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La Trinidad United Methodist Church, founded in 1876, is a historic church in San Antonio, Texas, and in Hispanic Methodism. Though most members are Hispanic U.S. citizens, the church does see undocumented persons in worship and in its outreach ministries. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS.

Churches, ministries see fear over immigration policy

Trump’s tougher policy felt at churches, ministries in San Antonio. Read More

Luciano Kovacs, regional secretary for the World Student Christian Federation-North America, takes a selfie with some of the federation’s delegation to the 2017 U.N. Commission on the Status of Women. At upper left is the Rev. Liberato “Levi” Bautista of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society, a “senior friend” of the organization. Photo by Luciano Kovacs.

Transforming young adults into Christian leaders

When United Methodists join an ecumenical leadership-training program this week, they will be part of a 122-year-old denominational connection to the World Student Christian Federation. Read More

United Methodist clergywomen, left to right, the Revs. Nelly Wright, Clarrisa Robertson, Anna Kpaan and Anna Tarr-Sayeh, attended the Liberia Annual Conference in Ganta, Liberia, in March. In his episcopal address, Bishop Samuel J. Quire Jr., called on all United Methodists in Liberia to be an example of inclusiveness in the execution of its programs and other activities that will include women. Photo by Julu Swen, UMNS.

Liberian bishop calls for women’s inclusion

In an episcopal message for International Women’s Month, Bishop Samuel Quire Jr. encouraged congregations to show women ‘they are partners in everything we do.’ Read More

Cuban immigrants wait in a park in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. Hundreds of Cubans are stuck in the border city, caught in limbo by the elimination in January of the infamous “wet foot, dry foot” policy of the United States. They are not allowed to enter the U.S. yet most don't want to return to Cuba. Photo by Paul Jeffrey.

Offering solidarity to Cubans stuck at border

Methodists in both countries offer food, water and other supplies to Cubans who find themselves in an immigration limbo on Mexico-U.S. border. Read More

Myers Park United Methodist in Charlotte, N.C., is a large church where members are divided on what the denomination's position on homosexuality should be. The Rev. James Howell, pastor, says the church's ability to stay unified and be effective in mission work despite differences would be at risk if The United Methodist Church splits into traditionalist and progressive groups. Photo courtesy Myers Park United Methodist Church.

Schism threat has some churches caught in middle

Pastors of United Methodist congregations with diverse views on homosexuality worry that a painful choice looms. Read More

The Rev. Mande Muyombo, an executive of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, was elected a United Methodist bishop by delegates at the Congo Central Conference meeting in Kamina, Democratic Republic of Congo. Muyombo, 44, was elected March 18 during the quadrennial meeting. Photo by Eveline Chikwanah, UMNS.

Muyombo elected bishop in Congo

The executive director for the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries was the fourth and final bishop elected at the Central Congo Conference. Read More

The Rev. Kasap Owan, president of the Katanga Methodist University in Mulungushi, is elected a United Methodist bishop by delegates at the Congo Central Conference meeting in Kamina, Democratic Republic of Congo. Owan, 62, was elected March 18 during the quadrennial meeting. Photo by Eveline Chikwanah, UMNS.​

Owan elected as bishop in Congo

University president is third pastor elected as bishop by Congo Central Conference delegates. Read More

Bishop Patrick Streiff, left, of the Central and Southern Europe Episcopal Area, greets the Rev. Daniel Onashuyaka Lunge after he is elected a United Methodist bishop by delegates at the Congo Central Conference on March 18. Lunge, 59, was elected at the quadrennial meeting in Kamina. Photo by Eveline Chikwanah, UMNS.

Lunge elected bishop in Congo

The Rev. Daniel Onashuyaka Lunge was elected bishop on third ballot by delegates of the Congo Central Conference. Read More

Bishop Gabriel Yemba Unda greets visitors to a choral concert at the Tokolote Moto-Moto United Methodist Church in Kindu, Democratic Republic of Congo, in 2015. File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Unda re-elected bishop of The United Methodist Church

Bishop Gabriel Yemba Unda has been re-elected United Methodist bishop and will continue to lead the East Congo Episcopal Area. Read More

Harriett Jane Olson, top executive of United Methodist Women, talks with Ambassador Kai Sauer, permanent representative of Finland to the United Nations, before a March 16 panel discussion on a women's peace dialogue process that UMW has fostered. The panel was a side event for the 61st Session of the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women. Photo by Linda Bloom, UMNS.

