mohamed Kamara’s eyes at the Lowell and Ruth Gess United Methodist Eye Hospital in eastern Freetown. Kamara is an Ebola survivor receiving free treatment.

Sierra Leone hospital gives sight to the blind

United Methodist eye hospitals offers free treatment to Ebola survivors with dangerous eye inflammation. Read More

Protesters against the United Methodist Church's stance on sexuality prepare to serve Holy Communion inside the bar of the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla.

Coalition to Africa bishops: Let’s talk

Group hopes to open channel for working together over LGBTQ rights in church. Read More

Gael Nonge (left, on bed) shares a hospital bed with Margelitte Enanga at The United Methodist Church's Irambo Health Center in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo. The two patients are not related. There were not enough beds for each to have her own.

Medical clinics, hospitals serve many with few resources

United Methodists support health care in East Congo, but one doctor says more money and doctors are needed. Read More

A young girl who lost her brother to Ebola speaks to a church congregation about how to prevent catching or spreading the disease in this screen shot from the animated video, “Ebola: In Praise of Prevention.” Nashville-based United Methodist Communications collaborated with Chocolate Moose Media and UNICEF Togo to create the video aimed at the best methods for Ebola prevention.

New Ebola video emphasizes hygiene, prevention

United Methodist Church supports Ebola animation aimed at preventing a new outbreak of the deadly virus. Read More

The Rev. Joseph Reiff reads from his book “Born of Conviction: White Methodists and Mississippi’s Closed Society” at a book release event in Abingdon, Va., on December 5, 2015. Photo by Sarah K. Reiff.

Mississippi pastors paid price for segregation challenge

Joseph Reiff’s book ʽBorn of Conviction’ tells how 28 white Methodist clergymen put a crack in state’s ʽClosed Society’ Read More

A worker salvages bricks with a machete on the grounds of The United Methodist Church's Tunda Hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Reflections of life as a child of missionaries in the Belgian Congo

The Rev. Bill Lovell remembers Tunda in the 1940s and of his love of the Otetela people. Read More

The United Methodist Church at the Tunda Mission Station stands at the end of a tree-lined street in Tunda, Democratic Republic of Congo.

United Methodism flourishes in Tunda

The first missionaries to East Congo arrived in 1922. Today the Tunda District has 72 pastors and 68 churches. Read More

The Public Religion Research Institute has been tracking American religious and political identity. Its annual American Values Survey has results for all 50 states and the 30 largest metropolitan areas. Graph courtesy of PRRI

Charting U.S. religious change in an election season

Annual American Values Survey by Public Religion Research Institute shows impact of religious and cultural changes on U.S. politics. Read More

Charles Murithi, a reserve delegate from Nebraska, shops at the Cokesbury booth during the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla. The Discovery Institute, a policy think tank, sought a display at the 2016 General Conference and has protested the denial of its request. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Denial of GC2016 booth sparks protest

The Discovery Institute says United Methodists are censoring it by not allowing it a display. General Conference planners say the group is not in line with church teachings. Read More