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2013: Notable passings in Methodism

In 2013, church members marked the passing of a number of United Methodist and Methodist leaders who made significant contributions in their Christian walk. Read More

United Methodist Bishop Jane Allen Middleton speaks during a protest in Washington calling for an end to a U.S. immigration policy of separating children from their parents. President Donald Trump signed an order to end the policy of forced separation. Photo by Erik Alsgaard, UMNS.

Order ending family separations welcomed

Still, United Methodists cautioned that details of any policy shift are important and stressed that the executive order isn’t enough. Read More

Ofelia A. Cantor (left) stands with the “Queen of Peace,” and others in a parade protesting tyranny by the government, May 26, at the University of the Philippines, Quezon City. United Methodist Women joined human rights defenders in a call to end martial law in the Philippines. Photo courtesy of Mark Z. Saludes.

Filipino women join human rights march

United Methodist women are part of protest parade that uses annual “Flores De Mayo” tradition in the Philippines as its theme. Read More

Bishop José Quipungo of the East Angola Area (left) and Sue Laurie of Love Prevails, an unofficial group that advocates for equality of LGBTQ individuals, share Holy Communion during the United Methodist Council of Bishops meeting in Chicago. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Bishops’ proposal garners range of responses

Bishops themselves are choosing to emphasize different parts of their motion for a Way Forward. Advocacy groups are also making their thoughts known. Read More

An abandoned sandal lies just across the border from Mexico near Friendship Park in San Diego. 2012 file photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Church ready to welcome asylum seekers

Christ United Methodist Ministry Center in San Diego, California, is preparing to accept some of the hundreds of migrants seeking asylum who are gathered at border. Read More

From left, Bishop David Yemba takes communion from Bishops Ciriaco Q. Francisco and Sandra Steiner Ball on May 3 during the meeting of the Council of Bishops in Chicago. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS.

Church ratifies 3 constitutional amendments

Two other possible amendments — both promoting women’s equality and inclusion in the church — fell short of the required votes. Read More

Dana Lyles of Western North Carolina Conference and the Rev. Brad Brady of the South Georgia Conference were among the Connectional Table members talking in small groups during the April meeting in Chicago. The 64-member church leadership body discussed how to carry out the church’s disciple-making mission in this time of uncertainty. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS.

Planning for post-General Conference church

The Connectional Table, a church leadership body, is looking at ways to support the church’s mission in uncertain times and beyond. Read More

Kay Schecht, standing with Bishop Mike McKee, accepts the Foundation for Evangelism’s Distinguished Evangelist Award during the April 8 worship service at Plymouth Park United Methodist Church, in Irving, Texas. Photo by Bill Fentum.

Laywoman honored as ‘Distinguished Evangelist’

Foundation for Evangelism gives major award to Kay Schecht for work with at-risk children and youth, including bringing them to church. Read More

Bishop Sandra L. Steiner Ball speaks during the April 2018 meeting of the Connectional Table. The meeting addressed the Way Forward Commission's work and the worldwide nature of the church. Photo by Heather Hahn, United Methodist News Service.

Bishop urges new mindset for way forward

Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball said United Methodists will need a new approach to General Conference if they are to move through their impasse around homosexuality. Read More

Lay adult members Emma Tousant of the Evangelical United Brethren and J.P. Zepeda of the Methodist Church shake hands as part of the uniting ceremony that marked the formation of The United Methodist Church in 1968. This moment of celebration was years in the making. Photo courtesy of Archives and History.

Amid tumult of 1968, a church came together

The United Methodist Church’s birth took years of work and a commitment to end racial segregation. Historians say 50 years later, the union offers lessons for today. Read More

Members of the Commission on a Way Forward participate in a letting-go prayer at the end of their four-day meeting at El Segundo United Methodist Church in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 22. Photo by Maidstone Mulenga, Council of Bishops.

Way Forward prepares final report to bishops

The Council of Bishops will use that report in drafting proposals to submit to the special General Conference. At present, two options are the main focus. Read More

An anchor stands atop a wrecked boat after Hurricane Irma demolished St. Martin. Upper Room Ministries sponsored a devotional-writing workshop on the island during a three-day retreat to help participants express their trauma after the September 2017 disaster. Photo courtesy of Upper Room Ministries.

