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Bishops of varied theological perspectives have weighed in on the election of Bishop Karen Oliveto, a married lesbian. Most counsel waiting for the Judicial Council, the denomination’s top court, to rule on questions of church law.

Bishops respond to gay colleague

Some bishops outside the United States said they worry that Bishop Karen Oliveto remaining in office will put their ministry at risk. Read More

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Sierra Leone pastor defrocked after sex with minor

The Sierra Leone Conference revoked the license of a clergyman who pleaded guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old. Read More

Bishops of varied theological perspectives have weighed in on the election of Bishop Karen Oliveto, a married lesbian. Most counsel waiting for the Judicial Council, the denomination’s top court, to rule on questions of church law. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

Bishops respond to gay colleague

Some bishops outside the United States said they worry that Bishop Karen Oliveto remaining in office will put their ministry at risk. Read More

Newly elected Bishop Karen Oliveto, a married lesbian who has become the first openly gay bishop of The United Methodist Church, stands with Big Sky Area Bishop Elaine Stanovsky, left, and Los Angeles Area Bishop Minerva Carcaño. Photo by Charmaine Robledo, Mountain Sky Episcopal Area.

Top court will take up Oliveto election in spring

Judicial Council will review a petition on the election of first gay bishop for The United Methodist Church when it meets in April 2017. Read More

United Methodist regional missionary Grace Musuka speaks at the one-day maternal and child heath workshop in Harare in June. Photo courtesy Kudzai Chingwe

Poor maternal health care remains concern in Zimbabwe

Mothers and babies are dying because of poor facilities at satellite clinics, delays in hospital referrals, according to senior nursing officer. Read More

United Methodists still reeling from massacre

The East Congo episcopal area is still reeling from Aug. 13 attack. The Beni area has nine United Methodist churches, Read More

A recent roundtable meeting about the new United Methodist University of Sierra Leone brought together the Rev. Kim Cape (far left), top executive of the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry, Bishop John Yambasu (second from left) and other church leaders. The university is to open in October. Photo by Jan Snider, UMNS

Coming soon: United Methodist University of Sierra Leone

Organizers promise school will be like no other in West Africa, combining academics with service through sustainable agriculture, public health Read More

United Methodists among dead from bloody attack in Beni

East Congo has been under the threat of violence since 1960 when the country became independent. Read More

The Hispanic-Latino bishops of The United Methodist Church celebrated opening worship at the MARCHA Assembly in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Aug. 4, 2016. Shown, from left: Bishop Elias Galvan, Bishop Minerva Carcaño, Bishop Rafael Moreno Rivas, Bishop Juan Vera Mendez, Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey and Bishop Hector Ortiz. Photo by the Rev. Gustavo Vasquez, UMCom.

MARCHA attendees call on members to vote

The United Methodist Church’s Hispanic/Latino caucus approved a resolution calling on its members to vote in the U.S. elections and participate actively in the political process. Read More

Map shows the borders of three central conferences in sub-Saharan Africa. The Africa Central Conference, in gold, proposes splitting itself into four. Map by Cindy Caldwell, United Methodist Communications

Africans look at changing the church’s map

The Africa Central Conference proposes splitting itself into four new central conferences. Such a move has implications for bishop elections and how the church does ministry. Read More

Pictured are six of the girls stranded at June Hartranft Memorial Primary School for Girls in Sierra Leone after the country’s deadly Ebola outbreak. From left are Esther Cooper, 15; Kadiatu Juana, 10; Hawa Bayoh, 10; Ramatu Kamara, 11; Magdalene Kamara, 9; and Aminata Bayoh, 11. Photo courtesy of Phileas Jusu

United Methodists care for girls stranded after Ebola

Educators in Sierra Leone struggle to locate parents nine months after the deadly Ebola outbreak ended. Read More

Gen. Constantino Chiwenga of the Zimbabwe National Army arrives for the dedication of the Early Childhood Development Complex in Nyadire, Zimbabwe. Photo courtesy of Taurai Emmanuel Maforo.

Church partners with Zimbabwean army on educational facility

The United Methodist Church has partnered with the Zimbabwe National Army in building a state-of-the-art facility for training Early Childhood Development teachers Read More

Recent flooding in Denham Springs, Louisiana, at one point nearly covered a sign for the First United Methodist Church there. The home in the background belongs to a member of that church. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Jackie King

Louisiana churches cope with flooding

Many United Methodists are among the thousands facing major home damage. Read More

Bishop Ivan Abrahams preached May 17 at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore., and he’ll be in the spotlight at the World Methodist Conference, set for Aug. 21-Sept. 3 in Houston. Abrahams, a South African, is top executive of the World Methodist Council. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

African bishop glad to be leading `broader Methodist family’

Bishop Ivan Abrahams, top executive of World Methodist Council, says upcoming conference in Houston will `incubate audacious dreams’ Read More

Photo from Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey address to the Louisiana Annual Conference,

Historic Flooding in South Louisiana

Several churches were quick to respond to historic flooding South Louisiana, including First United Methodist Church in Denham Springs, a church sadly familiar with disasters. Read More

The World Methodist Conference last occurred in 2011, in Durban, South Africa, and brought together many Methodist-related denominations. Another such conference is set for Houston, Aug. 31-Sept. 3, with some 2,500 people from around the world expected to attend. Photo courtesy World Methodist Council

21st World Methodist Conference looms in Houston

Large, global crowd expected for `full-on celebration’ of Wesleyan Christianity. Read More

The Rev. James Lawson talks about Black Lives Matter and the civil rights movement during a break from teaching at the Children Defense Fund’s Proctor Institute in Clinton, Tenn. UMNS photo by Mike DuBose

Lawson: Black Lives Matter shows need for change

The Rev. James Lawson says the movement is an extension of the social awakening that started with the civil rights movement. Read More

Children lead a candlelight procession into the Moyamba community before attending a social night at the Sierra Leone Conference’s children’s camp in late July. Photo by Phileas Jusu, United Methodist Communications.

Sierra Leone holds first post-Ebola camp

The United Methodist Church in Sierra Leone revives annual children’s camp, suspended in 2014 because of Ebola. Read More

Delegates and visitors listen to debate on petitions May 19 at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. A new group hopes to influence a new commission authorized by General Conference. Photo by Maile Bradfield, UMNS

New group aims to boost evangelical voice

Some worry the Wesleyan Covenant Association could start a new denomination. That is not the group’s intent, organizers say. Read More

Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar (left) of the Boston Episcopal Area welcomes the Rev. J. Christian Giesler of the Moravian Church (Northern & Southern Provinces) to the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Shared DNA: Moravians and United Methodists

If the Moravians approve, as expected, a full communion agreement with United Methodists, it will make official “what has been a reality all along,” says a Moravian bishop. Read More

At the end of an ecumenical “Prayer Walk for Racial Peace,” organizers and some marchers are shown under one of the rainbows that came out at the end of the march. Photo courtesy of Michael Beck

Prayer walk for racial peace unites community

A United Methodist pastor in Florida says ecumenical work around racial justice has changed his city. Read More