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Volunteers wait to help recover bodies of those killed in flooding and a mudslide near Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Church leaders visit Sierra Leone disaster area

United Methodist bishop prays for God to have mercy on Sierra Leone as he leads clergy group to visit two communities devastated by flooding and a mudslide. Read More

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The congregation of Guam United Methodist Church celebrated their building’s 20th anniversary in June. The church building has withstood the island’s frequent typhoons and earthquakes. Guam became the center of the threatened nuclear showdown last week between North Korea and the U.S.

Guam church prays for restraint on nuclear threat

Although many on island are “unfazed” by nuclear threat, a “greater danger” arising from U.S.-North Korea confrontation is acknowledged. Read More

 
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Volunteers wait to help recover bodies of those killed in flooding and a mudslide near Freetown, Sierra Leone. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS

Church leaders visit Sierra Leone disaster area

United Methodist bishop prays for God to have mercy on Sierra Leone as he leads clergy group to visit two communities devastated by flooding and a mudslide. Read More

A view of Sugar Loaf Mountain in Regent area of Freetown, Sierra Leone, shows the breadth of the area that was devastated by flooding on Aug. 14. Torrential rains led a mudslide that resulted in the death of nearly 400 people with figures expected to rise as recovery efforts continue. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

Hundreds dead, missing in Sierra Leone mudslides, flooding

The numbers of dead and missing after torrential rains led to deadly mudslides is expected to rise as recovery efforts continue. Read More

The congregation of Guam United Methodist Church celebrated their building’s 20th anniversary in June. The church building has withstood the island’s frequent typhoons and earthquakes. Guam became the center of the threatened nuclear showdown last week between North Korea and the U.S. Photo by Johann Osias.

Guam church prays for restraint on nuclear threat

Although many on island are “unfazed” by nuclear threat, a “greater danger” arising from U.S.-North Korea confrontation is acknowledged. Read More

Women weave a loom of prayer at Wellspring United Methodist Church in Ferguson, Mo. The prayer loom was among the ways United Methodists across the United States addressed the violence in Charlottesville, Va. Photo courtesy of the Rev. F. Willis Johnson.

At Sunday worship, pastors decry racism

After witnessing the white supremacy that led to deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, United Methodists across the U.S. spent Sunday proclaiming a different way in Christ. Read More

Bishop Minerva Carcaño and Bishop Mande Muyombo offer communion during opening worship at the 46th MARCHA Assembly in Dallas. MARCHA, the denomination’s Hispanic/Latino caucus, met at a Dallas hotel but held worship services in Perkins Chapel, at Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS.

Prophetic speaking a given at MARCHA

The church’s Hispanic/Latino caucus discusses Trump effect and celebrates 25th anniversary of the National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministry. Read More

United Methodists were among demonstrators from 14 states who joined in the anti-racism protests in Charlottesville, Virginia. The march turned deadly when a car rammed through a group protesters who were there to counter the Aug. 12 march by white nationalists fighting the moving of a Confederate statue. Photo by Richard Lord, UMNS.

Church shelters protesters amid deadly turmoil

First United Methodist Church provides safe space for anti-racism protesters after turmoil around a white nationalist rally turns deadly. Read More

The Rev. Susan Ferguson (center) of Asbury United Methodist Church in Lafayette, La., prays with Trent Noel (right) and his son, Jay Barnes, who are gutting flood-damaged drywall at the home of Noel's mother in Lafayette, La., in August 2016. As the one-year anniversary of the flood approaches, United Methodists in Louisiana are looking for more volunteer teams to continue the recovery work. File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Louisiana needs flood-recovery volunteers

A year after Louisiana's “1,000-year rain,” United Methodists are helping residents with home repairs and other support services. Read More

Delegate George Howard moves to approve a request from the United Methodist Council of Bishops during the 2016 General Conference in Portland, Ore. General Conference agreed to let the bishops name a commission charged with advising how the denomination might stay together despite divisions over homosexuality. The Commission on a Way Forward's closed-door meetings approach has found support and criticism. File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Commission’s closed meetings find support, criticism

Some endorse Commission on a Way Forward’s approach. Others say it violates the church’s stance on transparency. Read More

Youth participate in afternoon crafts at the Native American International Caucus’ Family Camp held July 24-27, 2017, in Gore, Okla. It’s the first time the camp has been held in nearly a decade. Photo by Ginny Underwood, UMNS.

