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1779 John Wesley letter

Scholar takes his turn with John Wesley’s letters

Perkins’ Ted Campbell says editing task offered “tremendous learning curve.” Read More

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

The Rev. Edgardo Colón-Emeric blesses the elements of Holy Communion in front of a woodcarving of Leonardo da Vinci's “The Last Supper” at the Upper Room Chapel in Nashville, Tenn. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

Moratorium, study urged on online communion

A group of 27 United Methodist leaders is urging the denomination’s bishops to call a halt for now on the practice of Holy Communion online and do further study of online ministries. The recommendation — made just days before Read More

Petition deadline for 2004 General Conference looming

Individuals and groups wanting to change policies, procedures and practices of the United Methodist Church have only until Nov. 29 to submit petitions to the 2004 General Conference, the denomination's top lawmaking body. Read More

The Rev. Marie Dundja (left) trained Esperance Linda (right) to make arts and crafts so that she could earn income to support her family. Now Linda will be training other girls and mothers in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UMNS.

Microfinance project enriches women’s lives in Congo

Mentoring program empowers women to teach each other to sew and make arts and crafts, with materials donated by United Methodists across the connection. Read More

Thousands of students converged on the state capitol in Tallahassee, Florida, on Feb. 21. Chanting “Vote Them Out,” and carrying signs like “Enough is Enough,” the young people demanded change in gun laws that would prevent future school shootings. Among the protesters were students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the scene of the latest school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Photo by the Rev. Andy Oliver.

United Methodists support teens lobbying Florida lawmakers

A United Methodist elementary teacher says the survivors of the school shooting will be “change agents.” Read More

Bishop Rodolfo A. Juan (left) prays for a leader (red vest) at a camp for displaced people in Malaybalay, Philippines, in 2017. On Feb. 22, Juan made contacts on behalf of a team of five — including two missionaries with the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries— who were briefly detained at a police checkpoint in Koronadal City, Philippines. File photo courtesy of Dan Ela.

Missionaries briefly detained in Philippines

Two United Methodist missionaries were among a group of five briefly detained at a police checkpoint in Koronadal City, Philippines. Read More

Piles of cut wood (photo on left) are all that remain of a large tree that fell when Hurricane Irma moved through Goodland, Fla. Photo on the right shows the clearing of debris in the small fishing village on the end of Marco Island after the Sept. 10, 2017, storm. Photos by Kathleen Barry, Gustavo Vasquez; UMNS. Toggle bar back and forth to reveal either photo.

Irma survivors grateful for church’s help

The news crews are long gone, but The United Methodist Church is still helping Floridians recover from the historic storm. Read More

Dr. Kaly Kayamba Tombe sits on a motorbike delivered by the North Katanga Conference. The United Methodist Board of Global Ministries’ Global Health unit provided funding for the bikes, as well as computers, mobile phones and modems, to improve patient care and data collection in Kamina, Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo by the Rev. Betty Kazadi Musau, UMNS

Church gives doctors in DRC technology tools

With a donation from Global Ministries’ Global Health unit, the North Katanga Conference delivers computers, mobile phones, modems and motorbikes to doctors. Read More

The Rev. Ted A. Campbell

Commentary: Church separation calmly considered

Practicalities of denominational division up could have `deeply adverse’ effects, writes the Rev. Ted A. Campbell in a commentary about possible schism of The United Methodist Church. Read More

Writer and photographer Ken Garfield shakes hands with the Rev. Billy Graham. Garfield, who wrote a book, “Billy Graham-A Life in Pictures,” is the director of communications at Myers Park United Methodist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photo courtesy of Triumph Books/The Charlotte Observer.

Graham influenced many United Methodists

Evangelist famed for televised revivals also took ecumenical approach in spreading the gospel. Read More

Community members, staff and volunteers wish Craig Kirwin (seated, right) a happy birthday during the twice-weekly community café at Wharton and Cleggs Lane Church and Community Centre in Little Hulton, England. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

British church stays alive through service

In northern England, a dying church starts a men’s health group and joins forces with another small congregation to become a real presence in the community. Read More

British Methodists open doors to stay relevant

Like their U.S. counterparts, British Methodist churches face both challenges and opportunities in an increasingly secular society. Read More

Bishop Christian Alsted (far left), Bishop John Yambasu (center back) and Bishop Rosemarie Wenner (far right) join trainees at the dedication of the new United Methodist Women’s Training Center in Bo, southern Sierra Leone. Photo by Phileas Jusus, UMNS.

