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Two long-divided United Methodist groups in Burundi are joining to try to unite the church’s witness. A composite of map images from Google shows the location of the east African nation, below Rwanda.

Agencies help fund Burundi church reunification

Both the denomination’s finance and mission agencies are helping to defray costs of a special meeting for reconciliation — a rare move since they cut funding in 2012 to East Africa. Read More

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Anotida Kadiramwando writes her name on the computer at Murewa Day Care Centre in Zimbabwe. A program, sponsored by The United Methodist Church in collaboration with the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education in Zimbabwe, aims to have computer laboratories at all United Methodist-run schools in Zimbabwe by 2025.

Church in Zimbabwe introduces kids to computers

New program aims to have computer laboratories at all church-run schools by 2025. Read More

 
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Two long-divided United Methodist groups in Burundi are joining to try to unite the church’s witness. A composite of map images from Google shows the location of the east African nation, below Rwanda. Map images courtesy of Google Maps.

Agencies help fund Burundi church reunification

Both the denomination’s finance and mission agencies are helping to defray costs of a special meeting for reconciliation — a rare move since they cut funding in 2012 to East Africa. Read More

Anotida Kadiramwando writes her name on the computer at Murewa Day Care Centre in Zimbabwe. A program, sponsored by The United Methodist Church in collaboration with the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education in Zimbabwe, aims to have computer laboratories at all United Methodist-run schools in Zimbabwe by 2025. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UMNS.

Church in Zimbabwe introduces kids to computers

New program aims to have computer laboratories at all church-run schools by 2025. Read More

Auschwitz death camp survivor Jadwiga Bogucka-Regulska holds a photo of herself from 1944. She was 89 when she posed for this photo in 2015 for a Reuters feature on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi camp. She joined the Methodist Church just after World War II.

Auschwitz survivor, United Methodist dead at 92

Jadwiga Bogucka-Regulska was a member of Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Warsaw for many decades. Read More

Bats began roosting in trees on the grounds of Ganta United Methodist Hospital in Liberia in November. Patrick Mantor, a hospital administrator, said the bats left “without any human action” and never entered the hospital, despite earlier reports. Photo by Julu Swen, UMNS.

Going a little batty at Ganta Hospital

But there were no bats in the belfrey or any area inside Ganta United Methodist Hospital in Liberia. Read More

Women of Office United Methodist Church in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, welcome visitors to the church which offers ministries to women affected by their country's 20 years of war. File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Conferences near goal for Congo rape survivors’ center

Three United Methodist conferences are collaborating with the East Congo Conference to build the Mama Lynn Center. Read More

The Rev. Kombi Ramazani Simon, of the Kivu Conference in the Democratic Republic of Congo, was among the United Methodists expressing regret over President Trump’s reported derogatory remarks about African countries and Haiti. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UMNS.

United Methodists join in Trump rebuke

President’s reported characterization of African countries prompts strong response from bishops, others. Read More

Bishop Bruce R. Ough is the Council of Bishops president. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Bishops condemn Trump’s reported remarks on immigrants

The United Methodist Council of Bishops has condemned President Trump’s reported remarks about immigrants from Haiti and Africa. Read More

The Rev. W. T. Handy, preaching in the 1950s. He later was elected one of the early African-American bishops in The United Methodist Church’s South Central Jurisdiction, and he’s among three African-American episcopal leaders featured in an exhibit at Perkins School of Theology’s Bridwell Library. Photo courtesy Bridwell Library.

‘Black Archives Matter’ campaign catches on

Archivist at United Methodist Perkins School of Theology goes all out to collect, process, publicize African-American materials. Read More

Women and children gather water at a watering point in the Irambo District of Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo. A cholera epidemic was declared in the South Kivu Province in August and continues today. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UMNS

Congo churches react to cholera epidemic

United Methodists in the South Kivu Province help with prevention efforts, including distributing water purification tablets. Read More

Clergy from the Council of Churches of Sierra Leone lead worshippers to the bottom of Mount Sugar Loaf where hundreds of bodies are still buried under the rubble of a devastating landslide. Photo by Phileas Jusu, United Methodist News Service

2017: The year in UMNS photos

Our News Service staff travels to cover important events for the church. Take a look at some of the images they shot to sum up the year 2017. Read More

Way Forward Commission tops 2017 news stories

The work of the commission addressing the church’s debate over homosexuality topped news poll for second consecutive year. Read More

Calhoun (Mo.) United Methodist Church is one of two small rural churches Margie Briggs writes about in “Can You Just Get Them Through Until Christmas?”

Lay minister writes ‘turnaround story’ of small churches

Margie Briggs hopes book will rekindle faith in churches that have fewer than 100 members. Read More

Anny Butunga Mwindulwa distributes a mosquito net to new mother Aziza Rachel outside the Irambo Clinic maternity ward in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lononga, UMNS.

Church, Congolese government partner on maternal health

A new maternity facility will keep expectant mothers from having to walk up to 25 kilometers to the nearest hospital. Read More

Bishop: Support United Methodist president-elect in Liberia

George Manneh Weah, a former soccer star and a United Methodist, will be sworn in Jan. 22 as Liberia’s new president. Read More

Inmates can see visitors through the bars of the custodial facility main gate of the Camalig Meycauayan City Jail in Bulacan, Philippines. The city jail is designed for 90 detainees, but has more than 200. Members of New Hill Burning Bush United Methodist Church recently distributed medicines to the inmates.

Filipino church provides medicines for jail inmates

Members of a United Methodist church distributed medicines to the overcrowded Camalig Meycauayan City Jail. Read More

Women and children take sanctuary inside the Light and Life United Methodist Church in Tacloban City, Philippines, after Typhoon Urduja, also known as Kai-Tak, struck the area on Dec. 16. Three persons reportedly died and thousands of families were driven from their homes by floods and landslides. Photo courtesy of Iris Picardal-Terana and Ronnel Tuscano de Juan, Light and Life United Methodist Church.

Filipino church offers sanctuary during typhoon

Church members and six families took refuge in Light and Life United Methodist Church as thousands were driven from their homes by flooding and landslides. Read More

Recent immigrants work on exercises during their German class at Erlöserkirche Evangelisch-methodistische (United Methodist Church of the Redeemer) in Bremen, Germany. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Churches unite in support of migrants

Global Migration Sunday inspires congregations to give, pray for displaced people around the world. Read More

Students, teachers and other adults reach out their hands in prayer toward a new toilet facility during a dedication at LACOSHA Community Institute in the Pipeline Community, in Paynesville, Liberia. The dedication was part of activities marking World Toilet Day by the United Methodist Church in Liberia. Photo by Julu Swen, UMNS.

Church in Liberia donating school toilets

The United Methodist Church in Liberia is helping to keep students healthy by donating toilets to schools. Read More

United Methodists this year marked the passing of scholars, bishops and other churchgoers who put their faith into action. Photo by Silvia and Frank, courtesy of Pixabay.

2017: Remembering notable church members

In the past year, United Methodists marked the passing of a champion of deacons, a Mississippian born of conviction and a bishop who survived an attempt on his life. ' } Read More

Ryan Mould was children’s choir director at Trinity United Methodist Church for three years before being fired because he is gay.

Gay United Methodist choir director fired

After three years as children’s choir director, Ryan Mould was fired and told homosexuals cannot be “spiritual leaders.” Read More