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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

Singer Michael Franti joins the rally for Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in front of San Francisco’s City Hall on June 21.

Appointments leave Glide without United Methodist pastor

Bishop Minerva Carcaño, episcopal leader of the California-Nevada Annual Conference is conducting a ministry assessment of the church. Read More

Yollanda Washaya, innovation hub manager for Africa University, works to implement new ideas such as building a biogas digester to recycle waste, operating a 3D printer to create prototypes, and branding. Photo by Eveline Chikwanah, UMNS.

AU students working on clean energy

Students at the United Methodist university are researching a renewable clean energy source for rural communities. Read More

United Methodist Bishop Mary Ann Swenson, vice-moderator of the World Council of Churches Central Committee,  greets Pope Francis in Geneva, Switzerland. Photo by Albin Hillert, WCC.

Pope Francis models Christian unity at WCC

Pope’s visit highlights ecumenical cooperation, caps off meeting that also included a focus on peace on Korean peninsula. Read More

The National Federation of Asian American United Methodists’ 2018 gathering on May 4 at El Segundo United Methodist Church in El Segundo, California. Photo by Pong Javier.

Asian-Americans celebrate church tradition

The National Federation for Asian American United Methodists celebrated 43 years of advocating for what is now the fastest-growing population in the U.S. Read More

Micheline Ongambo and Prince Onaunya of Youth for Christ in the Kindu South District of the East Congo Conference raise their hands in prayer during youth leadership training.  Photo by Chadwack Tambwe Londe, UMNS.

Youth leaders focus on guiding others to Jesus Christ

Two workshops in Congo encourage effective, prophetic and transforming leadership for the church and the community. 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

Photo of William Lawrence by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Commentary: Threat of schism hangs over jubilee of church

The constitution of The United Methodist Church faces a critical test, the Rev. William B. Lawrence and Sally Curtis AsKew write in an essay about the crisis facing the denomination. Read More

People gather in the Plaza Miranda in Manila, Philippines, to mourn the death of the Rev. Richmond Nilo, a Catholic priest who was shot and killed June 10 while preparing for Mass in Zaragoza, about 60 miles north of Manila. Photo courtesy of Norma Dollaga.

United Methodists join protest of priest killings

More than 100 people attend Day of Mourning and Protest in Plaza Miranda after fourth priest is killed June 10. Read More

“We have baptized more than 67 people during last year and received them in the family of Jesus”, said the Rev. Juan Garay who is pastor at Urban Poiema Church. Photo courtesy by Urban Poiema Church Communications Team.

Vibrant, multicultural congregation growing

A multicultural ministry in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has more than doubled membership in the past three years. The pastor talks about the church's journey. Read More

Kim and Donna Hines of Rockport, Texas, who lost their home in Hurricane Harvey, accept a quilt from Zelina Alvarado, a case management worker from the Rio Texas Conference. The conference was able to find financing and volunteer labor that helped the couple make a new home from their garage and a second structure on their property. Photo courtesy of the Rio Texas Conference.

Rio Texas offers hurricane recovery tour

United Methodist conference notes progress made, but need for volunteers continues nine months after Harvey. Read More

A composite of photos shows children in the Punia Territory of the Democratic Republic of Congo working in the local mining industry. The church is helping children who are being forced to work at a young age, many of whom are orphans. Photos courtesy of the Rev. Bundibani Mikembe, Punia District superintendent.

Congo United Methodists fight recruiting children for mining

Children, including many orphans, in the Punia Territory have little choice but to work in the mining industry. Read More

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions faces criticism, even charges under church law, from fellow United Methodists unhappy with his enforcement and justification of the Trump Administration's zero tolerance policy on immigration violations. Official portrait by United States Department of Justice.

