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Youth of Centenary United Methodist Church in Los Angeles serve a meal during their annual

Easy ways to share gratitude this Thanksgiving

Find creative ideas to make this season of thanks more about giving than receiving. Read More

United Methodists held lanterns during a climate vigil held following a day's sessions of the 2016 General Conference. Photo by Paul Jeffrey, United Methodist Communications.

Ways we can combat climate change

We can help reduce the adverse effects of our changing global climate by lowering our energy usage and raising our voices. Read More

Finding meaning and purpose is key to those living with dementia. Photo by Libby Weatherly Photography, courtesy Daphne Johnston.

Ministry offers meaning and purpose to those with dementia

“We are all in it together.” United Methodist program creates community and gives hope to those living with memory loss and their caregivers. Read More

Hulapalooza is part of the church’s Abundant Health Fair in Atlanta on Sept. 15. The event will offer HIV screenings, healthy cooking, and fitness fun too. Artwork courtesy of Global Ministries.

Day of Health and Hula Hoops

Hulapalooza is part of the church’s Abundant Health Fair in Atlanta on Sept. 15. The event will offer HIV screenings, healthy cooking, and fitness fun too. Read More

Providing and protecting water is Lorrie King's job and her passion. Photo courtesy Lorrie King.

Get Your Spirit in Shape: God’s Precious Gift of Water

A global heath leader at the United Methodist Committee on Relief, talks about global water issues, and things we can do to make a difference. Listen

Two former enemies embrace in Vasconcellos’ sculpture Reconciliation. Photo by Martinvl, courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Living as a person of peace in a broken world

Conflicts reported in the news and felt in daily life are disruptive. A United Methodist expert has tips for finding and sharing peace. Read More

The choirs of Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church in Minneapolis sing during a Sunday service. Photo courtesy of Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church.

Choir members enjoy health, spiritual benefits

Singing in church creates better worship, a greater sense of community, and improves health, say United Methodist music ministers. Read More

A family in Bom Jesus, Angola, receives a new bed net, one of more than four million nets distributed by The United Methodist Church through the Imagine No Malaria initiative. Photograph by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

Five ways The United Methodist Church has impacted malaria

April 25 is the international observance of World Malaria Day. Read how The United Methodist Church has helped to reduce malaria deaths in Africa. Read More

Churches Connect in Nicaraguan Medical Mission

A United Methodist partnership builds relationships and infrastructure for better health in Nicaragua. View

Once a shopper at the Community Development For All People fresh market, Clara Bradley now volunteers 15 hours a week to help others live more healthily. Photo courtesy of Greg Henneman.

Churches can reclaim role of promoting good health

Congregations around the world are creating new ways to focus on 'Abundant Health.' Read More

This child, mother and grandmother are served by the Comprehensive Rural Health Project in Jamkhed, Maharashtra, India. Photo by Kathy Griffith, General Board of Global Ministries.

‘Our promise to children’ driving Abundant Health focus

Global Ministries and local churches are teaming up to reach one million children with 'Abundant Health.' Read More

Physical and spiritual health are both important in the life of a person of faith. Photo illustration by Ronny Perry, United Methodist Communications.

Getting in shape: Wesley’s health tips apply today… mostly

In modern times, we have gear to help us stay in shape. Methodism's founder John Wesley had his own unique options at his home. Read More

United Methodist Ambassadors of Cheer were offering hot cocoa and gloves to strangers at Penn Station in Baltimore, hoping to warm their stomachs and their hearts. The hot cocoa is part of a nine-city campaign by Rethink Church to welcome and invite people to church. Photo courtesy of the Baltimore-Washington Conference.

Hot cocoa and a warm welcome

United Methodist Ambassadors of Cheer were offering hot cocoa to strangers at Penn Station in Baltimore, hoping to warm their stomachs and their hearts. Read More

Street teams, toting state-of-the-art hot cocoa jetpack dispensers, will extend a warm invitation to

United Methodist Church offers the gift of hospitality with a warm welcome

The United Methodist Church is taking to the streets of nine major U.S. cities this Christmas with a warm invitation and a hot cup of cocoa. Read More

Two former enemies embrace in Vasconcellos’ sculpture Reconciliation. Photo by Martinvl, courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Finding healing and peace in a polarized political climate

United Methodists may feel divided on issues inside and outside the church. An expert in conflict transformation offers tips to help us reconnect. Read More

One in three women experience domestic violence. The United Methodist Church is raising awareness. Photo illustration by Ronny Perry, United Methodist Communications.

