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Ebola survivor and former Mercy Hospital employee nurse, Dennis Karimu, is chairman of the Post Ebola Treatment Center in the Bo District of Sierra Leone. He also works as a nurse and counsellor at the center.

Normal life elusive for Ebola survivors

Ebola survivors in Sierra Leone face discrimination, financial difficulties, many health problems. Read More

Pam Simon holds the bullet that wounded her in the Jan. 8, 2011 mass shooting near Tucson, Arizona. Simon, a United Methodist, has become a strong advocate for background checks and other gun violence prevention measures. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS.

Survivor keeps faith by taking on gun violence

Pam Simon, a United Methodist, was shot with her boss, U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords, and now joins her in advocacy. Read More

L-R: Jerald Dennis, public relations officer, Ebola Survival Association of Liberia (ESAL); Vivian Rogers, Ebola survival and member of ESAL; Foday Gallah, general coordinator of Montserrado County Sector 4 of ESAL.

Liberian Ebola survivors report sight problems

Liberia is now Ebola-free, but many stricken with the virus are now experiencing poor vision, fatigue and severe headaches. Read More

Laity wrote and sent a letter to the United Methodist bishops expressing concern about the composition of a special commission on A Way Forward on Oct. 16, Laity Sunday. The word laity is used to describe members of a congregation or parish who are not a part of the clergy.

Laity want more representation on commission

More than 500 laity from across the denomination signed a statement protesting the under-representation of laity on composition of A Way Forward. Read More

Members of the 2016-2020 Judicial Council. (From left) Front: Ruben T. Reyes, N. Oswald Tweh Sr., the Rev. Luan-Vu Tran. Back row: Deanell Reece Tacha, Lídia Romão Gulele, the Rev.Øyvind Helliesen, the Rev. Dennis Blackwell, and the Rev. J. Kabamba Kiboko. (Not pictured, Beth Capen) Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

Judicial Council takes up gay ordination issue

When The United Methodist Church’s top court meets Oct. 25-28, decisions by bishops regarding ordination in New York and Illinois will be reviewed. Read More

Women delegates to the Philippines Central Conference attended a gathering to educate women and youth delegates about the issues facing The United Methodist Church. The delegates will vote on the election of Filipino bishops at the Nov. 28-Dec. 4 meeting. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Ferariza-Meneses

Filipino women, youth prepare to elect bishops

Gatherings educate youth and women delegates on issues facing The United Methodist Church. The delegates are preparing for Philippines Central Conference meeting. Read More

Ebola survivor and former Mercy Hospital employee nurse, Dennis Karimu, is chairman of the Post Ebola Treatment Center in the Bo District of Sierra Leone. He also works as a nurse and counsellor at the center.

Normal life elusive for Ebola survivors

Ebola survivors in Sierra Leone face discrimination, financial difficulties, many health problems. Read More

McBride United Methodist Church, South Mills, North Carolina, had eight to 10 inches of flood water in the fellowship hall after Hurricane Matthew. The ground was already saturated from September floods.

United Methodist churches assessing Hurricane Matthew damage

Fierce storm has left nearly 1,000 dead in Haiti and at least 38 dead in the United States, with 19 of those in North Carolina. Read More

Photo of Bishop Emerson Stephen   Colaw by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Bishop Colaw remembered as caring leader

Bishop Emerson S. Colaw, remembered as a strong preacher and compassionate leader, died Oct. 11 at age 94 in Ohio. Colaw led the Minnesota Conference from 1980-1988. Read More

A team of United Methodist women from the United Methodist Church of Beni participated in distributing food and other supplies to survivors of a brutal attack blamed on rebel forces.

United Methodist aid reaches East Congo

After brutal attack, 100 in Beni received food and other aid from UMCOR and the United Methodist East Congo episcopal area. Read More

The Rev. Jeff Greenway, lead pastor of Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church in Ohio, speaks during the morning session of the Wesleyan Covenant Association's inaugural meeting in Chicago. He is among the leaders elected to the new group's council.