New training center for women opens in Sierra Leone

The United Methodist Church in Germany provided funds to build the new United Methodist Women’s Training Center for disadvantaged women and girls. Read More

Yah Dorliea, a United Methodist University nursing student, listens intently during a ceremony consecrating the new nursing school in Ganta, Liberia. The school is part of the Winifred J. Harley College of Health Sciences. Photo by E Julu Swen, UMNS.

United Methodist University opens new nursing school campus

The school is the first College of Health Sciences department to relocate to Ganta, a move funded by Global Ministries’ Global Health unit. Read More

James H. Salley sits in the driver seat of a tractor as a child in 1957 surrounded by three of his sisters. Salley, who grew up on his family’s farm in Allendale County, S.C., has established a scholarship at Africa University in honor of his hardworking parents, Marie and James Salley. Photo courtesy of James H. Salley.

Africa University’s top fundraiser endows scholarship

James H. Salley, the top fundraiser for Africa University, has donated more than $130,000 for an endowed scholarship to honor his parents and to help educate students from across Africa. Read More

The sign at the United Methodist Building in Washington, where the Board of Church and Society’s offices are, was changed after the mass shooting at a Parkland, Fla., high school. Photo courtesy of United Methodist Board of Church and Society.

Pastors, churches respond to Florida massacre

As pastors and churches near a mass school shooting respond, one church leader says United Methodists must do more than pray about gun violence. Read More

The Rev. Sylvester Holima (center) organizes United Methodist young adults at UMC House, the home office of the Sierra Leone Conference, in Freetown, as they prepare to take the No Election Violence Campaign on the road. Regional missionary Finda Quiwa (standing, back left, in black head dress) funded the two-day campaign. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

United Methodists preach peaceful Sierra Leone elections

A team of young adults hit the road to promote an anti-violence message ahead of March 7 elections. Read More

A view of the platform from the floor of the 1968 uniting conference in Dallas, where a merger of the Methodist Church and Evangelical United Brethren Church resulted in The United Methodist Church. The Commission on Archives and History offers a number of archives and resources on the history of Methodism. 1968 file photo courtesy of the United Methodist Commission on Archives and History.

Administrative agencies support ministry in myriad ways

Administrative agencies of The United Methodist Church support the denomination’s ministry in myriad ways. This is the final story in a series assessing the work of United Methodist agencies. Read More

Luella Krieger portrays Priscilla from the New Testament, often thought to have been the first female preacher or teacher in early church history. Krieger travels the U.S. as an evangelist doing first-person dramatizations of biblical heroines. Photo courtesy of Luella Krieger.

Evangelists aim to bring Bible to life

Evangelists who proclaim the good news for a living have found new ways to lead revival. Still, it’s a challenging career path. Read More

The “United Methodist Women in Manila” video highlights institutions in Manila, Philippines, founded by the Women’s Foreign Missionaries Association. UMW visited the programs during the “Looking Forward: Women Transcending Boundaries in Solidarity” conference. Video courtesy of United Methodist Women.

Membership agencies focus on advocacy, connections

United Methodist Women and United Methodist Men are advocates on issues such as maternal health and domestic violence. Both are working to strengthen local and conference connections. Third in a four-part series about church agencies. Read More

The president of United Methodist Women in Kibombo, known as “Mama Faila,” carries items received as part of a food security project sponsored by the Global Health unit of the Board of Global Ministries and the Tunda Foundation. The 12-month project was launched in September and targets United Methodists from 10 local churches. Photo courtesy of the East Congo Annual Conference.

United Methodists in DRC get farming help

The Global Health unit of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries is helping farmers in the East Congo Conference improve agricultural production and fight malnutrition. Read More

Bishop John Yambasu delivers his maiden speech as chancellor of United Methodist University in Sierra Leone at the launching and dedication service of the university on Jan. 27. Seated in the front row are the Rev. Kim Cape and Bishop Rosemary Wenner. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

United Methodists in Sierra Leone celebrate launch of university

Bishops John Yambasu, Rosemarie Wenner and others look forward to a brighter future at the dedication of United Methodist University. Read More

The Rev. John Zimmerman had been a United Methodist pastor for 28 years when he and wife, Christine, felt called to take their ministry on the road. The evangelists now travel in their RV from church to church with goal of getting congregations out into their communities. Photo courtesy of the Zimmermans.