Clergy, laity file complaint against Sessions

The attorney general is accused of violating The United Methodist Church’s law through enforcement of zero tolerance immigration policy. Read More

Sessions criticized for ‘zero tolerance’ Bible quote

Fellow United Methodists among those faulting attorney general for immigration policy, rhetoric. Read More

Members of the 2018 Michigan Annual Conference meet in Traverse City, Mich. Conferences, including Michigan, voted on resolutions that signal their aspirations for the special General Conference in 2019. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Annual conferences mixed on bishops’ plan

Some have endorsed the bishops’ recommended One Church Model. Some want a more traditionalist approach. Read More

United Methodist clergywomen from the Zimbabwe Episcopal Area gather for a leadership development workshop in Harare. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UMNS.

United Methodist clergywomen urged to overcome odds

Bishop Eben K. Nhiwatiwa tells workshop participants it is time for church and society to recognize clergywomen’s leadership role. Read More

Nombhedesho Maquba (standing, left) volunteers with a soup kitchen ministry operated by young adults of The United Methodist Church of South Africa in Durban. Photo by Nandipha Mkwalo, UMNS.

Young United Methodists start soup kitchen in South Africa

The United Methodist Church’s Young Adult Organization launches community service project to help those in need and spread the word of God. Read More

The Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit, the World Council of Churches’ top executive, left, and Andrzej Choromański of the Roman Catholic Church’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, present a graphic symbol of the June 21 visit by Pope Francis to the WCC during a May 15 press conference in Geneva. Photo by Albin Hillert/WCC

Pope Francis, Koreans to attend WCC gathering

United Methodists will be part of the meeting at the ecumenical group’s headquarters in Geneva. Read More

Zimbabwe Area Bishop Eben K. Nhiwatiwa (second from right) toured the new Munyarari Mission health clinic in Mutare, Zimbabwe, during the early stages of construction. Bel Air United Methodist Church in Bel Air, Maryland, funded the new facility as part of a Chabadza partnership with the Zimbabwe East Conference. Photo by Eveline Chikwanah, UMNS.

Maryland church helps fund new Zimbabwe health clinic

Work has begun on a modern health facility at Munyarari Mission, which will include a maternity wing, outpatient rooms and staff housing. Read More

A person standing in the United States reaches their hand toward Mexico along the border fence at El Faro Park in Tijuana, Mexico, in 2012. United Methodists are joining opposition to a new “zero tolerance” policy that is separating immigrant families. File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

United Methodists fight separation of immigrant families

A new “zero tolerance” policy which takes children away from their families is inhumane, faith leaders say. Read More

Gracious Matika (left) and her sister, Varaidzo, pose with her new diploma after Africa University’s June 9 graduation ceremony. Photo by Eveline Chikwanah, UMNS.

AU grad’s study supported by U.S. teen

The work of a 14-year-old inspired to send a girl to university paid off this month when Gracious Matika received her diploma from Africa University. Read More

The United Methodist Church’s Njagboima secondary school in Bo, Sierra Leone, sits empty after it was heavily damaged by severe storms. Educators and church officials are trying to come up with a plan to allow affected students to finish out the school year while repairs are underway. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

Storm shuts down United Methodist schools in Sierra Leone

Educators and church officials are trying to come up with a plan to allow students to finish out the school year while repairs are underway. Read More

Jonas Assogba (center) grins as he tries to answer a question during a church version of the newlywed game at Nazareth United Methodist Church in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. The game marked the completion of a three-and-a-half month course on marriage.

Missionary: To boost church, boost marriages

A missionary has started a course to help married couples strengthen their relationships. Graduation featured a church version of The Newlywed Game. Read More

Africa University students celebrate their graduation from the United Methodist-related school in Mutare, Zimbabwe. This year’s graduating class had students from 21 African countries. Photo by the Africa University Department of Information and Public Affairs.

616 Africa University students graduate

Africa University graduates 616 students, and Boeing executive endows scholarship for women. Read More

Dr. Marie Claire Manafundu (left) visits children in the Irambo neighborhood in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo, where poor nutrition has become a problem, especially for children. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UMNS.