Domestic violence: We want our churches to be talking about it

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Learn more about how people of faith can understand the problem and interrupt the violence. Read More

Children's Sabbath includes times of celebrating children and reaching out to meet their needs. File photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Why United Methodists observe Children’s Sabbath

Churches mark the Children's Sabbath as a time to renew our commitment to care, protect, and advocate for all children. Read More

PET recipient Oke Seun meets PET Mobility founders Mel West and Larry Hills. Photo courtesy of PET Mobility Missouri-Columbia.

Wheelchairs That Work Anywhere

United Methodists invented a PET project to help those unable to walk find freedom and jobs. “It’s what Christ would do if he were here.” View

Imagine No Malaria nearing campaign goal

The program that empowers the people of Africa to improve health infrastructure and achieve a sustainable victory over malaria is 92% towards its fundraising goal. Read More

Maps courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, labeling of United Methodist hospitals and clinic by United Methodist Committee on Relief.

The Church Responds to Ebola

United Methodists continue to combat the deadly outbreak across West Africa. Find latest updates and ways you can help. More

Jeremy Rosado sings Able during a celebration of The United Methodist Church's Imagine No Malaria campaign May 18 at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Imagine No Malaria celebration rocks the house

Noting how a mosquito bite led to a global health movement, Bishop Thomas Bickerton introduces new initiative. Read More

Jeremy Rosado records tracks for a new song dedicated to United Methodists and the fight against malaria. Video image courtesy of United Methodist Communications.

Song celebrates United Methodists, malaria fight

Go in the studio to preview a new anthem created to affirm and inspire the work of church members and remind us “God is able.” View

Children at Sandpoint United Methodist Church in Sandpoint, Idaho raised enough money to purchase an Ark from Heifer International as a mission outreach project. Photo courtesey of the Pacific Northwest Conference.

Sandpoint United Methodist kids buy an ark

Children from this Idaho church raised $5000 to purchase an Ark from Heifer International as a mission outreach project. Read More

Brightly painted wooden mosquitoes helped publicize the Alaskan churches' 2016 Imagine No Malaria Lenten fundraising campaign. Photo courtesy of the Alaska United Methodist Conference.

Alaskan churches take up malaria challenge at Lent

Brightly-painted wooden mosquitoes helped publicize the Alaskan churches' Imagine No Malaria Lenten fundraising campaign. Read More

Mosquito nets are one way Imagine No Malaria is combating the diseases. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

Defeating evil by doing good: United Methodists offer hope

News about terrorism may confound and scare us, but be assured there is also news of people of faith bringing harmony to the world. Read More

Photo illustration portrays Arnola Verna Triplett, mother of Bishop James Swanson. She was killed when he was 18.  Illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications. Photos courtesy of Bishop James E. Swanson.

The day I lost Momma: How domestic violence changed a life

During Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Bishop James Swanson shares his personal story to help others. Read More

Seniors work out at Ankeny United Methodist Church in Ankeny, Iowa. The church has multipurpose rooms that hold both

Can church friends be a diet secret?

Keeping up a fitness routine can be rough, but some United Methodist churches offer ways to stay strong. Read More

Vaccine a milestone in fight against malaria

New vaccine for young children hailed as “an important step in the elimination of malaria-related illness and death across the world,” says Bishop Tom Bickerton. Read More

The Rev. Randy Shrauner poses beside his motorcycle. He will join friend the Rev. Dennis Miiler on a motorcycle trip to the Arctic Ocean to raise money for Imagine No Malaria. Photo by Dennis Miller, courtesy of Imagine No Malaria.

Arctic motorcycle ride benefits Imagine No Malaria

This August, two motorcycling circuit riders are headed across North America’s international border toward the Arctic Ocean to raise money for malaria charity and you can ‘follow along.’ Read More

The Wilhide family enjoyed a photo shoot at Myrtle Beach (S.C.) compliments of Jason’s House sponsor, Silver Charm Photography. Photo courtesy of Michele Smith, Silver Charm Photography.

Kids take vacation from cancer thanks to church

Jason's House gives families burdened with cancer Read More

Maeghan Orton (left) learns about how medical records are kept at the United Methodist Church's Mercy Hospital in Bo Sierra Leone, from Taiwo Sesay, who oversees the hospital's maternity unit. Orton is from Medic Mobile, a technology partner of United Methodist Communications. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Mobile technology monitors health in the DRC

In parts of Africa, the nearest clinic might be a day away and the doctor may be out. A new project will improve healthcare through better communication. Read More

Photo courtesy of the West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church

West Ohio meets Imagine No Malaria goal

“We are no strangers here in West Ohio to miraculous, mission-focused giving.” At Global Praise and Worship Service, conference reaches target of $3.5 million. Read More

Sunday School children helped raised funds, and awareness, at a North Ferrisburgh church. Photo courtesy of The Vermont Eagle online.