Evangelists seek to revitalize churches

Their ministries can look different from that of their sawdust-trail forebears. However, some United Methodists still answer the call to full-time evangelism. Read More

United Methodists were among demonstrators who converged on the U.S. Capitol Dec. 7, 2017, to advocate that Congress act to protect undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. Photo by Tricia Bruckbauer, Church and Society.

Advocacy agency issues make headlines

Three United Methodist agencies that advocate for social justice and equality have seen their issues rocket into international headlines in the past year. This is the second in a series of four articles about denominational agencies. Read More

The Rev. Andy Oliver of Allendale United Methodist Church in St. Petersburg prays with Luis Blanco in front of the Tampa immigration office on January 30, 2018. Blanco was deported to Mexico on Feb. 8. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Andy Oliver.

Immigrant supported by church deported

A Mexican immigrant who had been allowed to stay in the U.S. to care for his family was deported last week — despite the efforts of a United Methodist church and an immigration coalition on Luis Blanco’s behalf. Read More

Bishop Ciriaco Q. Francisco (left) presides over a meeting of the United Methodist Committee on Central Conference Matters in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. At right is the Rev. Deanna Stickley-Miner. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Church leaders hear Way Forward update

Members of four international church leadership bodies, including many General Conference delegates, offered thoughts about possible church futures. Read More

“See All the People” is a video produced by Discipleship Ministries as part of a disciple-making initiative aimed at encouraging United Methodists to connect with people in their communities. Video image courtesy of Discipleship Ministries. Video image courtesy of Discipleship Ministries.

Church agencies stress results, partnerships

The three largest program agencies of The United Methodist Church are stressing results and partnerships. This is the first in a series of four stories about the agencies of the denomination. Read More

Orphans are being sheltered in a church orphanage in Kindu or with host families after rebel violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo displaced residents there. Seated (center, in blue shirt) is East Congo Area Bishop Gabriel Yemba Unda, along with his wife, Marie Claire Unda (to his right), who has been gathering the orphans for Bible study and meals twice a week.

United Methodists help displaced in DRC

United Methodists distribute aid to people displaced by violence in the East Congo Episcopal Area. Read More

Nikki Humbles, a licensed cosmetologist from Brock, Texas, drove four hours on Jan. 27, 2018, to provide free haircuts to Native youth at Clinton Church and Community Center in Clinton, Okla. Humbles became involved with the Clinton ministry after attending a mission trip with Brock United Methodist Church in July 2016. Photo courtesy of Clinton Church and Community Center.

Texas volunteers offer free haircuts to Native families

Nearly 20 children in Oklahoma kicked off the new year with new looks, and their parents were grateful for the money-saving service. Read More

The Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell. A photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS. 2014

Commentary: Church should do more to fight racism

The Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell writes that fairness should motivate The United Methodist Church to do more to fight racism in the church and the world. Read More

Army chaplain Col. Timothy Mallard reunites with Capt. Doug Waite, a United Methodist and retired Navy chaplain, during the taping of “We’ll Meet Again,” episode “Heroes of 9/11,” airing Feb. 13 on PBS. Photo courtesy of Simon Harries/Blink Films.

Chaplains reunited on PBS special ‘We’ll Meet Again’

United Methodist Navy Chaplain Doug Waite and Army Chaplain Timothy Mallard talk about meeting during a crucial time after the Pentagon attack on 9/11. Read More

Members of United Methodist Women listen to reports at the group’s annual meeting Jan. 26-28 in Tappita, Liberia. Photo by E Julu Swen.

New scholarships to help children in rural Liberia

The pilot program is funded by the United Methodist Women and was endorsed at the group’s 71st annual gathering. Read More

The Rev. William B. Lawrence served as president of the United Methodist Judicial Council, and is seen here, with Angela Brown, at a 2012 council hearing. Lawrence, also former dean of Perkins School of Theology, is the author of the new book “A Methodist Requiem: Words of Hope and Resurrection for the Church.” UMNS file photo.

‘A Methodist Requiem’ offers history, analysis, hope

New book by the Rev. William Lawrence, former Judicial Council president and Perkins dean, deals with schism threat. Read More

Zimbabwe women learn skills in entrepreneurship during a workshop sponsored by The United Methodist Church and Homelink Zimbabwe held in Harare. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UMNS.