Hospitals in Congo concerned by growing child malnutrition

Poor nutrition is becoming a major problem in areas of the Congo where people have been displaced due to violence and natural disasters. Read More

United Methodist Insurance, a part of the General Council on Finance and Administration, has put together a free, downloadable booklet on how churches can prepare for natural disasters and extreme weather. Artwork courtesy of GCFA

Help for churches in preparing for disaster

United Methodist Insurance has produced a free e-booklet to help churches prepare for emergencies even before it looks like we're in for nasty weather. Read More

Dr. Marie Claire Manafundu, head of the Mama Lynn Center and wife of East Congo Area Bishop Gabriel Yemba Unda, examines clothing at the Panzi Foundation in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo, where victims of rape are able to learn a trade such as sewing to help support themselves. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UMNS.

Church seeks partnership for rape survivors’ center

As Mama Lynn Center nears completion in Congo, United Methodists look to Panzi Foundation for possible partnership on training, other services. Read More

Bishop Patrick Streiff preaches in Shumen, Buglaria. Under proposed amendments to Bulgaria’s Religious Denominations Act, Streiff — who leads the Central and Southern Europe Conference — would have to get government permission to preach in Bulgaria. Photo courtesy of The United Methodist Church in Bulgaria.

Bulgarian proposals would affect churches

Proposed amendments to Bulgaria’s Religious Denominations Act could affect financial support for United Methodist pastors, as well as who could serve. Read More

A woman watches as teacher Mwita Baita Baitele digs a hole during a training session on organic farming in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in April. Members of United Methodist Women gathered to share what they eat every day and where and how they grow their food. Photo by the Rev. Betty Kazadi Musau, UMNS.

UMW members learn about organic farming in Tanzania

Workshop teaches women about organic fertilizers, farming and the use and protection of soil. Read More

A student at Murewa United Methodist Mission School receives a human papillomavirus vaccine. The vaccine protects against cervical cancer. Photo by Sydney Mapisaunga, deputy head of the school.

Zimbabwe United Methodists work to defeat cervical cancer

Effort to combat leading cause of death among Zimbabwean women focuses on education and prevention. Read More

United Methodist publishing teams in Africa, sponsored by Discipleship Resources International, are providing hymnals, liturgy, curriculum and other educational materials to help spread the gospel. The teams met May 1-5 in Johannesburg, South Africa, to share strategies as the teams make inroads in spreading United Methodism on the continent. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

African publishing provides hymnals, curriculum

Publishing teams are helping keep United Methodists informed about the church, as well as providing needed study and preaching materials. Read More

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Korean United Methodists appeal for prayer

Possibility of a summit between the U.S. and North Korea raises expectations among United Methodists. Read More

Student Susannah Gaye of Bassa High School plants a tree Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County, Liberia, as part of a United Methodist effort to combat climate change. Photo by E Julu Swen, UMNS.

United Methodist Church in Liberia targets planting 250,000 trees

A Peace with Justice celebration challenged Liberians to plant trees to combat the effects deforestation and climate change have had on the coastal nation. Read More

Remembering the West Africa Ebola epidemic four years ago, United Methodist communicators in Africa and their colleagues in the United States are working together to send messages to church members in the affected regions to educate the community about how to avoid contact with the disease. Photo by Pierre Omadjela, UMNS.

Text messages educate about Ebola in Congo

Combating a new Ebola outbreak, Central Conference communicators work with United Methodist colleagues to send daily words of help and hope. Read More

Worshippers, many of whom voted to withdraw from The United Methodist Church, join in a service May 27 at the Porter Funeral Home Chapel in Louisville, Miss. The Mississippi Conference is seeking to keep First United Methodist Church property in United Methodist hands.

Conference claims property of exiting church

The Mississippi Conference says departing members of First United Methodist Church in Louisville can’t take the property with them. Now the matter heads to court. Read More

Bishop LaTrelle Easterling preaches on unity during worship at the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, on May 30. Photo by Tony Richards.

Bishop rules 2 LGBTQ clergy candidates ineligible

Baltimore-Washington bishop rules two clergy candidates approved by the Board of Ordained ministry are not eligible because they are “self-avowed practicing homosexuals.” Read More

Families whose homes were destroyed by fire on May 5, 2018, in Joyah, Sierra Leone. The fire left 75 residents homeless. Photo by Elizabeth Mattia.