Taking the lead for peace

Looking for equal participation, Ukrainian and Russian women expand a dialogue on peace to create a regional platform, with an assist from United Methodist Women. Read More

The Rev. Junius B. Dotson, top executive of Discipleship Ministries, lays out his agency’s plans to help United Methodists reach people for Jesus. He addressed his agency’s board in Nashville, Tenn. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS.

Discipleship exec: ‘Stop fixing churches’

The Rev. Junius B. Dotson, top executive of Discipleship Ministries, suggests how the church can shift to conversation to reaching people for Jesus. Read More

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

Commentary: Can our ‘way forward’ be reconciliation?

African clergyman says the “way forward” for The United Methodist Church involves reconciliation. Read More

Courtesy photo of the Rev. Walter Fenton, United Methodist Communications.

Commentary: Understanding renewal, reform group positions

The Rev. Walter Fenton, an analyst for Good News, writes about what members of renewal and reform groups see as misunderstandings or mischaracterizations of their positions. Read More

The Rev. Neil Blair, president of the Saint Paul School of Theology, preaches at Opening Convocation on the campus in Leawood, Kansas. Photo by Heather Snodgrass, courtesy of Saint Paul School of Theology.

United Methodist seminary placed on two-year probation

One of two agencies that oversee accreditation for Saint Paul School of Theology notified the seminary on March 8 that it had been placed on probation. Read More

Rise Up for Life and for Rights and the National Union of People’s Lawyers-National Capital Region joined forces during a press conference to condemn drug-related extrajudicial killings and violations. Emily Soriano holds a photo of her son, who was killed in 2016. To her left are Norma P. Dollaga, a United Methodist deacon, and Ephraim Cortez, an attorney who is a United Methodist. Photo courtesy of Rise Up for Rights and For Life.

Filipino United Methodists condemn killings

United Methodists are leaders in an alliance opposing drug-related extrajudicial killings in which more than 7,000 Filipinos have died. Read More

Bishop Karen Oliveto, the first openly gay bishop in The United Methodist Church, kneels during the consecration service held on July 16, 2016, at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church in Scottsdale, Arizona. Photo by Patrick Scriven

Court sets oral hearing on gay bishop issue

A decision by the United Methodist Judicial Council could affect the standing of Bishop Karen Oliveto, the denomination’s first openly gay bishop. Read More

The Rev. Harald Rückert has been elected as a United Methodist bishop by delegates at the Germany Central Conference meeting. Photo by Volker Kiemle, Communications Germany United Methodist Church.

Rückert elected bishop of The United Methodist Church

The Rev. Harald Rückert was elected bishop of the Germany Central Conference. Read More

Bishop Patrick Streiff gives his episcopal address to the 2017 Central Conference of Central and Southern Europe, held March 8-12 in Zurich. Streiff emphasized the why and how of evangelism, as elaborated by Methodism founder John Wesley. Photo by Üllas Tankler, Global Ministries.

Bishop stresses evangelism at European gathering

Bishop Patrick Streiff invokes John Wesley in address touching on various subjects. Read More

The Rev. William Bobby McClain recalled highlights in the movement of black Methodist history in his keynote address at the Black Methodists for Church Renewal meeting March 8-11, in Cincinnati. McClain is an original caucus board member and professor emeritus at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington. Photo by John Coleman, UMNS.

Black caucus celebrates 50-year legacy

BMCR celebrates 50th anniversary even as members look forward to work that still needs to be done in fighting racism. Read More

Morris L. Davis, a professor of Christian history and Wesleyan studies at Drew University, speaks to a group of United Methodist scholars and other observers at Candler School of Theology in Atlanta. The gathering focused on church unity and the church’s impasse on homosexuality. Photo by Ebony Lincoln, Higher Education and Ministry.

Scholars raise doubts about church’s future

Higher Education and Ministry brought together seminary professors to discuss the denomination’s current impasse on homosexuality. Read More