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Thomas Kemper, top executive of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, speaks during the opening worship service of the board’s 2017 spring meeting in Atlanta. Photo by Cindy Mack, GBGM.

Migration as a mission challenge, blessing

Issues and actions surrounding migration highlight the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries’ spring meeting. Read More

A family in Bom Jesus, Angola, receives a new bed net, one of more than four million nets distributed by The United Methodist Church through the Imagine No Malaria initiative. Photograph by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

Five ways The United Methodist Church has impacted malaria

April 25 is the international observance of World Malaria Day. Read how The United Methodist Church has helped to reduce malaria deaths in Africa. Read More

The Rev. H. Louis Jones takes a break from gutting flood-damaged drywall and pews at Hope Community United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge, La. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Grants for disaster recovery, health needs

Directors of the United Methodist Committee on Relief approve grants for disaster relief efforts by conferences and for health boards in Africa. Read More

The Rev. Kathleen McMurray joins a Good Friday vigil at the Arkansas Capitol in Little Rock to protest planned executions of seven inmates. McMurray is associate pastor of Grace United Methodist Church in Conway, Ark. Photo by Amy Forbus, Arkansas United Methodist

Clergy react to Arkansas execution

United Methodist clergy spoke out against Arkansas first execution since 2005 and plans for other executions by April 27. Read More

The Rev. Andrea Beyer (left) and the Rev. Cathryn Love stand near a church sign in Beaver Crossing, Nebraska. Image courtesy of Great Plains Conference/creative commons.

Do you know why we are called United Methodists?

The United Methodist Church was born in April. Learn more about how our denomination got its name and why it matters how you say it. Read More

The Judicial Council at its April meeting faces a petition asking how the election of an openly gay bishop squares with the Book of Discipline, the denomination's governing document. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Preview to the legal debate around gay bishop

The denomination’s top court faces a question of whether it should weigh in on Bishop Oliveto’s election at all. Read More

A panel discussion at U.N. headquarters focuses on the role of faith-based organizations in refugee resettlement work. The panel was part of the Focus on Faith series of the U.N.’s Department of Public Information- Non-Governmental Organizations, and organized in partnership with LDS Charities. Photo courtesy of Ryan John Koch, LDS New York Office of Public and International Affairs.

Faith groups bring hope, new life to refugees

Panel at U.N. headquarters highlights decades-long leadership of faith-based groups in U.S. refugee resettlement. Read More

The Rev. Kristin Sundt, front, in traditional Norweigan clothing, leads members of the congregation from Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, known as Mindekirken, in a parade celebrating Norwegian Constitution Day. The church marks the day each year on the weekend closest to May 17. Photo courtesy of Kristin Sundt.

Norwegian United Methodist pastor leads Lutheran church

Appointment of Norwegian United Methodist pastor to Lutheran church highlights value of ecumenism. Read More

Women take a break from their knitting class at Banyam Theological Seminary in Bambur, Nigeria. The seminary is now providing training in basic skills for the wives of male students such as tailoring, knitting and basic administrative skills that will help them run a church alongside their husband. Photo by Julu Swen, UMNS

Nigerian seminary educates pastors’ wives

A United Methodist seminary in Nigeria is providing basic skills training for the wives of students training to be pastors. Read More

Pastor who built tiny house learned lessons about going green, living simply, and making room for Jesus. Screen capture from a video by United Methodist Communications.

Pastor on going green: Smaller footprint, more room for Jesus

United Methodist pastor Rev. Rebecca Rutter believes living simply benefits our planet and can deepen our spiritual lives. Earth Day is April 22. Read More