Fire destroys eight homes in remote Sierra Leone community

A mysterious fire left 75 residents homeless and affected a health center supported by the Sierra Leone Conference. Read More

The Zimbabwe Council of Churches organized a march to foster peaceful elections. Photo by Tapiwa Dzuda, UMNS.

Zimbabwe churches march for peace

Encouraging understanding and awareness of the church’s role during elections, United Methodists join others in advocacy and prayer. 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

Courtesy photo of Leicester R. Longden.

Commentary: Rescuing Outler’s ‘Visions and Dreams’

Scholar says the late Rev. Albert Outler’s famous Uniting Conference address has been misinterpreted. Read More

The Rev. Bodijar Popov shows the Rev. Jessica Morris-Ivanova one of his father’s books. Father and son, Simeon and Bodijar Popov, both served Shumen Methodist Church in Bulgaria. Photo by Ginny Whitehouse.

Pastor relates struggles under communism

The son of a Bulgarian Methodist pastor, now a pastor himself, tells of the struggles his father faced in keeping his church going under communism. Read More

United Methodists in the town of Beni welcome people fleeing violence in the so-called ‘triangle of death’ between the localities of Mbau-Kamango and Eringeti in the territory of Beni. Nineteen were killed in the latest violence. Photo by Emile Ulangi, UMNS.

United Methodist killed during massacre in Beni

A United Methodist was among 19 killed in the latest violence in the Beni territory. Read More

Bishop Bruce R. Ough (left) greets Bishop Scott Jones prior to the May 22 oral hearing before the United Methodist Judicial Council in Evanston, Ill. The two argued different positions before the court. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

Court ruling spurs competing interpretations

Focus now turns to how the special General Conference will determine which pieces of legislation are “in harmony” with its stated purpose. Read More

Bishop Gabriel Yemba Unda (right) gives a Bible to a United Methodist pastor in Kindu, Congo, as part of the church’s Bikes and Bibles ministry to help pastors make disciples in inaccessible areas. Photo by Judith Osongo Yanga, UMNS.

Bikes extend evangelism in East Congo

Bikes and Bibles ministry helps church leaders make disciples in areas that were once inaccessible. Read More

The flag on the main flagpole outside Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Santa Fe, Texas, flies at half-staff in memory of shooting victims at Santa Fe High School, including church member Jared Black, 17. The other flags on the lawn are part of the church’s Memorial Day display and the kneeling figure honors fallen police officers. Photo by Sherri Gragg, Cross Connection

Church, family mourn teen killed in school shooting

Jared Black was remembered at a memorial service at Aldersgate United Methodist Church as an artistic boy who loved his mama, his dogs and superheroes. Sherri Gregg reports for United Methodist News Service. Read More

A men’s soccer team is an outreach ministry of Granary United Methodist Church in Harare, Zimbabwe. Photo courtesy of Granary United Methodist Church Communications.

Soccer leads Zimbabwe United Methodists toward evangelism goal

Playing a game they love, Mubvuwi We men have fun, promote healthy lifestyles. Read More

Members of the Commission on a Way Forward converse with each other as they complete their final commission meeting on May 23 at the Upper Room chapel in Nashville, Tenn. Many commission members credit the book “The Anatomy of Peace” with helping them work together. Photo by Maidstone Mulenga, Council of Bishops.

Can a book help the church stay together?

A number of delegations to special General Conference are reading “The Anatomy of Peace” to prepare for their work. Here's why. Read More

Men of Bishop Baughman United Methodist Church, supported by the church’s women and other men’s groups, walk across western Freetown, Sierra Leone, sharing messages of peace and reconciliation with the aid of a microphone and speaker. After bitterly fought elections left Sierra Leone divided along tribal and regional lines, the men wanted to evangelize in new ways to help bring the country together. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

United Methodist Men take unity message to the streets

After bitterly fought elections that left Sierra Leone divided, church members are evangelizing in new ways to bring the country together. Read More

Bishop Bruce R. Ough (left) speaks during a May 22, 2018, oral hearing before the United Methodist Judicial Council, meeting in Evanston, Ill. At right is Bishop Scott Jones. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Question to court: Who can submit petitions?