Church in Zimbabwe helps women start their own businesses

Women learn to draft proposals and secure loans at five-day entrepreneurship training. Read More

The Rev. David Wilson. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Commentary: Mascot change first step in right direction

The Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference applauds the Cleveland Indians’ decision to stop using the Chief Wahoo logo and urges The United Methodist Church to consider its own ‘firm action.’ Read More

The Yellowstone Conference raised more than $100,000 in a special Harvest Time Legacy campaign and for the first time in a long time, the conference is paying 100 percent of general church giving. Photo by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications; logo courtesy of the Yellowstone Conference.

Faithful giving puts Yellowstone back on solid footing

More than $100,000 was raised, and for the first time in a long while, the conference is paying 100 percent of general church giving. Read More

The Rev. Robert N. Sieh, director of The United Methodist Church’s Bishop Judith Craig Children’s Village, and children pose with their new bus.  Photo by E Julu Swen, UMNS.

Bishop Judith Craig Children’s Village gets bus, mattresses

Gifts from Ohio church and Detroit Conference help Liberian facility with field trips and accommodations. Read More

A victim is carried to a mass grave in the village of Katibu in Lau, Nigeria. A recent attack by herdsmen in Taraba State left more than 50 people dead, including 38 United Methodists, according to the Rev. Irmiya Bako, district superintendent of the Yugorobi district. Photo by the Rev. Ande I. Emmanuel, UMNS.

United Methodists among dead in Nigeria attack

The attack, which left more than 55 dead, occurred as clashes over land intensified between mostly Muslim herdsmen and Christian farmers. Read More

For four straight years, a record number of U.S. conferences have contributed to general church funds. Church: Steven Kyle Adair, clouds: Kathleen Barry, UMCom; coins: Kevin Schneider, courtesy of Pixabay; illustration: Laurens Glass, UMNS.

For 4th year, church sees record giving

This year also marks the first time the denomination’s finance agency is also reporting apportionments from outside the U.S. Read More

A new water tank helps combat cholera by providing clean water at the Jerusalem United Methodist Church in the community of Kandundu, Zambia. Photo by John Chikuta, UMNS.

Zambia church helps with cholera prevention

A United Methodist church in Zambia has drilled a borehole and added a water tank to help slow the spread of cholera. Read More

The UM Sexual Ethics website provides an online resource for people seeking information about sexual misconduct within the church. Results from a 2017 survey by the Commission on the Status and Role of Women found that knowledge about the church’s policies and procedures had declined.

Church survey finds drop in sexual harassment

While reported incidents against clergy, laity and employees are down, seminary students experienced an increase, the United Methodist Commission on the Status and Role of Women reports. Read More

Wesley United Methodist Church in Pujehan, southern Sierra Leone, was officially unveiled on Dec. 11, 2017. The church is the first United Methodist building to be constructed in the Pujehun District. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

Denomination’s membership tops 12.5 million

United Methodist growth worldwide comes even as the U.S. continues to see its membership and worship attendance slide. Read More

A young DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipient whose future plans include joining the United States military forces. Video image from “The JFON DREAMers,” courtesy of Justice for Our Neighbors.

Bishop: Immigration plan needs care and prayers

As government works on immigration reform, church leaders emphasize keeping families together and caring for all God’s children. Read More

The Rev. Levi Bautista, third from left, moderates a panel during the Fourth Annual Symposium on the Role of Religion and Faith-Based Organizations in International Affairs. The event at the United Nations brought together faith and diplomatic representatives to discuss the topic of migration. Photo by Quinn Wonderling, Board of Church and Society.

Faith groups put human face on migration

United Methodists help organize U.N. symposium reinforcing critical role of faith-based organizations in responding to global migration. Read More

Map courtesy of Wikimedia Creative Commons with type adaptation by United Methodist News Service.

Churches in Congo pray for peace, condemn attack on protestors

Local church leaders urge United Methodists to continue prayers for a peaceful election process as fears of violence keep many away from worship services. Read More

The Council of Bishops and the Commission on the Status and Role of Women want people with allegations of sexual harassment or misconduct to know they will be heard. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

Bishops, agency respond to #MeToo movement

United Methodist leaders acknowledge that the church is not immune to sexual misconduct, and they pledge to take such allegations seriously. Read More

George Manneh Weah salutes during the playing of Liberia’s national anthem at his inauguration as the country’s 24th president at Samuel Doe stadium in Monrovia. Weah, a United Methodist and former soccer star, was elected by more than 61 percent of the vote. Photo by E Julu Swen, UMNS.