Native American Family Camp returns

Gathering focuses on strengthening health and vitality among Native people and communities. Read More

United Methodist-related Hatfield Archer Memorial Hospital in Rotifunk, Sierra Leone, was closed for years because of the civil war there but has recently started offering some needed surgical procedures for men. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

Sierra Leone hospital brings needed relief

Twenty-two years after the country’s civil war, Hatfield Archer Hospital has started long-needed surgeries for men. Read More

Bishop Kasap Owan is leader of The United Methodist Church’s South Congo Episcopal Area. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Bishop grapples with great needs and growth

Bishop Kasap Owan leads more than 1 million United Methodists in Congo and Zambia. He aspires for them to become self-sustaining but needs help. Read More

The Rev. Kirk VanGilder, a Deaf United Methodist elder, communicates in sign language during the Aug. 1, 2017, opening worship service at the Global Methodist Missions Conference of the Deaf in Waxahachie, Texas. Photo by Sam Hodges, United Methodist Communications.

Deaf ministry moves toward empowerment

Global Methodist Missions Conference of the Deaf offers makes history with certified lay servant course. Read More

The local committee for the “BalikBayanihan2018” convocation, set for Jan. 3-6, had its first meeting at the United Methodist Headquarters in Manila.

Filipinos to come home for a mission

BalikBayanihan2018, a convocation set for Jan. 3-6 in Manila, Philippines, is being organized by Filipino-American United Methodists and a local committee. Read More

Retired United Methodist Bishop Joel Martinez speaks during a rally at the Texas State Capitol protesting a proposed bill that would keep transgender Texans from using bathrooms that align with their gender identity. About 200 United Methodists were among the 500 people at the event. Photo by Susan Risdon.

Rallying against Texas ‘bathroom bill’

About 200 United Methodists are among 500 at interfaith advocacy event in Austin, Texas, encouraging a vote against bill affecting transgender people. Read More

The Rev. Joseph Theoway (front) describes his vision for the restoration of the Liberian Annual Conference’s agricultural center in White Plains, which was destroyed during the country's civil war. Theoway is flanked by caretakers who are maintaining what is left of the facility.

‘Agriculture is life’ for Liberian United Methodists

The United Methodist Rural and Agricultural Development Program aims to feed fellow Liberians and teach them to feed themselves. Read More

The Rev. J. Phil Wogaman (right) and Bishop LaTrelle Miller Easterling greet each other during the 233rd session of the Baltimore-Washington Conference in Washington, D.C. Wogaman handed in his clergy credentials during the clergy session over the case of T.C. Morrow, a lesbian who was not approved for ordination as a deacon in 2016 or 2017 and for others he feels have been excluded. Photo by Dawn M. Hand, Foundry United Methodist Church.

Conferences take on immigration, sexuality

The denomination’s long-running debate about LGBTQ people was on display, as was many conferences’ commitment to the sojourner. Read More

United Methodist Women hold up placards with inscriptions calling for an end to violence against females in Freetown on July 27. The women from the Sierra Leone Annual Conference took to the streets to protest against the growing violence against women and girls in the country.

Protesting a ‘culture of silence’ in Sierra Leone

United Methodist Women march in Freetown streets to draw attention to growing violence against women and girls. Read More

Bishop Samuel J. Quire Jr. says he wants The United Methodist Church in Liberia to be more self-sufficient, and he believes rural development is a way to make that happen. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Liberian bishop seeks to go ‘back to the soil’

Bishop Samuel Quire Jr. believes the path to sustainability for the Liberian church is in rural development. Read More

Mike McHargue, aka Science Mike, talks science in a live appearance at an event in Columbus, Ohio. McHargue and members of The Liturgists podcast team make live appearances throughout the year. A member of Good Samaritan United Methodist Church in Tallahassee, Fla., McHargue has become a major phenomenon on the internet for answering questions on faith and science in his “Ask Science Mike” podcast. Photo courtesy of Mike McHargue.

Science Mike brings religion, science together

United Methodist answers questions on science, faith and life in popular “Ask Science Mike” podcast. Read More

United Methodist Bishop Ciriaco Francisco speaks at a demonstration on the day of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s State of the Nation address on July 24 in Manila. Both Francisco and retired Bishop Solito K. Toquero denounced the extension of martial law in Mindanao. Photo by Sonny G. Dela Pena.

United Methodists decry Mindanao martial law

United Methodists condemned the extension of martial law in Mindanao, joining in demonstrations and other protests. Read More