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Nyande Westshomba (right) speaks to seminar participants (from left) Okende Dieudonné, Mwinyi Taluhumbu, Chief Prospère Tunda and Dr. Lars Bitsch-Larsen of Norway. Web-only photos by the Rev. Clayton Childers.

Working for social justice in East Congo

United Methodists in East Congo communities ravaged by war, diseases, rape and insecurity welcomed the denomination’s social justice agency for a July seminar on issues such as conflict resolution,... Read More

The Rev. Neal Christie, at left, talks on July 17 with Dr. Lars Bitsch-Larsen in Kindu, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Bitsch-Larsen provides medical care in the country each summer. UMNS photo by the Rev. Clayton Childers

Reaching out to rape survivors in Congo

Church and Society leaders discuss how the church can help survivors in a country where rape has been a weapon of war. Read More

Dr. Lars Bitsch-Larsen. He volunteers his vacation time each summer to provide medical care in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. UMNS photo by the Rev. Clayton Childers

Expert: Treatment necessary to break malaria cycle

A physician from Norway joined Church and Society leaders in leading a training session in central Congo. Read More

From left, Odimba Ado Omakinda, Pierre Omadjela, Neal Christie and Bishop Ntambo Nkulu Ntanda of North Katanga Area confer before meeting with leaders on July 23 in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. UMNS photo by the Rev. Clayton Childers

Church official: In Congo, every day is 9/11

The United Methodist Board of Church and Society meets with leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where ongoing violence tops agenda. Read More

How I See it

Reactions to Trayvon Martin’s death in context

Before any people ignore the gravity of the response of black individuals like myself to the killing of Trayvon Martin and the trial of his killer, I suggest they turn... Read More

The Rev. Joseph E. Lowery is honored by Gammon Theological Seminary. He urged those in attendance to vote. Photo by Natalie Reed.

Civil rights leader Lowery urges United Methodist seminarians to vote

“I’m gonna die with my boots on,” declared the Rev. Joseph E. Lowery during Gammon Theological Seminary’s Trailblazers and Prophetic Leaders Banquet. Read More

A protestor prays during yesterday morning's debate on changing Paragraph 161F of the Book of Discipline. A WVUMC photo by Adam Cunningham.

A GC2012 Conversation with Kathy Gilbert and Tita Parham

I sat down with Kathy Gilbert and Tita Parham this morning to talk briefly about what happened during yesterday... Read More

Delegate Jo Ann Carlotto (left) of the New England Conference wipes her eyes with a rainbow stole after delegates voted to maintain the United Methodist Church's stance on sexuality during the denomination's at 2012 General Conference in Tampa, Fla. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

GC2012 Radio: A Difficult Day

The issue of human sexuality in the United Methodist Church was the business of the morning; reaction to it took us into the early afternoon. This edition of GC2012 Radio... Read More

David Hosey, a delegate from the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference, speaks in favor of divestment from corporations profiting from Israeli settlement of occupied Palestinian territories. A UMNS photo by Paul Jeffrey.

United Methodists Conflicted in Solidarity Measures with Palestinians

Results of voting by United Methodist delegates at the 2012 General Conference show that, while they oppose the occupation of Palestinian lands by Israeli settlements, they are unsure about how to... Read More

Several people stood around the bar of the General Conference this morning while two amendments to the UM Social Principles were debated.

Human sexuality amendments fail

During morning plenary, delegates voted down two amendments to the Social Principles that sought to acknowledge... Read More

Shortly after Japan’s triple disaster, UMCOR partner GlobalMedic provided affected communities with access to clean water through water purification units. Photo: GlobalMedic

Nuclear Safety

United Methodists adjust Nuclear Safety resolution in light of 2011 Japan disaster. Read More

Darya Mattes, community sales rep for Equal Exchange, serves up Hope's Blend coffee. Photo: Christie R. House.

Hope’s Blend: Not Your Ordinary Joe

A sip of a new fair-trade coffee available through UMCOR Coffee Project brings a bit of heaven to struggling small-scale farmers. Read More

United Methodist Women from the North Georgia Annual (regional) Conference joined others from around the world in a rally against private prisons during the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla. The rally was sponsored by United Methodist Women and the United Methodist Task Force on Immigration. A UMNS photo by Paul Jeffrey.

United Methodist Women Day: Sisterhood and Action at General Conference

Women organized for mission gathered for sisterhood and rallied for immigrants and an end to private prisons April 28, United Methodist Women Day at General Conference. Wearing their conference United Methodist... Read More

It’s a Justice Rally.

Bishop Minerva Carcano, Resident Bishop of the Desert Southwest Area, said to the crowd, “Someone asked, “Is this an immigration rally or prison rally? I would say, it’s a... Read More

Profit From Pain is Inhumane! Rally: Saturday April 28, 12:30 PM

Join the United Methodist Task Force on Immigration for a rally against the privatization of prisons, in Florida and across the United States. This rally falls on the unofficial "United... Read More

The Rev. Lorenza Andrade Smith, a United Methodist clergywoman appointed to a ministry of presence and advocacy with the homeless, speaks to a gathering at the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Florida. Her appearance was sponsored by United Methodist Women and other denominational groups. A UMNS photo by Paul Jeffrey.

The streets have no name but home

I heard many nuggets of wisdom from the Rev. Lorenza Andrade-Smith during our conversation about her ministry with people living in the streets. For example, the term “homeless” isn’t... Read More