In a two-hour session, streamed online, Judicial Council heard arguments about petitions related to the special General Conference in 2019. Read More

Photo of Kate Bowler, courtesy of katebowler.com.

Author chronicles faith journey after cancer diagnosis

When cancer “kicked down the walls” of her life, author Kate Bowler relied on her faith, but also saw it change. Her new book shares her story. Read More

Bishop John K. Yambasu (center) dedicates a United Methodist primary school in Sayllu, his home village, near Bo, Sierra Leone. The school, the first in this remote village, includes a water well for community use. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

First school opens in bishop’s home village

Sierra Leone Area Bishop John K. Yambasu celebrates new opportunities for the children in this remote community who once had to travel long distances for an education. Read More

Harriett Jane Olson, United Methodist Women chief executive officer, gives closing remarks at the United Methodist Women Assembly 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

United Methodist Women urged to boldly change world

More than 6,000 women gathered for three days of listening, learning and social action geared toward giving them the “power of bold.” Read More

The Rev. Cecelia Marpleh, district superintendent for the Liberia Conference, presents a motorbike to Pastor William Kulah for his travels to Gbanjuloma United Methodist Church each week. With the motorbike, it takes him five hours to get to his assigned church. Photo be E Julu Swen, UMNS.

Bicycles, motorbikes help spread gospel in Liberia

Local pastors continue to benefit from church’s Bikes and Bibles ministry as they travel long distances to lead worship, evangelize. Read More

Photo of Jared Black, courtesy of family. Black was a victim of a school shooting in Santa Fe, Texsa, in May, 2018.

Church helps while grieving mass shooting victim

Aldersgate United Methodist in Santa Fe, Texas, opens doors to agencies providing counseling and other support. Read More

The Rev Alicia Coltzer-Besser, superintendent of the Texas Conference's Southeast District, and her mother, Margaret Heck. Heck was substitute teaching at Santa Fe High School, near Galveston, Texas, when a mass shooting occurred there May 18. She was unharmed. Photo courtesy Texas Conference.

United Methodists, bishop respond to school shooting

United Methodists in the Santa Fe, Texas, area and Bishop Scott Jones have responded to a deadly school shooting. Read More

Bishop Kenneth H. Carter Jr. (middle) and Bishop Bruce R. Ough listen to Bishop Cynthia F. Harvey during a May 4 press conference after the Council of Bishops recommended the One Church Plan to help The United Methodist Church stay unified despite division over how to minister with LGBTQ persons. The council issued a May 18 press release clarifying its recommendation. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Bishops clarify statement on Way Forward recommendation

One Church Plan is headed for the special General Conference as legislation with ʽsupplementary materials’ provided on two other plans. Read More

Deaconess Evana Lewis (front) of the New York Conference joins other United Methodist Women in a rally for a fair living wage on the steps of the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus during the United Methodist Women Assembly 2018. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Women act on faith, ‘pass out grace’

United Methodist women from around the world kick off 2018 Assembly with day of work and advocacy. Read More

The Rev. Jose Nieves (standing, foreground) meets at Boggy Creek Elementary with families who were displaced from Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria and have relocated to Kissimmee, Fla. Photo by Linda Logston.

Florida United Methodists help Puerto Rican refugees

United Methodists in Kissimmee, Florida, have helped more than 600 Puerto Rican families who arrived in the Orlando area after hurricanes Irma and Maria. Read More

United Methodist bishops pose for a group photo in May 2017 on the steps of First United Methodist Church in Dallas. Photo by Maidstone Mulenga, Council of Bishops.

