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The Rev. P. Harvey Willie, superintendent of the Gbarnga district, talks with two United Methodist clergymen about the Ebola outbreak in Liberia. Willie, center, is shown with the Rev. Boye Davis, left, an instructor at the Gbarnga School of Theology, and the Rev. David Bondo, Jorkoleh district superintendent. UMNS photo by Julu Swen

Liberian church hit hard even as Ebola pace slows

Nine fatalities in one United Methodist congregation, with others under treatment. Read More

Bishop Elaine Stanovsky speaks about Sand Creek Massacre at the Rocky Mountain Annual Conference in Pueblo in June while holding a rock from Act of Repentance from the 2012 United Methodist General Conference.  Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS

United Methodists to observe Sand Creek 150th

Church members will join in Colorado commemoration of massacre that a Methodist clergyman led against a Native American village. Read More

Churchgoers' offering accumulates to support the work of bishops and general agencies, among other global church efforts. Photo illustration by Joey Butler and Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

Bishops to get a 3 percent raise in 2015

The United Methodist Church's finance agency based the pay increase on a bishop compensation study and trends in the secular workforce. Read More

Côte d’Ivoire United Methodist Women bow their heads in prayer at a service celebration the women’s partnership with the social media network Pubcell CI. Photo by Isaac Broune, UMNS

African women earn money via cellphone subscription

Profits from cellphone advertising on a social media network are providing money for United Methodist women in Côte d’Ivoire to start businesses. Read More

Christ's Foundry United Methodist Church in Dallas held a watch party for President Obama's Thursday, Nov. 20 televised address on immigration. Before the address, volunteers took names and addresses of those attending, hoping to help with their application for legal status.

United Methodists praise president’s immigration order

President Barack Obama’s executive order offer mercy and justice but it fails to answer everyone’s prayers. Read More

Marchers assemble in the Wesleyan University gymnasium before walking a mile in solidarity to the Plaza Lucero for a candlelight vigil to express displeasure with government corruption. Photo courtesy of Gladys P. Mangiduyos

Filipino church members walk for accountability

United Methodists in the Philippines join calls to end use of “pork barrel” public funds by government officials. Read More

One of the panels in a quilt at the United Methodist Commission on Archives and History depicts two women in a reflective pose, representing the struggle of women for representation and ordination. Photo courtesy of the United Methodist Commission on Archives and History

A United Methodist story of welcoming the immigrant

The current debate over immigration brings The United Methodist Church's history of working with long-ago immigrant women into focus. Read More

Members of the university community kneel in prayer during a service at Landis Green at Florida State University in Tallahassee following a shooting in the school's library. Photo by Alvaro Gabaldon, Florida State University

Campus ministry offers support, prayers after FSU shootings

United Methodist students at University of Florida express ‘solidarity’ with FSU Wesley Foundation after shootings. Read More

Light and Life United Methodist Church in Tacloban City, Philippines, is still housed in a temporary building a year after Typhoon Yolanda destroyed the previous sanctuary. Photo by Iris Terana and Geraldine Ayoste, UMNS

Light and Life Church rises from typhoon wreckage

Recovery from Typhoon Yolanda continues to be a struggle. Read More

Worship at Providence United Methodist Church in Mount Juliet, Tenn. takes place in a middle school.Today the church has a regular attendance of about 1,000, but it has delayed building a church to focus on mission.  Photo courtesy of Providence United Methodist Church.

New churches rise, but overall vitality dips

New churches often are the most vital and can play a key role in reversing membership declines, church leaders say. Read More

Children hold bowls of food served by a feeding initiative created by a United Methodist pastor to feed Ebola orphans and those quarantined during the Ebola crisis. Hundreds of children are fed in the slum community of West Point in Monrovia.

United Methodist pastors feeding Ebola orphans

Two United Methodist pastors have started feeding programs to help children not being reached by government programs. Read More

Dawn Wiggins Hare visits with Alice Finch Lee during a celebration for Lee’s 100th birthday at First United Methodist Church in Monroeville, Ala. Photo by Marianne Lee, a family member.

Alice Lee, United Methodist leader, dies at 103

Lee, the lawyer sister of author Harper Lee, served the church at all levels. Read More

Abdul-Rahman Peter Kassig was executed by the Islamic State group, but his parents want people to remember his dedication to assisting Syrians suffering during the civil war. Photo courtesy of Kassig family.

Kassig family remembers hostage son’s desire to help

United Methodist couple is “heartbroken” after son’s murder by Islamic State group, but salute his efforts to ease suffering of Syrian people. Read More

Dr. Martin Salia, shown at United Methodist Kissy Hospital outside Freetown, Sierra Leone, in March, has tested positive for Ebola.  .The hospital was closed Nov. 11 after Salia, chief medical officer and surgeon, received the diagnosis. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Church mourns Ebola death of Sierra Leone surgeon

United Methodists in Sierra Leone, U.S., are trying to come to terms with the death of Dr. Martin Salia from Ebola, who was flown to Nebraska for treatment. Read More

Sia Nyama Koroma, the first lady of Sierra Leone (center) tours The United Methodist Church's Kissy Hospital guided by Dr. Martin Salia and Catherine Norman. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

We must support Dr. Salia, Ebola caregivers

Larry Hollon says we owe gratitude to those who put themselves in harm’s way to bring well-being to West Africa. Read More

Steven Lambert, general counsel for The United Methodist Church’s General Council on Finance and Administration. Photo courtesy of the General Council on Finance and Administration.

Tax break for clergy housing allowance stands

But appeals court panel did not address underlying constitutional question, United Methodists point out. Read More

Dr. Martin Salia, shown at the United Methodist Church's Kissy Hospital outside Freetown, Sierra Leone, in April, has tested positive for Ebola. The hospital was closed Nov. 11 after his diagnosis. He is being evaluated and may be transferred to Nebraska Medical Center for treatment. The hospital was closed Nov. 11 after his diagnosis. He is being evaluated and may be transferred to Nebraska Medical Center for treatment.

Surgeon may come to US for Ebola treatment

Dr. Martin Salia, surgeon at United Methodist Kissy Hospital, is the sixth doctor in Sierra Leone to be infected with the deadly virus. Read More

Green Street Church's pastor is facing a complaint for not officiating at a same-sex wedding. The Rev. Kelly Carpenter is sympathetic to the couple filing the complaint. He sees the church's inclusion as key to its growth. Photo courtesy of Green Street Church

Gay couple files complaint for refusal of wedding

Pastor facing complaint is sympathetic. He says the church’s call to be in ministry with all contradicts ban on same-sex blessings. Read More

United Methodist Bishop Deborah Kiesey.

Same-sex marriage complaint against Michigan pastors resolved

Two United Methodist pastors will not go to trial for officiating at same-sex unions. Read More

Pastor Iris Picardal Terana describes how floodwaters from the 2013 typhoon washed through Light and Life United Methodist Church in Tacloban, Philippines.  A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose

Commentary: Is the Philippines ready for an earthquake?

A year after typhoon, disaster preparedness is a high priority in Philippines. Read More