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Nombhedesho Maquba (standing, left) volunteers with a soup kitchen ministry operated by young adults of The United Methodist Church of South Africa in Durban.

Young United Methodists start soup kitchen in South Africa

The United Methodist Church’s Young Adult Organization launches community service project to help those in need and spread the word of God. Read More

 
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Kim and Donna Hines of Rockport, Texas, who lost their home in Hurricane Harvey, accept a quilt from Zelina Alvarado, a case management worker from the Rio Texas Conference. The conference was able to find financing and volunteer labor that helped the couple make a new home from their garage and a second structure on their property. Photo courtesy of the Rio Texas Conference.

Rio Texas offers hurricane recovery tour

United Methodist conference notes progress made, but need for volunteers continues nine months after Harvey. Read More

A composite of photos shows children in the Punia Territory of the Democratic Republic of Congo working in the local mining industry. The church is helping children who are being forced to work at a young age, many of whom are orphans. Photos courtesy of the Rev. Bundibani Mikembe, Punia District superintendent.

Congo United Methodists fight recruiting children for mining

Children, including many orphans, in the Punia Territory have little choice but to work in the mining industry. Read More

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions faces criticism, even charges under church law, from fellow United Methodists unhappy with his enforcement and justification of the Trump Administration's zero tolerance policy on immigration violations. Official portrait by United States Department of Justice.

Clergy, laity file complaint against Sessions

The attorney general is accused of violating The United Methodist Church’s law through enforcement of zero tolerance immigration policy. Read More

Sessions criticized for ‘zero tolerance’ Bible quote

Fellow United Methodists among those faulting attorney general for immigration policy, rhetoric. Read More

Members of the 2018 Michigan Annual Conference meet in Traverse City, Mich. Conferences, including Michigan, voted on resolutions that signal their aspirations for the special General Conference in 2019. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Annual conferences mixed on bishops’ plan

Some have endorsed the bishops’ recommended One Church Model. Some want a more traditionalist approach. Read More

United Methodist clergywomen from the Zimbabwe Episcopal Area gather for a leadership development workshop in Harare. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UMNS.

United Methodist clergywomen urged to overcome odds

Bishop Eben K. Nhiwatiwa tells workshop participants it is time for church and society to recognize clergywomen’s leadership role. Read More

Nombhedesho Maquba (standing, left) volunteers with a soup kitchen ministry operated by young adults of The United Methodist Church of South Africa in Durban. Photo by Nandipha Mkwalo, UMNS.

Young United Methodists start soup kitchen in South Africa

The United Methodist Church’s Young Adult Organization launches community service project to help those in need and spread the word of God. Read More

The Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit, the World Council of Churches’ top executive, left, and Andrzej Choromański of the Roman Catholic Church’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, present a graphic symbol of the June 21 visit by Pope Francis to the WCC during a May 15 press conference in Geneva. Photo by Albin Hillert/WCC

Pope Francis, Koreans to attend WCC gathering

United Methodists will be part of the meeting at the ecumenical group’s headquarters in Geneva. Read More

Zimbabwe Area Bishop Eben K. Nhiwatiwa (second from right) toured the new Munyarari Mission health clinic in Mutare, Zimbabwe, during the early stages of construction. Bel Air United Methodist Church in Bel Air, Maryland, funded the new facility as part of a Chabadza partnership with the Zimbabwe East Conference. Photo by Eveline Chikwanah, UMNS.

Maryland church helps fund new Zimbabwe health clinic

Work has begun on a modern health facility at Munyarari Mission, which will include a maternity wing, outpatient rooms and staff housing. Read More

A person standing in the United States reaches their hand toward Mexico along the border fence at El Faro Park in Tijuana, Mexico, in 2012. United Methodists are joining opposition to a new “zero tolerance” policy that is separating immigrant families. File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

United Methodists fight separation of immigrant families

A new “zero tolerance” policy which takes children away from their families is inhumane, faith leaders say. Read More