Church court asked to set scope of petitions

The United Methodist Church's top court, the Judicial Council, will hear arguments related to what legislation can be submitted to the special General Conference in 2019. Read More

A woman writes on a chalkboard during training provided for the wives of theology students at Kindu United Methodist University in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The seminary students are often accompanied by their spouses, and classes in literacy, cooking and sewing support the women in their future role as pastors’ wives. Photo by Judith Osongo Yanga, UMNS.

Training transforms lives in Congo

While their husbands study theology, women learn vocational skills that improve self-esteem and benefit families. Read More

Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton (center), who leads the New York Conference, speaks during a meeting of the Commission on General Conference in Des Moines, Iowa. Seated to the left and right are Duncan McMillan, the commission chair, and Moses Kumar, General Conference treasurer. Photo by Art McClanahan, Iowa Conference.

Paying for the special General Conference

The Commission on General Conference approved registration fees for visitors to GC2019. A big concern is helping delegates do their work. Read More

Courtesy photo the Rev. Chappell Temple.

Commentary: Open for (church) business

The Rev. Chappell Temple writes about closed meetings in The United Methodist Church and the need for transparency in conducting church business. Read More

Kuda Dozva (holding sign) talks about fundraising and pastoral care during training held in Harare, Zimbabwe, for church leaders from the South Congo Conference. Photo by Chenayi Kumuterera, UMNS.

African partnership spurs ideas, understanding

South Congo visitors to Zimbabwe discover “seeing is believing” as they witness classroom lessons put into practice. Read More

Screen shot from a livestream Q&A held by Bishop Scott Jones with members of the Texas Conference. From left, Leah Taylor, member of the Commission on a Way Forward, Bishop Scott Jones, and the Rev. Jessica LaGrone, also a commission member. Photo courtesy of the Texas Conference.

Bishops’ action leads to questions

Some bishops expect three plans will be submitted as legislation to the special General Conference. Other bishops emphasize only one plan has their recommendation. Read More

Bembeueza Solonge (center, holding baby) and her family make their home under a tree for lack of shelter after flooding in Kivu, Congo. Nine people have died and thousands of homes and buildings have been destroyed, including United Methodist schools and churches. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UMNS.

United Methodists among dead in Congo flooding

Five United Methodist schools, two local churches and pastoral homes also were destroyed by heavy rains and flooding in the Uvira District of Kivu. Read More

Dawn Wiggins Hare, top executive of the United Methodist General Commission on the Status and Role of Women speaks at a May 9 orientation for women delegates at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore.

Women grieve amendment failures, vow to work harder

United Methodists react to failure of two amendments aimed at equality for women. Read More

Louisiana Area Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey anoints the Rev. David Niu of the California-Nevada Conference during a reaffirmation of baptism service at Facing the Future 2018, an event for clergy in cross-racial/cross-cultural appointments hosted by the United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race in Newark, N.J. Photo by Joey Butler, UMNS.

Facing the Future 2018 envisions multicultural church

As the number of pastors serving congregations who don’t look like them grows, conference aims to equip both clergy and congregants to overcome cultural obstacles. Read More

The United Methodist Church of the Kasongo-Samba District is helping those displaced by insecurity in the Maniema province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. “The (recent) help we have brought does not mean that we have finished all the needs of those who have not yet returned home,” said East Congo Bishop Gabriel Yemba Unda. “We pray to the Lord that we find ways to assist them. They are all children of God.” Photo by Judith Osongo Yanga, UMNS.

United Methodists who fled insecurity in Congo return home

East Congo bishop urges assisting the displaced and welcoming the militia who are laying down arms in Maniema. Read More

United Methodist Bishop Tracy Smith Malone (left) offers Holy Communion to Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett during the closing worship service at the denomination's Council of Bishops meeting in Chicago. The bishops asked the Judicial Council to hold an oral hearing on their request for a declaratory decision of law about what legislation can come before the special session of General Conference. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Judicial Council to hold oral hearing on bishops’ request

The United Methodist Church’s top court has scheduled an oral hearing on a request about what legislation can come before the special General Conference. Read More

Health officials have declared a new Ebola outbreak in Bikoro in the northwest part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo courtesy of Google Maps.

