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In a video file image, Bishop Bruce R. Ough, at podium, delivers a statement from the Council of Bishops about the formation of the Commission on a Way Forward during the 2016 General Conference in Portland, Ore.

Way Forward gets input on church future

The commission asked various United Methodists to describe their preferences regarding the extent of the inclusion of LGBTQ people within the church. Read More

 
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The Rev. Canon James George of the Anglican Church walks away with a new bicycle, a gift to his church after a three-day Bikes and Bibles training session in Bo, Sierra Leone. The program aims to support clergy engaged in rural evangelism by providing them with bicycles, motorcycles and Bibles to work in areas that are difficult to reach. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

Bikes boost church growth in Sierra Leone

Churches have been planted and attendance is up in areas where pastors received motorbikes and bicycles from the Bikes & Bibles program. Read More

In the 2012 edition of The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church, paragraph 161F of the Social Principles states

Use of ‘incompatible’ language on court agenda

The fall docket for the United Methodist Judicial Council includes two petitions asking whether reference to homosexuality violates the church’s constitution. Read More

United Methodist facing deportation

A 19-year-old who lives at a New Orleans United Methodist church is facing deportation as an undocumented immigrant. Read More

Scouts try paddle boarding at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree held July 19-28 at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in Glen Jean, W.Va. The United Methodist Church is the second-largest faith group represented at the event, with 3,500 professed United Methodists at the Boy Scouts of America’s quadrennial celebration. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Church’s big presence at Boy Scout Jamboree

Chaplains, volunteers and 3,500 United Methodist Scouts make the denomination the second-largest faith group at the quadrennial event. Read More

Members of the Commission on a Way Forward are pictured during their first meeting held in January 2017. Photo courtesy of commission.

Way Forward keeps mum on plans for church

The commission is looking at new ways to embody unity amid deep divisions around homosexuality. But it’s not ready to share those plans. Read More

The wining soccer team from the Domboramwari Circuit pose with their trophy during a sports gala held at Selborne Routledge Primary School in Harare. The two United Methodist conferences in Zimbabwe competed in a sports event aimed at promoting exercise for health. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UMNS.

Conferences promote sports for health

The two United Methodist conferences in Zimbabwe competed in a sports event aimed at promoting exercise for health. Read More

Mercy Chikhosi (in black shirt) regularly visits with the women of Nkhafi village in Malawi. She has an easy rapport with members of the village. “I developed a strong bond and a relationship so I continue visiting, influencing and motivating them to identify their needs and find solutions with local resources,” Chikhosi said. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Small business loans empower Malawi women

Through small business loans, Mercy Chikhosi believes in empowering women to support their families and communities. Read More

In a video file image, Bishop Bruce R. Ough, at podium, delivers a statement from the Council of Bishops about the formation of the Commission on a Way Forward during the 2016 General Conference in Portland, Ore. Video image courtesy of United Methodist Communications.

Way Forward gets input on church future

The commission asked various United Methodists to describe their preferences regarding the extent of the inclusion of LGBTQ people within the church. Read More

The Revs. Jeff Rainwater (left) and Jeremy Scott present a report on Yellowstone Conference's financial situation June 9 during the 2017 Annual Conference Session in Billings, Montana.

Yellowstone Conference facing financial crisis

Yellowstone’s financial problems are similar to those facing the rest of the church and having a “gay bishop is only one of many factors,” officials said. Read More

Bishop Hee-Soo Jung serves in the Wisconsin Episcopal Area. File photo by United Methodist Communications.

Roots of Faith in Korea: A United Methodist Bishop’s Journey

Bishop Hee-Soo Jung grew up on a small island with a view of North Korea. He credits U.S. missionaries and a kind neighbor for his conversion to Christianity. View

The Rev. Mustafa Isufi (left) speaks to participants of the first national convention of The United Methodist Church in Albania, meeting in Gjinar. Photo by Jean Nausner.

Albanian church holds national convention

The United Methodist Church in Albania holds national convention and first worship at the first United Methodist church in Durrës. Read More

Bishop Rodolfo A. Juan (left) hands out crayons to children who fled with their families to escape fighting between government forces and Islamic State militants on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. The families are staying at an evacuation center in Bito-Buadi, Marawi City, where United Methodists are helping those displaced. Photo by the Rev. Israel M Painit

Assisting those fleeing siege in Philippines

United Methodists are reaching out to civilians caught in battle with Islamic State militants in Marawi City, Philippines. Read More

Joseph Robbins and Alexandria Daponte, rising seniors at Duke Divinity School, discuss reasons they feel called to attend the United Methodist school of theology.

Duke Divinity School striving for diversity

Dean says diversity and equity are top priorities for faculty and student body. Read More

Amy Scoggin, a rising third-year Master of Divinity student. She is on track to be a provisional elder in the United Methodist Florida Annual Conference.  Photo by Kathy L. Gilbert, UMNS.

Profiles of student diversity at Duke

Forty-seven denominations are represented at United Methodist Duke Divinity School. Total enrollment in all degree programs is 631. Read More

Many United Methodist Men units in the United States struggle to reach younger men. The group’s National Gathering at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Indianapolis featured advice for how these groups can become fishers of millennials. Photo illustration by Lucas Allmann, Pexels

Becoming fishers of young men

United Methodist Men during their national gathering heard ideas on where to cast their nets to draw in millennial disciples. Read More

Inmates at Kentucky Prison in Harare, Zimbabwe, pose with their graduation certificates from a yearlong nutritional gardening course. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe.

Inmates learn to grow food

Seventeen inmates from a prison in Harare, Zimbabwe, graduated from a one-year horticultural course offered with United Methodist help. Read More

In a file photo from December 2016, Norma Dollaga, on left with microphone, speaks during an ecumenical action of Kadamay: Stop the Killings, a community organization that advocates for the poor in urban communities, in Quezon City, Philippines. The placards in Filipino say,

Filipino deaconess: ‘Resistance is a gift’

Norma Dollaga fights extrajudicial killings and raises money for school for indigenous people in the Philippines. Read More

The Rev. Seth Wispelwey (right), co-moderator of Sojourners United Church of Christ in Charlottesville, Va., leads a group headed to oppose a KKK Rally there, as the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas, associate rector and chaplain, St. Paul's Memorial Episcopal Church (second from right) blows a vuvuzela. Behind them is First United Methodist Church, where the Charlottesville Clergy Collective had arranged a gathering. An estimated 1,000 were on hand to protest the rally. Photo by Michael Cheuk.

Clergy stand up to Charlottesville KKK rally

The Charlottesville Clergy Collective, including United Methodists, helps to organize counter-rally to Virginia event. Read More

United Methodist Men join in worship during the group's 12th National Gathering, at St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Indianapolis. More than 620 men from across the United States registered for the event. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS.

Making discipleship a ‘contact sport’

United Methodist Men at their 12th national gathering heard frequents calls to get off the bench as Christ followers. They also put that call into action. Read More

Children discuss their ideas for fitting together the wooden pieces of a “Re-formation“ puzzle with a staff member at German Kirchentag (German Church Day) in Berlin, Germany, in May. The puzzle was used at The United Methodist Church’s booth at the event and will be used again at the church’s booth at the World Reformation Exhibition in Wittenberg, Germany, July 11-17. Photo by Klaus Ulrich Ruof, Office of Communications, United Methodist Church Germany.

Reformation exhibition includes United Methodists

The United Methodist Church of Germany has organized a booth from July 11-17 at the World Reformation Exhibition in Wittenberg, Germany. Read More