United Methodist sworn in as new president of Liberia

During induction ceremony, President George Manneh Weah vows to end government corruption. 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

Bishop Hee-Soo Jung, director with Global Ministries, photographed during the Oct. 19-22, 2016 board meeting. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Commentary: 5 propositions for the Korean United Methodist Church

The Wisconsin Area bishop makes some proposals for the Korean United Methodist Church in today’s world. Read More

Two long-divided United Methodist groups in Burundi are joining to try to unite the church’s witness. A composite of map images from Google shows the location of the east African nation, below Rwanda. Map images courtesy of Google Maps.

Agencies help fund Burundi church reunification

Both the denomination’s finance and mission agencies are helping to defray costs of a special meeting for reconciliation — a rare move since they cut funding in 2012 to East Africa. Read More

Anotida Kadiramwando writes her name on the computer at Murewa Day Care Centre in Zimbabwe. A program, sponsored by The United Methodist Church in collaboration with the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education in Zimbabwe, aims to have computer laboratories at all United Methodist-run schools in Zimbabwe by 2025. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UMNS.

Church in Zimbabwe introduces kids to computers

New program aims to have computer laboratories at all church-run schools by 2025. Read More

Auschwitz survivor, United Methodist dead at 92

Jadwiga Bogucka-Regulska was a member of Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Warsaw for many decades. Read More

Bats began roosting in trees on the grounds of Ganta United Methodist Hospital in Liberia in November. Patrick Mantor, a hospital administrator, said the bats left “without any human action” and never entered the hospital, despite earlier reports. Photo by Julu Swen, UMNS.

Going a little batty at Ganta Hospital

But there were no bats in the belfrey or any area inside Ganta United Methodist Hospital in Liberia. Read More

Women of Office United Methodist Church in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, welcome visitors to the church which offers ministries to women affected by their country's 20 years of war. File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Conferences near goal for Congo rape survivors’ center

Three United Methodist conferences are collaborating with the East Congo Conference to build the Mama Lynn Center. 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

Bishop Bruce R. Ough is the Council of Bishops president. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Bishops condemn Trump’s reported remarks on immigrants

The United Methodist Council of Bishops has condemned President Trump’s reported remarks about immigrants from Haiti and Africa. Read More

The Rev. W. T. Handy, preaching in the 1950s. He later was elected one of the early African-American bishops in The United Methodist Church’s South Central Jurisdiction, and he’s among three African-American episcopal leaders featured in an exhibit at Perkins School of Theology’s Bridwell Library. Photo courtesy Bridwell Library.

‘Black Archives Matter’ campaign catches on

Archivist at United Methodist Perkins School of Theology goes all out to collect, process, publicize African-American materials. Read More

Women and children gather water at a watering point in the Irambo District of Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo. A cholera epidemic was declared in the South Kivu Province in August and continues today. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UMNS

Congo churches react to cholera epidemic

United Methodists in the South Kivu Province help with prevention efforts, including distributing water purification tablets. Read More

Clergy from the Council of Churches of Sierra Leone lead worshippers to the bottom of Mount Sugar Loaf where hundreds of bodies are still buried under the rubble of a devastating landslide. Photo by Phileas Jusu, United Methodist News Service

2017: The year in UMNS photos

Our News Service staff travels to cover important events for the church. Take a look at some of the images they shot to sum up the year 2017. Read More

Way Forward Commission tops 2017 news stories

The work of the commission addressing the church’s debate over homosexuality topped news poll for second consecutive year. Read More

Calhoun (Mo.) United Methodist Church is one of two small rural churches Margie Briggs writes about in “Can You Just Get Them Through Until Christmas?”

Lay minister writes ‘turnaround story’ of small churches

Margie Briggs hopes book will rekindle faith in churches that have fewer than 100 members. Read More

Anny Butunga Mwindulwa distributes a mosquito net to new mother Aziza Rachel outside the Irambo Clinic maternity ward in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lononga, UMNS.

Church, Congolese government partner on maternal health

A new maternity facility will keep expectant mothers from having to walk up to 25 kilometers to the nearest hospital. Read More

George Manneh Weah speaks during his inauguration as the country’s 24th president at Samuel Doe stadium in Monrovia.  Weah, a United Methodist and former soccer star, was elected by more than 61 percent of the vote. Photo by E Julu Swen, UMNS.

Bishop: Support United Methodist president-elect in Liberia

George Manneh Weah, a former soccer star and a United Methodist, will be sworn in Jan. 22 as Liberia’s new president. Read More

Inmates can see visitors through the bars of the custodial facility main gate of the Camalig Meycauayan City Jail in Bulacan, Philippines. The city jail is designed for 90 detainees, but has more than 200. Members of New Hill Burning Bush United Methodist Church recently distributed medicines to the inmates.