First death reported in DRC Ebola outbreak

United Methodist leaders vow to raise awareness to help stop the spread of the deadly virus. Read More

The Rev. Gary Graves of the Kentucky Conference, and his wife Jennifer, are recognized following his election as the incoming Secretary of the General Conference  at the United Methodist 2016 General Conference in Portland, Ore.

Error forces revote on failed constitutional amendment

United Methodist conferences must revote on an amendment to the church’s constitution because the wrong version was sent to conference secretaries. Read More

Ruth Arichea, wife of retired bishop Daniel C. Arichea Jr., puts powder on a child during Ligo Land, a ministry for street children in Manila, Philippines. The Central United Methodist Church event was held in conjunction with the 16th National Association of Filipino-American United Methodists Convocation 2018, which was held at the church. Photo courtesy of Aquilino Javier.

Filipino-Americans return home for meeting, mission

Ministries with street children are among the highlights of the 16th National Association of Filipino-American United Methodists Convocation, held for the first time in the Philippines. Read More

The Rev. Jennifer Potter holds Abigail Bedu Addo during her baptism at Wesley's Chapel in London. The congregation, with roots in the 18th century, draws Methodists from around the world. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Wesley’s Chapel makes history relevant today

The Methodist congregation at Bermondsey offers practical assistance and the spirit of Jesus to a diverse community. Read More

The Rev. Neil Stubbens is ecumenical officer for the Methodist Church in Britain. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Methodist-Anglican connection remains strong

British Methodism’s close ties to Church of England prompt consideration of new covenant agreement. Read More

Photo of Kathy L. Gilbert by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Commentary: Addiction, Mother’s Day and God’s grace

Children are born, grow up and then have babies of their own — one grandmother reflects on blessings for Mother’s Day. Read More

The United Methodist Committee on Relief provided a $10,000 grant to help flood survivors in Kisanga wa Byonyi, Congo. The church used the money to hand out tents, cooking pots, salt, sugar, cooking oil, maize and buckets. Photo by the Rev. Betty Kazadi Musau, UMNS.

Church helps flooded village

Pastor and family shelter in church after flooding, United Methodists partner with government to provide relief. Read More

The Rev. Gaston Warner and Reegan Kaberia of the nonprofit ZOE, which works with orphans and other vulnerable children in Africa and India, lead a workshop at the Beyond These Walls mission conference at Chapelwood United Methodist Church in Houston. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS.

Making a statement about missions

Conference stresses empowerment, sustainability in United Methodist mission work. 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

The Tudikwashi Health Care Project, an organization directed by United Methodist missionary Betty Tchala, sunk six water boreholes with washing sinks and public toilets in the Mwaiseni Community in the Kitwe District of Zambia. Photo by John Chikuta, UMNS.

Water project empowers rural community in Zambia

United Methodist missionary leads effort to provide clean water and proper toilets in the Mwaiseni Community, home to more than 20,000 people. Read More

Attendees at the United Methodist Council of Bishops meeting in Chicago join in the

Bishops propose plan for Way Forward

Bishops are recommending a plan allowing more freedom around LGBTQ ordination and marriage, but submitting three plans to General Conference. Read More

Edward Lahai Massaquoi broadcasts on ELUM 98.7, The United Methodist Church's radio station in Monrovia, Liberia, in June 2017. File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Liberian radio station unifies, crosses religious divide

ELUM 98.7 shared valuable health information during the Ebola crisis. These days, it broadcasts hope and spirituality. Read More

Bishop Gaspar João Domingos speaks during the United Methodist Radio Network in Luanda, Angola, April 24-26, 2018. Twenty-four participants from Burundi, Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Kenya, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Angola, Zimbabwe and the Philippines attended the meeting. Photo by Taurai Emmanuel Maforo, UMNS.