Evangelical group plans for ‘new day’ in church

Participants leave open the possibility of doing their work within The United Methodist Church or outside it. Read More

The Wesleyan Covenant Association urged United Methodist leaders to hold clergy accountable on sexuality matters. More than 1,700 people attended the inaugural meeting of the group in Chicago on Oct. 7. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS.

Group: Accountability needed to avoid church split

Wesleyan Covenant group draws more than 1,700 to first meeting and urges United Methodist leaders to hold clergy accountable on sexuality matters. Read More

Methodist Bishop Ricardo Pereira Diaz and other Methodist pastors were some of the first people to reach Baracoa, Cuba, on Oct. 6, to bring emergency supplies for church members and neighbors affected by Hurricane Matthew.

United Methodist churches watching Hurricane Matthew

Haiti, Cuba and the Bahamas were hit hard by the storm that now threatens the east coast of the United States. Read More

Bishop Bruce R. Ough gives the message during closing worship at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. Delegates had earlier voted that the bishops should appoint a commission to look at church teachings on homosexuality. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Way Forward Commission makeup challenged

Nominees to the special commission that will address homosexuality and issues of United Methodist Church unity include eight bishops, 13 clergy and eight laity. Read More

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary’s new Licensing School for Pastoral Ministry in Portuguese began in August, with 16 Brazilian candidates representing three annual conferences. The classes were held at Boston University School of Theology. Photo courtesy the Rev. Juarez Gonçalves

Pastoral training now offered in Portuguese

New program builds on the Brazilian ministry of The United Methodist Church. Read More

The African Summit on Women and Girls in Technology drew nearly 150 digital equality advocates from across Africa and the world to identify ways to narrow the “digital divide” between African men and women. Photo by Priscilla Muzerengwa.

Summit addresses technology barriers for African women

The African Summit on Women and Girls in Technology identified ways women are denied access to technology and actions to overcome those obstacles. Read More

A new federal rule that will increase the number of U.S. workers eligible for overtime pay will affect church employees. The change, which goes into effect Dec. 1, means more salaried workers can earn time-and-a-half wages when they work more than 40 hours a week. Photo illustration by Steve Buissinne, courtesy of Pixabay

New overtime rule means church changes

A new U.S. federal regulation that makes more workers eligible for overtime pay affects church payrolls. Read More

The Rev. Doris Smith is a full-time Dallas police detective, assigned to the traffic division, where she investigates hit-and-run cases and others involving vehicles. On Sundays, and once or twice during the week, she’s at Warren Chapel United Methodist Church, in Terrell, Texas, where she’s part-time pastor. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS.

Dallas police detective doubles as local pastor

The Rev. Doris Smith carries on with dual career after police shootings this summer claimed life of her former patrol partner. Read More

A patient is screened for Ebola at United Methodist Kissy Hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone.  Months after the Ebola outbreak officially ended in 2015, the Sierra Leone government, along with The United Methodist Church and other health partners,  is  focusing on strengthening disease prevention and control procedures in the event of a future epidemic. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS

Shadow of Ebola lingers for Sierra Leone hospitals

United Methodist hospitals in Sierra Leone are strengthening infection control in preparation for the possibility of another outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus. Read More

Increasingly, United Methodist deacons such as the Rev. Kimberly Lewis-Davis, a Chicago Police Department chaplain, are serving their primary appointments outside the local church. Photo courtesy of Lewis-Davis; edited from original.

Deacons: Bridging the church and the world

Nearly half of all United Methodist deacons now have their primary appointment outside the church, where they serve as teachers, lawyers and more. Read More

Priscilla Pope-Levison traveled to the Manchester Wesley Research Centre in England for her summer vacation. This 1892 edition of Tongues of Fire was among the journals she studied to gain insight into Britain’s Wesleyan/Holiness movement. Photo courtesy Geordan Hammond

She spent vacation in Wesleyan archives

A scholar went to England and happily immersed herself in documents illuminating role of women in Wesleyan/Holiness movement. Read More