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Immigration policy and practice under the Obama administration and now new challenges under Trump administration have been promoting response for years from concerned faith and secular communities. Tightly-spaced wire mesh prevents more than fingertip contact across the border between Tijuana, Mexico and the U.S in this 2012 file photo.

United Methodist churches offer sanctuary

More than 800 places of worship have vowed to shelter and protect immigrants fearing deportation under the Trump administration. Read More

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Scripture and sections of The United Methodist Book of Discipline, the denomination’s lawbook, are offered as guides to conversations about what the church believes. The guide starts with 1 John 4:16-21.

Affirming Wesleyan values as Trump takes office

House parties will explore scripture and The United Methodist Church’s Social Principles on social justice issues ranging from immigration to health care. Read More

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Immigration policy and practice under the Obama administration and now new challenges under Trump administration have been promoting response for years from concerned faith and secular communities. Tightly-spaced wire mesh prevents more than fingertip contact across the border between Tijuana, Mexico and the U.S in this 2012 file photo.

United Methodist churches offer sanctuary

More than 800 places of worship have vowed to shelter and protect immigrants fearing deportation under the Trump administration. Read More

António Guterres awaits his Dec. 12 swearing-in ceremony as the ninth secretary-general of the United Nations. United Methodists are among the signers of a letter congratulating him and calling for a new focus on peacebuilding. Photo by Mark Garten, United Nations

Strengthen peacemaking, new UN head urged

United Methodists among non-governmental organization leaders asking new U.N. Secretary General to focus on peacemaking. Read More

The Commission on a Way Forward sees hope for unity in The United Methodist Church. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

Way Forward commissioners share prayers, hopes

Commission members, charged with dealing with church unity and the homosexuality debate, talked about where they see potential points of agreement. Read More

The Rev. Bibine Kibonge of Manono is giving shelter to people displaced by the ongoing clashes between tribes.

Church acts as bridge between warring tribes in Congo

United Methodists shelter displaced families and work on peace building to bring together indigenous minority tribes with the majority Bantu. Read More

United Methodist Women in Liberia dedicated a women’s dormitory that will provide free housing for students. The dormitory, located in the compound of The United Methodist Church in Monrovia, will house 40 young women when it becomes operational in September 2017. Photo by Julu Swen, UMNS.

New dormitory in Liberia to house women in need

The United Methodist Women project will provide free housing to help young women further their education. Read More

Scripture and sections of The United Methodist Book of Discipline, the denomination’s lawbook, are offered as guides to conversations about what the church believes. The guide starts with 1 John 4:16-21.

Affirming Wesleyan values as Trump takes office

House parties will explore scripture and The United Methodist Church’s Social Principles on social justice issues ranging from immigration to health care. Read More

Forty United Methodists who are members of the 115th Congress will be working in the U. S. Capitol in Washington. Photo by Kevin McCoy, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

40 United Methodists in new U.S. Congress

Overall number of United Methodists dips since last Congress. Republicans still outnumber Democrats. Read More

The General Council on Finance and Administration has released a guide for United Methodist churches considering using crowdfunding websites. Illustration by Dieter Scheppeit, courtesy of Pixabay; modified by UMNS

6 tips on crowdfunding for churches

The United Methodist Church’s finance agency has released a new guide for using sites like Kickstarter. The advice: User beware. Read More

President Barack Obama kisses Dorothy Height during a meeting on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Jan. 18, 2010. President Obama met with a group of African-American seniors and their grandchildren on the legacy of the civil rights movement.

Dorothy Height stamp debuts Feb. 1

A leader in civil rights and women’s rights, United Methodist Dorothy Height is vividly depicted in U.S. Postal Service’s Black Heritage series. Read More

Wesley United Methodist Church opened Dec. 11. The church is the first United Methodist building to be constructed in the Pujehun District of Sierra Leone. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS

New church opens in largely Muslim area of Sierra Leone

Bishop John Yambasu urges members of Wesley United Methodist Church to focus on peace and unity. Read More

Bishop Samuel J. Quire Jr. (left) and his wife, Richlain K. Quire, at his induction ceremony on Dec. 31, 2016, at Tubman United Methodist Church. During the service, Quire said he wants to ensure that the church’s resources — natural, human, spiritual and financial — benefit all members. Photo by Julu Swen, UMNS.

New Liberian bishops calls for supplementing pastor salaries

During his induction as the new United Methodist bishop of Liberia, Bishop Samuel J. Quire said he wants to find ways to augment pastor salaries, especially rural pastors. Read More

The Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe, general secretary for the United Methodist Church and Society and Fr. John Floberg, rector of Episcopal churches St James, St. Luke's and Church of the Cross on the Standing Rock nation, stand outside the North Dakota state capitol grounds in Bismark. Photo by John Hill, Church and Society

Church and Society continues to advocate for justice and peace

The church’s social advocacy agency highlights its accomplishments in a 2016 Agency Report. Read More

Pastor: ‘In the midst of evil, there was peace’

The Rev. John Schlicher, an Ohio pastor, describes his family’s experiences during the attack at the Fort Lauderdale airport. Read More

2016: The Year in Photos

From General Conference to natural disasters to community outreach, United Methodists were active throughout the world in 2016. Slideshow captures global connection at work in the past year. Read More

Photo of the Rev. Lloyd T. Nyarota by Mike DuBose, United Methodist News Serivce.

Commentary: Sexuality debate overshadows real issues in Africa

The church in Africa is facing divisions and exclusions that extend well beyond sexuality. Read More

Bishop Sally Dyck (at left) and retired Bishop Jane Allen Middleton each released rulings of law in late December 2016 stemming from questions around homosexuality and ordination requirements. Photos courtesy of the Council of Bishops

2 bishops rule on ordination questions

As required by the Judicial Council, two bishops have ruled on questions stemming from issues around gay ordination. Read More

Members of the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference, including the Rev. David Wilson (left, in truck) and Justin Phillips, deliver supplies to water protectors at the Standing Rock Sioux base camp near Cannon Ball, N.D. Photo by Allen Buck

United Methodists bring Christmas to Standing Rock

Members of the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference delivered 700 Christmas stockings to water protectors Read More

Delegate Pierre Kasongo (right) and other members of the Tanganyika delegation vote on legislation while supporters of full rights for LGBTQ persons in the life of The United Methodist Church stand with their mouths taped shut outside the bar of the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore., to symbolize the way LGBTQ people feel they are silenced by the church. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Church’s homosexuality debate tops 2016 news stories

Disaster response and episcopal elections were other big stories for The United Methodist Church in the past year. Read More

Bishop-elect Samuel J. Quire addresses West Africa Central Conference delegates after his election. Photo by Julu Swen, UMNS

The Rev. Samuel Quire elected Liberia bishop

Quire becomes a United Methodist bishop himself after serving as assistant to two episcopal leaders. Read More

Interim Bishop Arthur Kulah, second from right, presides over discussion about bishop qualifications in the United Methodist Book of Discipline. Photo by Julu Swen, UMNS

Liberia Conference divorce ban overturned

Divorced clergy can be candidates for bishop after the West Africa Central Conference overturned the Liberia Conference ban. Read More