Filipino church provides medicines for jail inmates

Members of a United Methodist church distributed medicines to the overcrowded Camalig Meycauayan City Jail. Read More

Women and children take sanctuary inside the Light and Life United Methodist Church in Tacloban City, Philippines, after Typhoon Urduja, also known as Kai-Tak, struck the area on Dec. 16. Three persons reportedly died and thousands of families were driven from their homes by floods and landslides. Photo courtesy of Iris Picardal-Terana and Ronnel Tuscano de Juan, Light and Life United Methodist Church.

Filipino church offers sanctuary during typhoon

Church members and six families took refuge in Light and Life United Methodist Church as thousands were driven from their homes by flooding and landslides. Read More

Recent immigrants work on exercises during their German class at Erlöserkirche Evangelisch-methodistische (United Methodist Church of the Redeemer) in Bremen, Germany. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Churches unite in support of migrants

Global Migration Sunday inspires congregations to give, pray for displaced people around the world. Read More

Students, teachers and other adults reach out their hands in prayer toward a new toilet facility during a dedication at LACOSHA Community Institute in the Pipeline Community, in Paynesville, Liberia. The dedication was part of activities marking World Toilet Day by the United Methodist Church in Liberia. Photo by Julu Swen, UMNS.

Church in Liberia donating school toilets

The United Methodist Church in Liberia is helping to keep students healthy by donating toilets to schools. 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

Ryan Mould was children’s choir director at Trinity United Methodist Church for three years before being fired because he is gay.

Gay United Methodist choir director fired

After three years as children’s choir director, Ryan Mould was fired and told homosexuals cannot be “spiritual leaders.” Read More

While trying to straighten out the archives at First United Methodist Church in Alexandria, Louisiana, Reba Harrington and Mary Vizzier discovered a worn case holding the 1943 film “Christ Is Born.” The church made the film, collaborating with movie professionals from the Army Signal Corps stationed at nearby Camp Livingston. A restored version of the film will be shown at the church on Sunday, Dec. 17. Photo courtesy the Louisiana Conference.

New life for church’s 1943 Christmas film

Two women at First United Methodist in Alexandria, Louisiana, spark revival of movie the church made with the Army’s help. Read More

Members of Humboldt Park United Methodist Church in Chicago joined in an ecumenical Las Posadas procession. The re-enactment of Mary and Joseph’s search for safe lodging carries special resonance for at least one family at the church. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Paula Cripps-Vallejo.

How an immigrant family found room at the inn

Las Posadas is the Mexican tradition of re-enacting Joseph and Mary’s search for safe lodging for Christ’s birth. For one family, the tradition has special resonance. Read More

Bishop Rodolfo A. Juan (left), gives a set of pajama to an injured soldier during a two-day relief effort in June by Filipino United Methodists for wounded military and people displaced by violent conflicts in the Philippines. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Capt. Eduardo Copliting.

Church helped ease the pain in Filipino siege

Church assisted Filipinos caught in the battle between government forces and Islamic State militants on the island of Mindanao. Read More

Congo United Methodists decry deadly attack on UN peacekeepers

Bishop Gabriel Yemba Unda calls for peace after deadliest attack in recent memory Read More

Cindy Bishop, Wesley Nurse, leads a nutrition class in the community center of a colonia, east of Edinburg, Texas. Bishop is based at the First United Methodist Church in Edinburg, one of 88 church-based Wesley Nurses employed by Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas. The nurses focus on improving the health of the uninsured. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS.

Wesley Nurses offer care, prayer

Church program puts registered nurses in United Methodist churches across south Texas, with focus on helping the uninsured. Sam Hodges reports from Edinburg, Texas, for United Methodist News Service. Read More

Thick smoke streams from several fires in southern California on NASA’s Terra satellite image from Dec. 5, 2017. Ojai, California, is 20 miles from Ventura.

Pastor shares experience of California fire

Fast-moving Southern California fires continue to spread. The best way to help at this time is to give to the UMCOR U.S. Disaster Response Advance #901670. Read More

United Methodists were among demonstrators who converged on the U.S. Capitol to advocate that Congress act to protect undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. Photo by Tricia Bruckbauer, Church and Society.

