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Volunteers wait to help recover bodies of those killed in flooding and a mudslide near Freetown, Sierra Leone. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS

Church leaders visit Sierra Leone disaster area

United Methodist bishop prays for God to have mercy on Sierra Leone as he leads clergy group to visit two communities devastated by flooding and a mudslide. Read More

Privilegium Gospel from Finnsnes Metodistkirke in Finnsnes, Norway, inspires their audience with a rendition of Todd Dulaney’s “Greater” during a recent concert tour. Photo by Arne Ivar Hanssen, used with permission.

Traveling United Methodist youth choirs sing the Good News

Tours of church music groups offer more than new scenery. They create both teaching moments for the chaperones and lifelong memories for the choir members. Read More

A view of Sugar Loaf Mountain in Regent area of Freetown, Sierra Leone, shows the breadth of the area that was devastated by flooding on Aug. 14. Torrential rains led a mudslide that resulted in the death of nearly 400 people with figures expected to rise as recovery efforts continue. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

Hundreds dead, missing in Sierra Leone mudslides, flooding

The numbers of dead and missing after torrential rains led to deadly mudslides is expected to rise as recovery efforts continue. Read More

United Methodists were among those present at a rally decrying racism in Greenville, SC on August 13, 2017. Photo courtesy Melanie C. Gordon, Discipleship Ministries.

Ways United Methodists can take a stand against racism

In light of recent racial violence in the U.S., there are calls to take action. By changing beliefs and behavior we can work to change the world. Read More

The congregation of Guam United Methodist Church celebrated their building’s 20th anniversary in June. The church building has withstood the island’s frequent typhoons and earthquakes. Guam became the center of the threatened nuclear showdown last week between North Korea and the U.S. Photo by Johann Osias.

Guam church prays for restraint on nuclear threat

Although many on island are “unfazed” by nuclear threat, a “greater danger” arising from U.S.-North Korea confrontation is acknowledged. Read More

Image of sign at protest reacting to death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.  Courtesy of United Methodist General Commission on Religion and Race.

Resources About Race

The United Methodist Church offers tools to guide conversations about racial justice, racism and religion. More

Women weave a loom of prayer at Wellspring United Methodist Church in Ferguson, Mo. The prayer loom was among the ways United Methodists across the United States addressed the violence in Charlottesville, Va. Photo courtesy of the Rev. F. Willis Johnson.

At Sunday worship, pastors decry racism

After witnessing the white supremacy that led to deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, United Methodists across the U.S. spent Sunday proclaiming a different way in Christ. Read More

Bishop Minerva Carcaño and Bishop Mande Muyombo offer communion during opening worship at the 46th MARCHA Assembly in Dallas. MARCHA, the denomination’s Hispanic/Latino caucus, met at a Dallas hotel but held worship services in Perkins Chapel, at Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS.

Prophetic speaking a given at MARCHA

The church’s Hispanic/Latino caucus discusses Trump effect and celebrates 25th anniversary of the National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministry. Read More

United Methodists were among demonstrators from 14 states who joined in the anti-racism protests in Charlottesville, Virginia. The march turned deadly when a car rammed through a group protesters who were there to counter the Aug. 12 march by white nationalists fighting the moving of a Confederate statue. Photo by Richard Lord, UMNS.

Church shelters protesters amid deadly turmoil

First United Methodist Church provides safe space for anti-racism protesters after turmoil around a white nationalist rally turns deadly. Read More