Kids help raise funds for ‘skeeter nets’

Children at a Vermont church raised $531 by encouraging church members to pitch their change into coffee cans – with a little help from a large mosquito. Read More

Dr. Alexis Ngoy Kasole Maloba (left), United Methodist Church health coordinator in Democratic Republic of Congo, and Dr. Philippe Okonda Akasa, health coordinator for East Congo, examine data on malaria at Alliance for Malaria Prevention Conference in Geneva. Photo by Gary Henderson, United Methodist Communications.

Imagine No Malaria proves it is about more than a mosquito

In addition to life-saving bed nets, funds raised provide upgrades for hospitals like electricity, medicines for sick people and communication technologies that aid in prevention. Read More

Bishop Thomas Bickerton speaks at the U.S. Capitol as Imagine No Malaria, an initiative of the people of The United Methodist Church, presents $9.6 million to the Global Fund to prevent malaria deaths. Photo by Jay Mallin, UMNS

Imagining no malaria: Partners needed to see success

Leaders from The United Methodist Church talk about progress to defeat the disease, and why they pair with the Global Fund. Read More

Imagine No Malaria encourages churches to #BringChange to celebrate World Malaria Day

Across the nation, United Methodists are gearing up to #BringChange to celebrate World Malaria Day on April 25 by hosting various events, such as pancake breakfasts, lemonade stands, 5K walks and fashion shows to raise funds and awareness for Imagine No Malaria. Read More

Sharon and Lynn Fogleman are family physicians serving with The Mission Society in South Sudan. Photo courtesy the Holston Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Husband-and-wife doctor team fights malaria

Physicians in South Sudan lead community-awareness trainings in Africa and speak at U.S. churches to have “more of a lasting impact” as medical professionals. Read More

The Rev. Alindo Romão shows mosquito larvaes to women in this 2014 photo. File photo, Imagine No Malaria

Dollars in the plate save lives in Africa

Here is how your gifts to The United Methodist Church's Imagine No Malaria campaign make it to the people who need it. Read More

Dr. Gary Fish (right) and assistant Carrie Tarter see a young patient in Highland Park United Methodist Church’s eye clinic in Petit-Goâve, Haiti. One of the clinic’s buildings was destroyed by the earthquake that rocked Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010, and the church built back, dedicating the new structure on Jan. 12, 2014. File photo courtesy of Highland Park United Methodist Church

Volunteers still answering the call in Haiti

Highland Park United Methodist, which lost a volunteer in the 2010 earthquake, is among those returning to serve. Read More

Katie Howard, right, holds Lois two days before she became seriously ill with malaria. Photo by Crystal Caviness, United Methodist Communications.

Face to face with malaria

For Crystal Caviness, a meeting with a two-year-old cast deadly disease in a new light. ‘In a moment, life got real, because malaria became real.’ Read More

UMC #GivingTuesday shows strength of denomination

United Methodists gave generously on Dec. 2, 2014, donating more than $2.5 million in support of mission and ministries around the world. Read More

A health care worker wearing rubber gloves and other protective gear prepares to administer fluids to an Ebola patient.  Screen save, United Methodist Communications

Church agency uses animation to battle Ebola

United Methodist Communications has collaborated with an award-winning animator to produce a video to inform on Ebola prevention. Read More

An historic text message regarding the Ebola outbreak is sent via mobile technology from Bishop John G. Innis to 20 United Methodist district superintendents in Liberia. Transmitting the message from the offices at United Methodist Communications, Nashville, Tenn., are (from left) Jill Costello, project manager, and the Rev. Neelley Hicks, director, ICT4D Church Initiatives. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

Life-saving Ebola messages in 160 characters or less

Words of hope and vital information going out to United Methodist pastors in Sierra Leone and Liberia to pass along in midst of most horrific Ebola outbreak in history. Read More

Gil Hanke meets with Joulie who had just been fit with new hearing aids from Hear the World Foundation. Photo courtesy United Methodist Men.

Hope of Hearing team assists children in Haiti

In October, a six-member mission team tested 351 children and fit 97 with hearing aids. ‘Each day was a special blessing.’ Read More

Imagine No Malaria Update Planned for November 4

November 3, 2014

The Imagine No Malaria initiative is set to provide an update to the Council of Bishops on November 4 about its $75 million campaign to aid in elimination of malaria deaths. Read More

People in head-to-toe protective gear taking away dead bodies have become common in West Africa.