Writing helps Irma survivors confront trauma

Upper Room Ministries hosted a workshop in Irma-affected St. Martin to help ‘Find God’s Peace’ after storm. Read More

The Commission on a Way Forward convened Oct. 30-Nov. 1 at the United Methodist Publishing House in Nashville, Tenn. The commission is still working on possibilities for the denomination’s future. Photo by the Rev. Maidstone Mulenga

Way Forward fleshing out 3 possible futures

No one possibility for LGBTQ inclusion predominates, commission members said. But they did offer some more details. 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

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

Methodism in Central America: Challenges, Faith and Hope. Video still by Jan Snider, United Methodist Communications.

Methodism in Central America: Challenges, Faith and Hope

Video takes you into Honduras and Guatemala where the Methodist church provides much-needed support amidst violence and poverty. Read More

A torn flag of Puerto Rico waves from a car a week after Hurricane Maria ravaged the island. Photo by the Rev. Gustavo Vasquez, UMNS.

Bishop: Puerto Rico rises with church’s help

Bishop Ortiz told the Council of Bishops about the ways United Methodists are already helping the people of the U.S. territory. Read More

Martin Luther nails The 95 Theses or Disputation on the Power of Indulgences, a list of propositions for an academic disputation, on Oct. 31, 1517. What he intended to spark debate changed the world. Painting by Ferdinand Pauwels (1830-1904), public domain, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

6 ways the Reformation affects our world

United Methodists and other Christians are still living with the changes Martin Luther unleashed 500 years ago. Read More

Special Report: Honduras and Guatemala 2017

From a chaplain who preaches over the intercom in a factory to pastors who cope with gang violence, series takes you inside the church in Latin America. 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

Pastor: ‘God wanted me to go through tribulations’

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

Larry Magee, who is a homeless artist, asked the Rev. Vicki Walker of Hyde Park United Methodist Church in Tampa, Fla., to keep safe paintings he had created during Hurricane Irma. She did. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Vicki Walker.

Waiting to assess impact of Hurricane Irma

As Hurricane Irma continued its meandering path from the Caribbean to the Southeastern U.S., United Methodists provided shelter and prepared for relief work. Read More

United Methodist bishops and members of the Evangelica Nacional Metodista Primitiva de Guatemala church listen to an overview of Guatemala and Methodism at Santo Tomas Hotel in Chichicastenango, Guatemala. Photo by Kathy L. Gilbert, UMNS.

Guatemala church works in shadow of gangs

Pastors joyful and committed to bringing Gospel to all parts of Guatemala, despite day-to-day struggles. Read More

(From left) Bishop Jonathan Holston, the Rev. Carlos Cornejo, Claudete Mora, the Rev. Luis Soto and Bishop Mike McKee use body movement to pray the Lord’s Prayer as part of a devotion given by Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi, at Cristo Resucitado, Ciudad España, Honduras.

Honduras, Guatemala pastors rely on power of prayer

Violence and poverty threatens to drown communities and consume families. Pastors fight back with faith. Read More

The Rev. Héctor Mauricio Rodríguez Lainez, pastor at Aposento Alto United Methodist in Fuerzas Unidas, Honduras, speaks about his community.

Pastor serves church in Honduras gang neighborhood

“If someone refuses to join the maras, they are given 48 hours to get out of the country or they will be killed. But really, they usually don’t get 48 hours.” Read More

Bishop Minerva Carcaño speaks to the Council of Bishops on May 4 in Dallas, urging support for immigration initiatives. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS

Bishops back special Sunday for migration crisis

At Dallas meeting, bishops also received an update on United Methodist-Episcopal Church dialogue. Read More

Pastor Ricardo Rivero and his wife Ana Maria Torres, along with their son Ricardo David, are starting a Methodist Mission in Placetas, Cuba. Rivero, a former mason, has been making repairs to the home, which will also serve as a worship space.

For Methodists in Cuba, ‘These are good times’

Hard work and good relations — with fellow Cubans, United Methodists and others — help shape today’s church. Read More

Friends play dominoes at a table pulled into the street in Havana. “Life here is very sociable,” says Rigoberto Figueroa, — a member of Marianao Methodist Church and vice rector of the Havana seminary. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Solidarity and service in Cuba

In Havana neighborhoods, people seem to know everyone and hear everything. “The thing about Cuba is we have learned to help one another – solidarity. Life here is very sociable.” Read More

The Rev. Alcibiades Negret is superintendent of the Mayabeque district of the Methodist Church in Cuba. He pastors a church in his home in San José de las Lajas. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Building a church growth strategy in Cuba

From cell group to mission to church, the goal of the Methodist Church in Cuba is to make each member an evangelist. Read More