Protests for Dreamers lead to arrests

United Methodists joined with people across the country rallying for Congress to protect immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. Read More

Choir member Juliana Amoah prays during worship at Calvary United Methodist Church, a Ghanaian congregation in Hamburg, Germany. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Migrant churches provide piece of home

Immigrants want their own churches with familiar language and worship, but the second generation may not speak the language and likely identifies more with German society. Read More

The Rev. Chi My Nguyen (left) visits with parishioner Nguyen Trung Dung at his sushi restaurant in Frankfurt, Germany.  Nguyen is the only Vietnamese United Methodist pastor in Germany, serving a church of about 40 immigrants in Frankfurt. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Journey to pulpit began in peril

The only Vietnamese United Methodist pastor in Germany was a boat person who now leads a church of about 40 immigrants in Frankfurt. Read More

Grace Musuka, a United Methodist regional missionary in Zimbabwe, holds a lemongrass plant during a five-day organic farming training at Fambidzanai Permaculture Training Center in Harare. The objective of the workshop, hosted by the United Methodist Women of Zimbabwe, is to increase the use of chemical-free farming techniques in crop and animal production. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UMNS.

Zimbabwean women train in organic farming

With global demand for organic food on the rise, United Methodists are training Zimbabwean farmers to go without synthetic substances in crop and animal production. Read More

Darlene Marquez-Caramanzana, a United Methodist deaconess, speaks during the International Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Quezon City, Philippines. The National Council of Churches in the Philippines and the Association of Women in Theology sponsored the observance. Photo by Jonathan Sta. Rosa.

Deaconesses observe anti-violence against women day

United Methodist deaconesses in the Philippines took part in an ecumenical gathering calling for an end to violence against women. Read More

Wilmot Collins made big news recently as a Liberian refugee who won election as mayor of Helena, Montana. Collins and his wife, Maddie, are longtime, active members at Helena's Covenant United Methodist Church. Photo courtesy of Wilmot Collins.

Refugee U.S. mayor-elect is United Methodist

Wilmot Collins, mayor-elect of Helena, Montana, is a Liberian refugee and a United Methodist. Read More

During a “Loss of Turtle Island” exercise at the Northeastern Jurisdiction Native American Ministries Committee annual gathering, participants were led through an experience that illustrated the progressive loss of land, culture and life of Native peoples in the United States. Photo by the Rev. Deborah Coble, West Virginia Conference.

Celebrating Native American outreach, advocacy

Northeastern Jurisdiction annual gathering spotlights successes, offers opportunities to learn from the past. Read More

Crowds in Harare, Zimbabwe, carried signs and chanted “Mugabe must go” after the military there placed President Robert Mugabe under house arrest.

Prayers for peace lifting Zimbabwe

United Methodists see hope in a new president in African country that has suffered years of tyranny. Read More

Commentary: Sharing the stories of refugees

United Methodist teenager creates monologues, photo exhibit to educate others about the plight of displaced people. Read More

Abel Gbeadquoi sits on his Personal Energy Transportation vehicle, a gift from the United Methodist Women in Liberia. Photo by Julu Swen, UMNS.

Mobilizing the physically challenged in Liberia

Hand-cranked transportation devices are invaluable in areas where the terrain is too uneven for traditional wheelchairs. Liberia’s UMW distributed $54K worth of them. Read More

The Rev. Daisy Gbloh (center, standing), supported by the Rev. Winston Ashcroft and the Rev. Alex Josiah, baptizes a woman at the Female Correctional Center in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

Baptism for imprisoned Sierra Leone women

The seven women also were confirmed as United Methodists at the Freetown Female Correctional Center. Read More

John Flomo, 66, has lived at the Ganta Leprosy and TB Rehab Center since he was 15 years old. The center is part of the United Methodist Ganta Mission Station in Ganta, Liberia. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Liberian leper colony a lifetime commitment to care

Fears of leprosy cause many families to shun those with the disease. A United Methodist rehab center shows them compassion and love. Read More

Phebe Duff (left) listens to a question from the Rev. Steve Court, General Council on Finance and Administration board member, about a new compensation structure for general agency staff. Duff, GCFA’s global director of human resources, presented the proposed pay ranges during the board’s meeting Nov. 15 at the United Methodist Publishing House. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS

Agency employees to see changes in pay scales

The General Council on Finance and Administration board unanimously approved new pay ranges for agency staff, despite objections of agency top executives. Read More

The Rev. Mary Elizabeth Moore, dean of Boston University School of Theology, helped lead a Nov. 12-15 colloquy in Boston titled “Missio Dei and the United States: Toward a Faithful United Methodist Witness.