Why care about Ebola? Hint: Not because you will catch it

A United Methodist epidemiologist says the deadly Ebola outbreak will have devastating consequences even after the outbreak is medically controlled. Read More

Beatrice Gbanga, a United Methodist health worker and missionary in Sierra Leone, gave a briefing on the Ebola crisis Monday to clergy and laity at the North Texas Conference headquarters in Plano, Texas. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS

Ebola epidemic witness offers insight in Texas

Dallas-area United Methodists hear from medical missionary from Sierra Leone. Read More

The Rev. Jennifer Long poses with her 9-year-old son, Jacob. Both battled malaria together in 2005 when Jennifer was pregnant.

'Pregnant with malaria': Mother experiences need for Imagine No Malaria

Jennifer Long couldn't quit thinking about the thousands of mothers whose babies were dying of malaria Read More

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Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country Read More

Digba Massaquoi waits with her 5-year-old son, Lahai, who is ill, at the health clinic in Benduma, outside Bo, Sierra Leone. Beside her on the bench are insecticide-treated mosquito nets provided by the United Methodist Church's Imagine No Malaria initiative as part of an integrated health campaign during Sierra Leone's national Maternal and Child Health Week. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Fighting malaria means fighting Ebola

Support for Imagine No Malaria has strengthened hospitals and health systems, helping them respond during Ebola crisis. Read More

Mbalu Fonnie, head nurse in the hemorrhagic fever ward, and nurse Veronica Karoma describe efforts to contain the Ebola virus as she stands outside the gates to the isolation ward at the government hospital in Kenema, Sierra Leone.

Nurses, doctors save lives but lose their own

A few on the frontlines of Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone already have made the ultimate sacrifice while helping others. Read More

The Iowa Annual Conference celebrates surpassing the $2 million mark in its Imagine No Malaria campaign. Photo by Arthur McClanahan, Iowa Conference.

United Methodists celebrate Imagine No Malaria milestones

Exceeding ambitious fundraising goals became a recurring theme at regional gatherings this summer. Read More

Fanta Josiah sits in front of the insecticide-treated mosquito net she received from the United Methodist Church's Imagine No Malaria campaign in 2010 at her home in Bumpe, near Bo, Sierra Leone. The insecticide in nearing the end of its useful life and several villages in the Bo district will receive new nets from the campaign in the first planned redistribution to replace the nets given in 2010. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Strong support drives Alabama-West Florida toward Imagine No Malaria goal

The annual conference celebrates a record offering and approaches 60 percent of its $1 million goal. Read More

Ernest Jusu, a nurse working with The United Methodist Church's Imagine No Malaria campaign, helps hang a new, insecticide-treated mosquito net at the home of Peter Braima in Manjama, near Bo, Sierra Leone. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Northern Illinois nears $1 million malaria goal

Just one year after setting a high fundraising goal for Imagine No Malaria, churches in Northern Illinois have almost reached it. Read More

Children walk past the Malaria Control Unit in Sierra Leone. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Partners strive to help Bo become malaria-free

The United Methodist Church works in Bo, Sierra Leone with other anti-malaria groups to rid area of disease. Read More

A nurse volunteer takes blood  pressures during a WelcomeTable event organized by Givens LifeMinistries at Mills River near Asheville, N.C. Photo courtesy Shelia Mlz.

Faith community nurses help heal body, mind and soul

Faith community nurses offer educational principles as well as spiritual care and nurturing. Read More

Community health workers undergo training in Bo. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Volunteers arm communities against malaria

On June 5, 1,720 volunteers will swarm the neighborhoods of Bo, Sierra Leone, to distribute vouchers for insecticide-treated bed nets. Read More

Children pray in Sierra Leone prior to net distribution. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Work to eradicate malaria deaths starts with God

For a Sierra Leone congregation, it is first the worship, then the work as they gear up to help distribute more than 350,000 insecticide-treated nets. Read More

Sallaymatu Massaquoi cools her child on an examining table while he is treated for malaria in the Children’s Ward of Bo Government Hospital in Sierra Leone. When Ibrahim Massaquoi was admitted he had a very high fever and he was suffering from acute malaria. The family’s bed net from the distribution in 2010 had worn out. The United Methodist Church through its Imagine No Malaria program is partnering with the Sierra Leone government in June 2014 to distribute 390,000 nets in the Bo District as well as other aid.  Photo by Phileaus Jusu, UMNS.