Lourdes Vazquez left her job of 20 years and moved farther from friends and family to serve as a missionary with the Methodist Church in Cuba. She and her husband, Roberto Pozo, lead the Caraballo Mission, an outreach of San Antonio Methodist Church in San Antonio de Rio Blanco, Cuba. “Whatever he wants me to do, I say, ‘Lord, I’m here,’” she says. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

‘Lord, I’m here’

Lourdes Vazquez worked for 20 years in Cuba’s renowned health system but gave up her job, her home and proximity to her children and grandchildren to serve God. Read More

The Rev. Leandro Cordero leads a song at A Place of Hope Methodist Church in Santa Clara, Cuba. He is accompanied on the keyboard by his wife, Yenisel Ramos. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Cuban worship: Music, prayer and passion

For Methodists in Cuba, praising God is about being supported by a community, not just about individual faith. Read More

Samuel Figueredo is the engineer in charge of information technology at Cuba's Evangelical Methodist Seminary in Havana. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Going digital at Havana seminary

In some respects, those attending Seminario Evangélico Metodista are ahead of many Cubans in terms of using digital technology. Read More

Parishioners raise their arms in praise during worship at Vedado Methodist Church in Havana. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Cuban Methodists are packing the pews

Decades after Castro’s revolution, the church has combined Wesleyan and Pentecostal elements to form its own identity. Read More

Mauricio Freeman (standing) checks on the welfare of patients during afternoon devotionals at the Methodist Christian Home for retired pastors in Havana. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Providing a home for the elderly

In a former private home across the street from Marianao Methodist Church, 15 older Cubans find assistance and companionship at a facility run by the Methodist Church in Cuba. Read More

Slideshow: Singing the spirit in Cuba

Surrounded by Caribbean colors and timeless street scenes, the Methodist Church is growing in Cuba. Experience lively worship and glimpses of Cuban life through exclusive photo presentation. Read More

Methodists in support of immigration reform march down Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard outside the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore.

In election’s aftermath, Hispanic groups challenge church

Statements seek more forceful denunciation of harassment of minorities, and stronger support of immigrants. Read More

Methodist Bishop Ricardo Pereira Diaz and other Methodist pastors were some of the first people to reach Baracoa, Cuba, on Oct. 6, to bring emergency supplies for church members and neighbors affected by Hurricane Matthew.

United Methodist churches watching Hurricane Matthew

Haiti, Cuba and the Bahamas were hit hard by the storm that now threatens the east coast of the United States. Read More

The Rev. Ted Campbell, a professor at Perkins School of Theology, speaking at the World Methodist Conference in Houston on Sept. 1. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS

Professor fears church division is ‘a given’

The Rev. Ted Campbell gives somber assessment of The United Methodist Church in address at World Methodist Conference Read More

A parade of banners from Methodist and other Wesleyan denominations around the world was a highlight of the Aug. 31 opening worship service at the World Methodist Conference in Houston. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS

World Methodist Conference brings together Wesleyan family

This once-every-five-years ‘family reunion’ attracts Wesleyan Christians from all over the world Read More

“The Road to Emmaus,” an 1877  painting by Robert Zund.  The Gospel of Luke account remains beloved reading and gives inspiration to spiritual retreats. Public Domain

Walking with Christ: Do you know the way to Emmaus?

Luke’s account of the risen Christ’s journey remains beloved reading and gives inspiration to United Methodist-supported retreats. Here is why it resonates. Read More

The Bishop Javier Rojas, a leader of the Evangelical Methodist Church, died March 12. He is pictured with United Methodist officials. (From left)  The Rev. Dr. Jorge L. Morales, United Church of Christ; United Methodist Bishop Hee-Soo Jung; Terán and Jim Winkler, former general secretary of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society. Photo by Anne Marie Gerhardt

Bolivian Methodists say goodbye to Bishop Javier Rojas Terán

The Rev. Javier Rojas Terán, emeritus bishop of the Evangelical Methodist Church in Bolivia, was Read More

The Rev. Francisco Cañas, Director of the Hispanic National Plan for Hispanic-Latino Ministry of the United Methodist Church, affirms that we are in a period of transition towards new ministerial models and paradigms at a historical Hispanic/Latino Ecumenical gathering, REDIL, on Sept. 12 in Nashville, Tenn.