‘Missio Dei’ proves challenging colloquy topic

Board of Higher Education and Ministry gathers United Methodist bishops, seminary scholars for discussion of God’s mission for the church Read More

More than 300 people traveled to Impact Church in Atlanta to be part of a discussion on the possible future of The United Methodist Church. The Uniting Methodists Conference was held Nov. 13-14. Photo by Kathy L. Gilbert, UMNS.

Uniting participants call for unity, bravery

More than 400 people participated in a conference that emphasized The United Methodist Church’s strengths despite its differences over LGBTQ issues. Read More

Bishop Hee-Soo Jung speaks with Rebecca Cole, director of grassroots organizing at the United Methodist Board of Church and Society, at the three-day “Peace on the Korean Peninsula” seminar held at the United Methodist Building in Washington, Nov. 13-15. Korean-American United Methodists added their voices to the growing number of people calling on the U.S. government to tone down the rhetoric on North Korea. Photo by Erik Alsgaard, the Baltimore-Washington Conference.

Joining the call for peace on Korean Peninsula

United Methodists need to educate themselves, others to become faithful advocates for peacebuilding. Read More

Classes were being held as usual on Nov. 15 at The United Methodist Church's Africa University in Mutare, Zimbabwe. The military took control of the capitol city of Harare and arrested President Robert Mugabe and his wife.

AU campus, students safe amid Zimbabwe unrest

Classes were held as usual at Africa University on Nov. 15 while United Methodists prayed for their country as the military took control in Zimbabwe. Read More

Set in 18th century Cornwall, England, the TV series, “Poldark,” tells the story of Ross Poldark, played by Aidan Turner (right), and his wife Demelza, played by Eleanor Tomlinson. The story takes place around the time when the Methodist movement gained momentum among working class people in Cornwall, and the third season features a Methodist subplot. Photo courtesy of Mammoth Screen.

‘Poldark’ on PBS features Methodist storyline

Popular MASTERPIECE drama set in 18th century Cornwall, England, shows how Methodism renewed heartfelt faith. Read More

At Juba Camp in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Bishop John Yambasu (fourth from left, front row) leads a symbolic handing over of 200 bags of rice to the Office of National Security, the government agency in charge of coordinating welfare matters for survivors of deadly mudslide Aug. 14. Because survivors are not allowed to cook in their temporary plastic-cover homes, the ONS hires people to prepare food for them three times a day. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

Mudslide survivors worried over future

Camps for survivors of August mudslides, flooding in Sierra Leone will close Nov. 15. Read More

Bailee Allen (right) credits Phillip “Bugsy” Barnoski, family and community coordinator at Oklahoma’s Rougher Alternative Academy, with helping her get her life on track. Now 19, she is enrolled at the College of the Muscogee Nation, where she is studying to be a student services worker. “Just seeing how Bugsy impacted kids that didn’t have much, making them feel happy, making them feel important and equal, made me want to do that,” she said. Photo by Ginny Underwood, UMNS.

Native American creates an oasis for troubled teens

“Bugsy” Barnoski sees himself in the young people at Oklahoma’s Rougher Alternative Academy. He’s made it his mission to help them find their purpose and embrace their Native heritage. Read More

Bishops pray for the Holy Spirit’s guidance during worship Nov. 8 at the Council of Bishops meeting at Lake Junaluska, N.C. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS.

Bishops: Be respectful in difficult times

As the church’s debate about its future intensifies, bishops say they are hearing of increased animosity leading in some cases to disrupted worship. Read More

Courtesy photo of Tim Tanton, Executive Director, Global Voices, News and Information.

Commentary: The church’s news and why it matters

Today more than ever, The United Methodist Church and society in general need professional news reporting. Read More

Linglestown Life United Methodist Church, in Harrisburg, Pa. had training Oct. 9 on what to do in the case of an active shooter. John Lubawski of the ALICE Training Institute led the session. Photo courtesy the Rev. George Reynolds.

Churches bear down on safety after Texas attack

Massacre at Baptist church prompts United Methodist churches to seek active shooter training. Read More

Bishops pray with their episcopal colleagues who serve on the Commission on a Way Forward during a meeting of the Council of Bishops at Lake Junaluska, N.C., on Nov. 8, 2017. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS.

Bishops consider 3 models for church future

The bishops are looking at three possibilities of LGBTQ inclusion sketched by the Commission on Way Forward. Read More