United Methodist radio operators focus on ethics

Avoid conflicts and communicate the word of God was the message at fourth annual United Methodist Radio Network meeting in Angola. Read More

A building engineer (right) hands over the keys of Grace United Methodist Church to the Rev. Samuel Kailie, pastor in charge of the new church in Kailahun, Sierra Leone, during a dedication ceremony in April. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

Church brings grace to former Ebola epicenter

A growing United Methodist congregation in Sierra Leone that was worshipping in a makeshift structure has dedicated a new $90,000 church building. Read More

United Methodist missionaries Francine Mpanga Mufuk (left) and the Rev. Jean Claude Masuka Maleka lead a Bible study at Nazareth United Methodist Church in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. The married couple are both from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Missionaries help growth in west Africa

A married couple shows how United Methodists wed evangelism and development in missionary work. They rely on support from a diverse church. Read More

Wisconsin Area Bishop Hee-Soo Jung prays with others from United Methodist Communications and Discipleship Ministries during a 2017 visit to Ganghwa Island, the bishop’s hometown. North Korea is visible in the background. Photo by Jacob Lee, UMNS.

Christians find hope in Korean summit

As denominations, organizations and individuals, the world religious community looks at north-south talks with optimism and caution. Read More

Gracia Wakusomba, a pregnant mother of three, reads a text reminding her of an upcoming appointment at the United Methodist Health Center in Irambo, Democratic Republic of Congo. The hospital works in partnership with central conference communicators to relay the messages. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UMNS.

Messaging system connects United Methodists in Africa

Communicators use text alerts to share news of the church, as a tool for evangelism and to promote better health in the community. Read More

Bishop Bruce R. Ough gives his address April 29 at the spring 2018 meeting of the Council of Bishops in Chicago. Photo by Anne Marie Gerhardt, Northern Illinois Conference.

Bishops begin high-stakes deliberations

Council of Bishops president said the church is watching as bishops finalize recommendations aimed at fending off church splits over homosexuality. Read More

East Congo Bishop Gabriel Yemba Unda, left, poses with Prosper Tunda, chief of the village of Tunda, after his election as governor of the Maniema province in the Democratic Republic of Congo on March 28. The election was overturned by the country’s top court in April. Photo by Chadrack Londe Tambwe, UMNS.

United Methodist’s election as governor overturned

Congo’s top court rules it’s unlawful for a traditional chief to be governor. Read More

Norman Mark (left) and the Rev. Fred Shaw, director of the Native American Course of Study, talk about why it is important for Native pastors to blend traditional language and culture in ministry. Photo by Ginny Underwood, UMNS.

Native American Course of Study empowers pastors

Program connects theology course work and Native traditions, helping graduates grow Native congregations. Read More

Mexican American students participate in the first-ever United Methodist Mexican American Civil Rights Tour in March, 2018. Video image  by Francisco Litardo, for United Methodist Communications.

Mexican-American Teens Take Civil Rights Tour

Visiting sites where social justice protests happened and hearing the stories of Chicano activists give teens a living history lesson. View

Viviane Daho broadcasts from The United Methodist Church's Voice of Hope radio station in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Church’s voice of hope endures amid violence

The United Methodist radio station in Côte d’Ivoire has braved gun battles to share the gospel. Others want to emulate its passion for evangelism. Read More

Bermondsey Central Hall Methodist Church serves a diverse congregation of about 250 and houses the South London Mission, which has been supporting the community since 1889. The modern London Shard skyscraper rises behind the church. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

A century-plus commitment to South London

The Methodist congregation at Bermondsey offers practical assistance and the spirit of Jesus to a diverse community. Read More

Rachel Lampard leads the Joint Public Issues Team, a London-based ecumenical group that promotes equality and justice. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Methodists and social justice

Controversial new system for public assistance has major impact on Methodist-run South London Mission and its clients. Read More

Two children shake hands as part of the Uniting Conference of The United Methodist Church in 1968. Photo courtesy of Archives and History; Africa University’s 2017 commencement. Photo courtesy of Africa University; Ciony Ayo-Eduarte (center) leads survivors of Typhoon Haiyan to an UMCOR food distribution in Tacloban, Philippines. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Timeline of The United Methodist Church

Highlights of notable events and actions of the church from 1968 to 2018. Read More