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Professor Johnson N. Gwaikolo, center, president of United Methodist University in Monrovia, Liberia, sits in his office with Dr. Mator M. F. Kpangbai, left, and the Rev. George Weagba. Gwaikolo said the university is grateful for a grant from the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries that will allow its College of Health Sciences to be moved from Ganta United Methodist Hospital to a new location with classrooms, laboratories and a generator house.

University gets grant to move College of Health Sciences

: The College of Health Sciences of the United Methodist University is being moved from Ganta United Methodist Hospital. Read More

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Edward Lahai Massaquoi from Liberia shares his joy about having the support of a United Methodist Radio Network for the United Methodist radio station in Liberia during a live interview at Radio La Voix De l’esperance in Abidjan, Côte D’Ivoire. Lydie Acquah, coordinator for the network, listens to Massaquoi.

United Methodist Radio Network takes shape

Representatives from eight countries met in Côte d’Ivoire to plan next steps for growing church radio. Read More

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Thomas Kemper, the top executive of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, the denomination’s mission agency, talks about the global refugee crisis during a meeting of the Connectional Table in Oslo, Norway. On May 20, the Connectional Table designated $100,000 of the denomination’s contingency funds to help United Methodists stand with immigrants. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS.

Church response to migration gets boost

Connectional Table allots more funding and sets date for an offering to support United Methodist ministries with today’s migrants. Read More

Professor Johnson N. Gwaikolo, center, president of United Methodist University in Monrovia, Liberia, sits in his office with Dr. Mator M. F. Kpangbai, left, and the Rev. George Weagba. Gwaikolo said the university is grateful for a grant from the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries that will allow its College of Health Sciences to be moved from Ganta United Methodist Hospital to a new location with classrooms, laboratories and a generator house. Photo by Julu Swen, UMNS.

University gets grant to move College of Health Sciences

: The College of Health Sciences of the United Methodist University is being moved from Ganta United Methodist Hospital. Read More

The Pacific Northwest Conference board of ordained ministry reaffirmed its 2016 decision not to consider issues of sexuality when evaluating candidates for ordained ministry. Photo courtesy of the board of ordained ministry.

Boards reaffirm stand for LGBTQ clergy candidates

The United Methodist New York and Pacific Northwest conference boards of ordained ministry again publicly declared they would not consider issues of sexuality when evaluating clergy candidates. Read More

A marching band starts the parade of children during National Day celebration on May 17 in Oslo, Norway. On May 17, the country celebrates the signing of its constitution in 1814.

Church leaders connect with Norway’s big day

The Connectional Table opened its meeting in Oslo on the nation’s constitution day and got to experience a bit of Norwegian Methodism. Read More

‘Methodist middle’ committed to living together

A gathering of church leaders convened to talk about the mostly silent “Methodist middle” amid debates and discussion of division. Read More

Edward Lahai Massaquoi from Liberia shares his joy about having the support of a United Methodist Radio Network for the United Methodist radio station in Liberia during a live interview at Radio La Voix De l’esperance in Abidjan, Côte D’Ivoire. Lydie Acquah, coordinator for the network, listens to Massaquoi. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

United Methodist Radio Network takes shape

Representatives from eight countries met in Côte d’Ivoire to plan next steps for growing church radio. Read More

Chubb Chapel United Methodist Church was founded in 1870 by the Chubb family and other black residents of Chubbtown, Georgia. Before and during the Civil War, the Chubbs were free blacks, something rare in the rural South at that time. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS.

Little church looms large in black history

Chubb Chapel United Methodist’s remarkable story gains attention thanks to Nick Chubb, college football star. Read More

Children groom one another and play with a baby goat in Kanana village, a pygmy community outside Tunda, Democratic Republic of Congo, in October, 2015. Reconciliation between indigenous pygmy tribes and another ethnic group is part of a larger goal for newly elected Bishop Mande Muyombo. File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Bringing back peace in Congo

Bishop Mande Muyombo lauds progress in Bantu-pygmy conflict and limiting violence against women. He looks to peace-building efforts in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Read More

Bishop Karen Oliveto (left) and the Rev. Walter Fenton (right) shake hands during the April 25 oral hearing before the United Methodist Judicial Council meeting in Newark, N.J. Fenton is the analyst for Good News, which advocates that the church hold the line on homosexuality teachings. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Ruling on a gay bishop could be far-reaching

The Judicial Council ruled that a same-gender marriage license creates a presumption of homosexual practice. That’s a big deal, church legal analysts say. Read More

Courtesy photo of the Rev. Keith Boyette.

