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Members of Embrace Church in northern California’s Bay Area pose for a group selfie. The new church, which launched officially in July 2015, began as a small group of Oakland Korean United Methodist Church.

How to reclaim the church-planting tradition

Methodists once planted at least a church a day. Today’s United Methodists are recovering their heritage — with a modern twist. Read More

“Deep Denial,” a book about white supremacy written by a United Methodist pastor, recently won the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Award in the Current Events/Social Change category. Photo courtesy of Margery Freeman. Cropped from original artwork; title only.

Still in ‘Deep Denial’ on race

United Methodist white pastor with new book on white supremacy saw church as ‘a beacon of hope’ while growing up in segregation-era South. Read More

Annie Pfeiffer Chapel is one of 12 structures designed by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright for the campus of Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida. Wright agreed to create a master plan for the campus and to design 18 buildings. Ultimately, the college completed 12 structures. It still owns all the designs. Photo courtesy of Florida Southern College.

Florida Southern: A Frank Lloyd Wright treasure trove

Florida Southern College, with the most Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings of any single site, was named a United Methodist Historic Site this year. Read More

The Rev. James Dwyer reports June 18 to Claremont United Methodist Church, in Claremont, Calif., on the recent California-Pacific Conference gathering. The conference approved Dwyer’s motion asking the Judicial Council for a declaratory decision on the constitutionality of church law and Social Principles language stating that the practice of homosexuality is “incompatible with Christian teaching.” Photo by Terry Givens.

Petitions: ‘Incompatible’ is unconstitutional

Denmark and California-Pacific take on language at core of homosexuality debate. Read More

The Rev. Oscar Bolioli and Maria Cristina Ferrou accept the Council of Bishops Ecumenical Award from Bishop Mary Ann Swenson on behalf of the Rev. Mortimer Arias of Uraguay while the Rev. Don Messer applauds. The award was presented during the May 17 morning worship of the United Methodist 2016 General Conference in Portland, Ore. File photo by Maile Bradfield, UMNS.

Latin American Methodist leader remembered

The Rev. Oscar Bolioli, a Methodist and ecumenical leader, died June 18 in his native Uruguay. Read More

Members of Embrace Church in northern California’s Bay Area pose for a group selfie. The new church, which launched officially in July 2015, began as a small group of Oakland Korean United Methodist Church. Photo courtesy of Embrace Church.

How to reclaim the church-planting tradition

Methodists once planted at least a church a day. Today’s United Methodists are recovering their heritage — with a modern twist. Read More

“Fear of the Other: No Fear in Love,” a new book by Bishop William H. Willimon, examines the “biology of fear” and the role Christians can play in welcoming those that are different from them. Book image courtesy of Abingdon Press

Bishop’s new book focuses on turning fear to love

In ‘Fear of the Other: No Fear in Love,’ United Methodist Bishop William H. Willimon explores the role of Christians in welcoming the ‘Others’ among us. Read More

United Methodist Bishop John Wesley Hardt. File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Bishop Hardt remembered as having ‘the heart of a pastor’

Church leader was known for amazing memory and pastor's heart. Read More

Odilon Mwaba (center) and Tikky Giorgio Olang’o (left) raise their caps in celebration at Africa University’s 2017 commencement. More than 700 students from 23 African countries graduated from the United Methodist university in Mutare, Zimbabwe. Photo courtesy of Africa University.

718 graduate at Africa University

The graduating class at the United Methodist university in Zimbabwe heard from an alumnus, a health sector executive. Read More

North Korea releases comatose Otto Warmbier

West Ohio Area Bishop Gregory Palmer expressed gratitude for the “long overdue release” of the young man who was arrested in 2016. Read More

Worshippers join in prayer at Impact Church, a United Methodist church in the Atlanta suburb in East Point, Ga. The church is one of the fastest-growing Protestant churches in the United States, and is an example of the strength of United Methodist new church starts. Photo courtesy of Impact Church.

Growing impact of new churches

In all the news of shrinking U.S. church attendance, it’s worth noting that starting new churches is an area where The United Methodist Church shows strength. Read More

Bishop Karen Oliveto (center) visits with her mother, Nelle Oliveto (left) and her wife, Robin Ridenour outside the April 25 meeting of the United Methodist Judicial Council meeting in Newark, N.J. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Reconsideration of gay bishop ruling sought

The Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops filed a motion to reconsider a United Methodist Judicial Council ruling from its April meeting. Read More

Chaya plants are thriving in Chivi, Zimbabwe. The shrub, commonly known as tree spinach, contains twice the protein, iron and calcium of spinach and six times Vitamin A of spinach. Africa University launched the Chaya Plant Project in Chivi, one of Zimbabwe’s driest areas, with hopes to improve public health in Africa. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Africa University Special Coverage

A South American plant is taking root in the driest region of Zimbabwe. And in the hands of Africa University's Margaret Tagwira, it is saving lives. Read More

Courtesy photo of The Rev. Darryl W. Stephens, United Methodist Communications.

Commentary: Christian ethics in volatile times

What should a United Methodist do when there is a conflict between church law and moral conscience? The Rev. Darryl W. Stephens looks at past answers to that question. Read More

Yeabu Kamara, former chairman of the restructuring committee at Kissy Hospital, hands the certificate of recognition to hospital administrator Joseph Mbogba along with communication gadgets that were part of the award. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS

Sierra Leone hospital celebrates turnaround

Certificate from the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries recognizes Kissy hospital’s transformation to a renewed, self-sustaining facility. Read More

The Claremont School of Theology class of 2017 is the largest ever, with nearly 80 students receiving degrees. The 2017 class also includes the first class of hybrid/online students.

Claremont facing financial difficulties

With its largest enrollment in 35 years, the United Methodists seminary is considering relocation to remain in operation. Read More

Harford School for Girls, a United Methodist school in Moyamba, Sierra Leone, is the oldest girls’ school in the country. Teenage pregnancy jumped in Sierra Leone when schools were closed during the Ebola outbreak. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

Teen pregnancy problem after Ebola

Sierra Leone schools are now dealing with how to educate girls who got pregnant while the schools were closed during the deadly Ebola outbreak. Read More

Jörg Niederer stands on the balcony at his home in Frauenfeld, Switzerland, holding a tablet that shows the route he will take on his pilgrimage across Europe to John Wesley’s gravesite in London, England. Photo courtesy of Jörg Niederer.

Spiritual pilgrimage to Wesley’s grave

Walking journey will take United Methodist pastor from his Swiss home through at least four European countries before arriving in London. Read More

Connecting faith and culture

Oklahoma couple works to bring balance to young Native people’s lives. Read More

Edward Ainza, center with flags, and other members of the dance group at International Methodist Church Oslo perform a praise song during Super Sunday worship on May 21. The multicultural church, which shares space with the first United Methodist church in Oslo, is one of Norway’s fastest growing. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS.

Growing church blends cultures, worship

What does church vitality look like in Norway? One example is a United Methodist church that combines hip-hop, K-Pop, and multiple nationalities. Read More

The Rev. M Barclay, at left, kneels at the Northern Illinois Conference’s commissioning of provisional deacons on June 4 in St. Charles, Ill. Barclay is the first openly “non-binary trans person” to become a United Methodist deacon. Photo by Anne Marie Gerhardt, Northern Illinois Conference.

Transgender person commissioned as deacon

The United Methodist Church has no official position on transgender clergy. M Barclay is believed to be the church’s first non-binary trans person to be commissioned. Read More