Campaign aims to save children like Ibrahim

Most fatalities from malaria occur in children under 5. The United Methodist Church and Sierra Leone government are working to save lives. Read More

Germany UMC donates $185,000 to Imagine No Malaria

The United Methodist Church in Germany presented Bishop Thomas Bickerton with a check for $185,000 to go to Imagine No Malaria. Read More

Matilda Ndanema displays the insecticide-treated mosquito net she received from the United Methodist Church's Imagine No Malaria campaign at her home in Bumpe, Sierra Leone. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

People in pews and big donors net millions to fight malaria

“I’ve never seen people have so much fun raising money and saving lives!” United Methodists' giving speeds campaign toward $75 million goal. Read More

Sophia Agtarap, a candidate for deacon in the United Methodist Church, walks on the pathways of Radnor Lake in Nashville, Tenn. A UMCom photo illustration by Ronny Perry.

Ten ways to improve your mental health

Did you know exercise helps improve brain function? Or that laughter can decrease pain? Read ways to foster good mental health. Read More

A children's choir welcomes visitors to Fulawahun village near Bo, Sierra Leone. Several villages in the Bo district will receive new, insecticide-treated mosquito nets from the United Methodist Church's Imagine No Malaria campaign in the first planned redistribution to replace nets given in 2010. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Thanks to you, we can Imagine No Malaria

United Methodists and communities in Africa say View

Imagine No Malaria to Distribute Nets in Sierra Leone

Imagine No Malaria will distribute 400,000 bed nets in the Bo District of Sierra Leone on June 5, 2014. Read More

Sia Nyama Koroma, the first lady of Sierra Leone, welcomes the Rev. Gary Henderson to her office in Freetown to discuss the United Methodist Church's Imagine No Malaria campaign. Henderson heads the denomination's Global Health Initiative. Several villages in the Bo district will receive new, insecticide-treated mosquito nets from the United Methodist Church's Imagine No Malaria campaign in the first planned redistribution to replace nets given in 2010. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Villagers testify to Imagine No Malaria’s impact on lives

“We have not had one case of malaria in my family since we started using nets.” Gary Henderson says elder's words in Sierra Leone reminded him of testimonies in church. Read More

United Methodist Bishop Warner Brown (left) and the Rev. Adilson de Almeida (right) help unpack an insecticide-treated mosquito net at the home of Antonica José (second from right) in Bom Jesus, Angola. The family received the net as part of the United Methodist Church's Imagine No Malaria campaign. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Working to end the sting of malaria in Africa

“Rethink” what you know about malaria. Find out what the church is doing to raise awareness and how your dollars have saved lives. Read More

Georgina Maria Domingos cares for her daughter Maria Costa at their home in the Cacilhas village near Huambo, Angola. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist News Service.

Beating malaria, one household at a time

Imagine No Malaria and UMCOR have distributed 1.2 million nets and trained 11,600 people to “reach and teach neighbors” about fatal but preventable disease. Read More

#CoverTheNet on World Malaria Day

On April 25, United Methodists are encouraged to tweet, post and update their Facebook profiles with messages that raise awareness about deadly disease. Read More

“Cover the ‘Net” on World Malaria Day

World Malaria Day is April 25. Show your support for Imagine No Malaria and #CovertheNet across social media networks to raise awareness. Read More

Children in the Montgomery-Prattville District held an impromptu lemonade stand, advertised by their mothers on Instagram, to raise money for Imagine No Malaria. Photo courtesy Alabama-West Florida Conference.

Small disciples raise money for Imagine No Malaria

Children in the Alabama-West Florida Conference held an impromptu lemonade stand and raised $61. Learn ways your church can support INM. Read More

Jomacio Cassava plays with the package for a long lasting insecticide-treated mosquito net provided by the MENTOR Initiative at his home in the Cacilhas village near Huambo, Angola.

$1.1 million donation toward war on malaria

Barbara Ferguson’s gift to Imagine No Malaria — the largest ever given from an individual donor — will help save lives. Read More

Photo by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications

Faith and Mental Health

Personal stories, useful links and printable materials to help raise awareness and provide support for those dealing with mental health issues. Read More

An educator from the Alliance Biblique de Côte d'Ivoire conducts a public health lesson on AIDS in the sanctuary at Jerusalem Parish United Methodist Church in Yamoussoukro, Côte d'Ivoire in November 2008. File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

The untold story of African AIDS relief

Zimbabwean United Methodists lead way in caring for HIV/AIDS patients and talking about what has been taboo to discuss. Read More

New grant helps battle diseases of poverty

The United Methodist Church's efforts to battle malaria and HIV in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will get a boost, thanks to a $1.3 million grant from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Read More

Churches crucial to turn tide of HIV, AIDS

Role of faith groups emphasized as 19th International AIDS Conference evaluates progress, and unfinished business, in mission. Read More