Commentary: Lawyer on meaning of bishop ruling

Lawyer who argued the request for a declaratory decision on election, consecration and nomination of a gay bishop offers his interpretation of the Judicial Council’s ruling. Read More

Chris Schwind, left, and her husband, the Rev. Tim Woycik, stand outside the office of Republican Rep. John Moolenaar of Michigan. The United Methodist couple drove 600 miles to Washington, D.C., to share the story of their daughter’s murder as part of a summit on gun violence sponsored by the Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence and Americans for Responsible Solutions. Photo by Erik Alsgaard, UMNS.

United Methodists share story of daughter’s murder

A United Methodist couple took part in a national summit on gun violence and shared the story of their daughter’s life and murder. Read More

Bishop Minerva Carcaño speaks to the Council of Bishops on May 4 in Dallas, urging support for immigration initiatives. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS

Bishops back special Sunday for migration crisis

At Dallas meeting, bishops also received an update on United Methodist-Episcopal Church dialogue. Read More

Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. of the Great Plains Conference speaks during small group discussions as the Council of Bishops meeting continues May 3 in Dallas, Texas. Keeping faith with the denomination’s Four Areas of Focus was a main emphasis for the bishops. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS.

Keeping focused on Four Areas of Focus

United Methodist mission emphases are key topic for Council of Bishops, agency leaders. Read More

Courtesy photo of Richard Marsh, 2017.

Commentary: Attorney on confusion over Oliveto’s status

Attorney for Western Jurisdiction contends Bishop Oliveto’s election, consecration proper under church law. Read More

Harare Metropolitan Province assistant commissioner Elizabeth Banda Karinda, left, accepts donations from Zivorinashe Mujaji and Tarisai Mufambi of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society for the Harare East District. The United Methodist Church of Zimbabwe donated more than $1,300 worth of food to female inmates at Chikurubi Prison. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UMNS.

Church in Zimbabwe donates food for female prisoners

In addition to helping with the food shortage at Chikurubi Prison, church members plan to start a horticultural training program for inmates. Read More

Council of Bishops President Bruce Ough speaks to his episcopal colleagues during his May 1 presidential address in Dallas, Texas. Ough urged bishops to support the Commission on a Way Forward and redouble their own efforts toward unity, evangelism and social outreach. Photo by Maidstone Mulenga, Council of Bishops.

Bishop Ough: ‘The entire church is rightly watching’

Council of Bishops’ president speaks candidly to colleagues of leadership challenges amid divisions over homosexuality. Read More

The Rev. Jeff Greenway discusses the need for church reform April 28 at the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s “We Believe in the Church!” event, hosted by Christ United Methodist Church in Memphis, Tennessee. Greenway is chair of the association. Photo by Tim Tanton, UMNS

Evangelical group plans for what’s next

Leaders of the Wesleyan Covenant Association leave open the possibility of a church split. But no matter what happens, group leaders say they’ll be prepared. Read More

Members of the United Methodist Queer Clergy Caucus and supporters pray over the seating area to be used by the United Methodist Judicial Council during their meeting in Newark, N.J. The denomination's top court held an oral hearing on a petition questioning whether a gay pastor can serve as a bishop in The United Methodist Church. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Reactions vary to ruling on clergy qualifications

Judicial Council’s decision says that conference boards of ordained ministry must consider sexuality when assessing candidates. Read More

The head teacher of McBride Literacy School in Jalingo, Nigeria, ThankGod Heman, teaches a Hausa language class for beginners; the other main class is a three-year advanced English course. The goal of the school, which is operated through the church, is to improve the education level of people who can neither read nor write so they can speak, write, read and understand the Bible. Photo by Sharon Adamu Bambuka, UMNS.

Church emphasizes literacy training

Church-operated school in Nigeria helps adults learn both native Hausa language and English. Read More

Mountain Sky Area Bishop Karen Oliveto speaks with Northern Illinois Bishop Sally Dyck during a Council of Bishops gathering in Dallas on April 30.

Ruling greeted with confusion, hope

The only openly gay bishop in The United Methodist Church is still a bishop, despite a ruling that confused many in the church. Read More