PLANting seeds of hope

Francisco Cañas, director of the United Methodist National Plan for Hispanic-Latino Ministry, talks about how the work reaches the Hispanic-Latino community. Read More

Central conferences depend on local pastors

Challenges abound, but non-ordained clergy ‘swing the arms’ in faith. Read More

Warren McGuffin shows the raised-bed garden where okra has been planted at the Thomas Food Project in Thomas, Haiti. McGuffin is director of sustainability for the project. 2013 file photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Project helps 6 Haiti schools go solar

United Methodist volunteer teams supported by California-Nevada Conference have equipped six schools in Thomas, Haiti, with crucial technology. Read More

A Mexican folklore dance group from Wisconsin performs during the MARCHA 2015 Awards and Recognition Banquet in Madison, Wis., on August 15, 2015. Photo by Gustavo Vasquez, UMNS

MARCHA 2015 focuses on equity, justice and peace

Celebration, contemplation and conversation punctuate annual gathering of United Methodism’s Hispanic/Latino caucus. Read More

Handwritten captions provide interesting, but often incomplete, details on photos of Methodist mission activity. The caption here names a nurse treating a native woman in La Paz, Bolivia.

Early Methodist mission photos wow scholars

Scholars are intrigued by more than 100,000 images depicting mission scenes around the globe. Read More

Four young leaders hold a lit candle symbolizing that they have the power within them to do amazing things during the third  National Consultation on Hispanic/Latino Ministry. Photo by Arthur McClanahan, Iowa Conference

Time to rethink Hispanic/Latino ministry

Hispanic/Latino United Methodists have a message: We are diverse, we have gifts to share, and we are an integral part of the church. Read More

Mission teams glad to be back in Juárez

Drop in violence lets church groups resume home-building for the poor in Mexican border city. Read More

Dayna Barrera daily crosses the Stanton Street Bridge, over the Rio Grande River, to get from her home in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, to Lydia Patterson Institute in El Paso, Texas. She’s this year’s valedictorian at the United Methodist school. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS

Lydia Patterson Institute still a beacon on the border

United Methodist school enters second 100 years of providing opportunity for students from El Paso and Juárez. Read More

Chuck, played by Josh Childs, ponders the Gospel of Matthew's account of the  Magi's visit to Jesus. Video image from ‘Chuck Knows Church: Wise Men,’ courtesy United Methodist Discipleship Ministries

6 questions with ‘Chuck Knows Church’ star

Josh Childs, who plays the titular lead, talks about his own faith and his extensive research for the popular series' potluck episode. Read More

United Methodist leaders, including seven bishops, will join in a panel discussion on human sexuality on Saturday, Nov. 1. They are all contributors to the book “Finding Our Way.” Pictured clockwise from left are Bishop Rosemarie Wenner, Bishop Melvin G. Talbert, Bishop J. Michael Lowry,  Bishop Hope Morgan Ward, Neil M. Alexander and Bishop John K. Yambasu. Photos courtesy of the Council of Bishops

Panel aims to spur conversation on sexuality

The expansion of same-gender civil marriage in the U.S. has people buzzing, but church leaders say more United Methodists need to join church discussion. Read More

Roger Modesta and his five year old daughter, Lorraine, sit in their new house, made possible through the UMCOR rebuilding project. Their home in Calogcog, a barangay (community) of the Philippine municipality of Tanauan in Leyte Province, was destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013. Photo by Melissa Hinnen, UMCOR.

New homes for survivors of Typhoon Haiyan

Thanks to United Methodists and others who support the Committee on Relief, more than 218 households in Calogcog will receive new residences. Read More

Methodist pastors from Mexico and Colombia attending this summer’s Course of Study School at Perkins School of Theology are (from left) Iris Zamorano, Rosendo Garcia Jaimes, Denis Marquez Anguila, Ricardo Aldana Mogollon, Eunice Cano Ojeda and Danilo Diaz Rivas. Photo by Kevin Gaddis, Southern Methodist University

Seminary welcomes Mexican, Colombian pastors

Month-long training at Perkins School of Theology equips Hispanic Methodist clergy with new knowledge and skills. Read More

The Rev. Juan Guerrero baptizes a child in Honduras. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Juan Guerrero

Commentary: Why Honduran children are coming to U.S.

The leader of the United Methodist mission in Honduras discusses the root causes of why children take on the dangerous journey to the United States. Read More

Young people from Central America wear shoes without laces. Photo courtesy Viky Garcia, Laredo Humanitarian Relief Team.

Church seeks to meet needs in border crisis

United Methodists turning attention to “sobering” crisis of unaccompanied minors and others from Central America crossing into U.S. Read More

With help from U.S. partners, women from Latin American participated in a Methodist Women Leadership Conference in Perú. Photo courtesy General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.

