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In September, the Council of Churches in Sierra Leone, led by United Methodist Bishop John Yambasu, distributed about $82,000 worth of food, bowls, blankets and other relief items to mudslide survivors at a new relocation camp in Juba, western Freetown.

After mudslide: Need for environmental education

The Sierra Leone Council of Churches, led by United Methodist Bishop John Yambasu, hopes environmental education can help avert future disasters. Read More

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In September, the Council of Churches in Sierra Leone, led by United Methodist Bishop John Yambasu, distributed about $82,000 worth of food, bowls, blankets and other relief items to mudslide survivors at a new relocation camp in Juba, western Freetown. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

After mudslide: Need for environmental education

The Sierra Leone Council of Churches, led by United Methodist Bishop John Yambasu, hopes environmental education can help avert future disasters. Read More

Members of the Ecumenical Bishops Forum gathered with the thousands of protesters in Rizal Park, Manila, on Sept. 21, marking the 45th year of martial law in the Philippines. It was also called a

Filipinos protest on martial law anniversary

“Only antidote to the power of tyranny is the power of organized people.” Read More

A GOES-16 [satellite] geocolor image of Hurricane Maria over Puerto Rico as it made landfall on Sept. 20. Although not yet operational, data from NOAA’s GOES-16 satellite proved vital in forecasting operations for Hurricane Maria as it neared Puerto Rico. Image courtesy of NOAA/NASA/CIRA.

Standing with Puerto Rican church after hurricanes

United Methodists pray for safety “and stand in solidarity as one Methodist family.” Read More

The Sept. 19 earthquake in Mexico damaged tile roofs and plaster walls at the Tree of Life Center, in the village of Tlancualpican. The center is part of the United Methodist-supported Give Ye Them to Eat ministry. Photo courtesy Muriel Henderson.

Earthquake hits Methodist churches, ministry

Methodists in Mexico assess damage while joining relief efforts after their country’s second major temblor this month. Read More

The Commission on a Way Forward met Sept. 18-20 to discuss possible models for the denomination's future. This photo of the group's logo comes from an earlier meeting. Photo by Diane Degnan, United Methodist Communications.

Way Forward sketches ideas to present bishops

Some members express cautious optimism for church unity. Another member has written about why he sees a need for a church split. Read More

The kitchen at Clendenin (W. Va.) United Methodist Church was ruined by flooding in June 2016 (left side image). The partially rebuilt kitchen is used by volunteer teams hosted by the church in July 2017 (right side image). Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

The church is still with West Virginia in flood recovery

A year later, United Methodists continue to help rebuild homes and lives in West Virginia. Read More

Pastor: ‘God wanted me to go through tribulations’

The Rev. Félix Medina, his family and community, celebrate beginning of new church. Read More

The Rev. Adam Hamilton, a clergy delegate from the Great Plains Conference, speaks on the floor of the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. Delegates were discussing what some perceive as a need to divide the denomination over issues of sexuality. Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS

New group to church: Let’s stay together

The Uniting Methodists Movement seeks to give voice to those who think differences around homosexuality should not divide church. Read More

Members of the New York and Northern Illinois conferences bonded during a joint cabinet meeting in September at 475 Riverside Drive in New York.

Connecting across regional lines

The United Methodist New York and Northern Illinois bishops and their cabinets find solidarity, support and helpful ideas at a first joint session together. Read More

The Rev. Wilton Odongo, district superintendent of Nairobi, said the church was encouraging voters to maintain peace in Kenya following the nullification of the presidential election results by the country’s Supreme Court.

Kenyan church promotes peaceful voting

United Methodists hope to bridge divisions ahead of second presidential election. Read More

Students with the National Network of Young Adults pose for a selfie. The network finds mentors for young African-Americans interested in leadership in The United Methodist Church in the areas of ordained or lay ministry, social justice or academia. Photo courtesy of Nathalie N. Parker.

Support for young African-American leaders

New network aims to provide mentoring for future African-American leaders in the denomination. Read More

Church becomes emergency shelter after Harvey

The Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell explains why Windsor Village United Methodist Church in Houston opened its doors to displaced residents. “There was no doubt in our minds.” Read More

Bishop Rodolfo A. Juan (left) prays for a leader (red vest) at a refugee camp in Malaybalay, Philippines. United Methodists pooled their resources to provide relief to wounded soldiers and people displaced due to violence between the military and the Islamic State group or ISIS. Photo courtesy of Dan Ela.

Filipino United Methodists help those fleeing violence

Filipino United Methodists provided relief to wounded soldiers and people displaced because of violent conflicts. Read More

The General Council on Finance and Administration board has formed a new Reserves Task Force to examine just how much general church funds should save for a rainy day. Photo illustration by Hans Braxmeier, courtesy of Pixabay; adapted by UMNS.

Church reserve funds under a microscope

How much should church agencies save for a rainy day? A new task force is looking at that question. Read More

First United Methodist Church in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is surrounded by floodwaters following Hurricane Irma.

United Methodists helping those devastated by Irma

Bishop Kenneth H. Carter visited and prayed with people who were in the path of Hurricane Irma. Read More

Survey seeks feedback on sexual harassment issues

United Methodist Commission on Status and Role of Women needs responses from clergy, laity to update data from 2005. Read More

The Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell greets volunteer Mary Jackson at the doorway of the food and clothing distribution center at Windsor Village United Methodist Church in Houston. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Houston churches go flat out with flood relief

Bishop expresses pride but also tells volunteers to pace themselves and ʽfind time for Sabbath.’ Read More

Most of the employees at the Tabacos de Oriente cigar factory in Danlí, Honduras, are women. After the tobacco leaves are cured, they are sorted by color and size. Photo by Kathy L. Gilbert, UMNS.

Chaplain brings word of God to cigar factory workers

The Rev. José Roberto Peña, a United Methodist pastor, has been preaching every Friday through an intercom for the past three years. Read More

he Rev. José Roberto Peña, a United Methodist pastor in Honduras, has a unique side ministry. Every Friday, he preaches to workers at a cigar factory. Video image by Jan Snider, UMNS.

Honduras pastor serves as ‘tobacco chaplain’

“When I don’t come, (workers) ask me, ‘Why? We need you to bring the Christian message.’” Read More

The United Methodist Orphanage in Jalingo, Nigeria, is a beacon of hope for more than 189 orphans. First begun as a partnership between the Nigeria Conference and four U.S. conferences, the home has cared for, educated and given love to Nigerian children with no parents. Photo by the Rev. Ande I. Emmanuel, UMNS.

United Methodist orphanage in Nigeria a beacon of hope

Founded in 1999, the home has cared for, educated and given love to Nigerian children with no parents. Read More