Supporting clergywomen in Latin America

With help from U.S. partners, women from Latin America participated in a Methodist Women Leadership Conference in Perú. “As good Methodists, we made connections!” Read More

United Methodist Bishop Lloyd Knox dies at 85

A native of Florida, Knox devoted years of service to the church as missionary, episcopal leader. Read More

UMCOR monitoring Chile after earthquake

The Committee on Relief, which is in touch with humanitarian partners in northern Chile, requests your prayers for survivors of magnitude 8.2 temblor Read More

The Rev. David Cosmiano is a United Methodist district superintendent for Eastern Visayas in the Phi

UMCOR’s return to Leyte

On December 5-6, 2013, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) returned to Leyte Province in the Philippines to distribute relief goods among survivors of Typhoon Yolanda, or Haiyan. Read More

Bishop Matthews asks for prayers, action after D.C.-area mall shooting

“A deep sense of tragedy hangs in the air,” Bishop Marcus Matthews of the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference wrote as he called for prayers in the wake of the Jan. 25 shooting at the Mall in Columbia. Read More

Athanasius Mphuru, is recognized as a

2013: Year-end highlights

See the important events in the life of The United Methodist Church last year. Read More

Slideshow: Bishops visit U.S./Mexico border

United Methodist bishops from around the world immersed themselves in the reality of life at the U.S. border to learn more about ministry there. View

Haiti 2013: Rebuilding St. Martin Methodist

Worship in St. Martin today is far different from that Sunday in 2010 when Haitian Methodists stood among rubble. Fifth in a series. Read More

Haiti 2013: Methodist staff rebuild homes

United Methodist groups find way to help Haitian staff of Methodist Guest House construct homes lost in 2010 earthquake. Fourth in a series. Read More

Haiti 2013: Future seen through eyes of a ‘kid’

For rural families in two communities in Haiti, goats are the gift that keeps on giving. Third in a series. Read More

‘HAPI is a light that shines for me’

Haitian Monique Gaston describes the positive impact working for Haiti Artisans for Peace International has made in her life. Read More

Haiti 2013: Women help women improve lives

From working to ensure healthy moms and babies to funding small growers, Haiti Artisans for Peace makes a difference. Read More

Haiti 2013: Bringing light to darkest slum

A friend to Haiti since 2002, now missionary of a Florida church, Seung Don Kim walks with Haiti's children. First story in a series. Read More

United Methodists welcome new pope

Church leaders note choice of name of St. Francis and Jesuit order of new pope as signal of continued effort to serve poor. Read More

Computers feed minds and bodies in Haiti

United Methodist Communications partnership putting solar-powered technology in hands in remote areas of world. Read More

Methodist history mixed on abolitionism

Individuals recognized for their efforts for freedom, justice and equality, but the church as a whole failed to join despite John Wesley's philosophy. Read More

Haiti 2010: The Haiti Earthquake and Aftermath

In the days, weeks and months following the earthquake, volunteers flocked to Haiti. Read More

Children play between rows of tents at Camp Corail where the United Methodist Committee on Relief is helping provide services. UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

Haiti 2011: Haiti One-year Anniversary

The daunting task of rebuilding the Caribbean nation continued one year later. Read More

Haiti 2013: Healing, Rebuilding

In late February 2013, a team from United Methodist Communications went to Haiti to look at ways in which life has improved since the 2010 earthquake. Read More

A Role in Relief: Melissa Crutchfield

UMCOR team member recalls how the Haiti earthquake changed her. View

Slideshow: Hope and despair at the border

For those torn apart by immigration issues, the wire mesh fence between the U.S. and Mexico is the site of tears and ‘communion.’ View

3 young women = UMCOR’s ‘triumvirate’

When there's a disaster, disease or famine, these three women know they'll be on the ground to help. Read More

United Methodists working to connect Haiti

Communications agency, church volunteers, nonprofit combine to establish technology centers to help Haitians support themselves. Read More

UMTV: Surgeon On A Mission

Dr. Steve Herbst performs surgeries in Nicaragua to serve the poor. View

Pam Carter visiting with the children who attend the College de Freres school. Photos courtesy of David Johnson,

Haiti journal: A bond from sharing tragedy

Returning to Haiti, Pam Carter saw a mixture of sadness and joy. Read More

Members of St. Martin Methodist Church in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, erect a temporary shelter for Sunday worship. UMNS photos by Mike DuBose.

Worship goes on beside damaged Haitian church

Between the ruins of St. Martin Methodist Church and school, chairs are full. Read More