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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

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 death camp survivor Jadwiga Bogucka-Regulska holds a photo of herself from 1944. She was 89 when she posed for this photo in 2015 for a Reuters feature on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi camp. She joined the Methodist Church just after World War II.

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

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

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

Methodism in Central America: Challenges, Faith and Hope

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

The Rev. Susanne Nießner-Brose (right) listens while a 27-year-old Sudanese woman who asked that she be called Fatima relates her story of fleeing Sudan to seek religious freedom in Europe. She  is taking asylum at the United Methodist Church of the Redeemer in Bremen, Germany, where Nießner-Brose is pastor. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Bremen church embraces refugees, migrants

A United Methodist church in Bremen, Germany, that welcomed refugees and migrants has found blessing and new life through the work. Read More

Photo of Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño courtesy of the Council of Bishops.

Commentary: Migration — a personal reflection

In advance of Global Migration Sunday Dec. 3, Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño of the California-Nevada Conference shares her experiences with migrants. Read More

Bishop Subodh C. Mondal of the Methodist Church in India shares his faith journey during a presentation at The Upper Room in Nashville, Tenn. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Building bridges with Methodist Church in India

The Upper Room and the Wisconsin Conference host Indian bishops at Academy for Spiritual Formation. Read More

Children sing during a celebration marking the gift of solar power, funded by the United Methodist Church in Norway, to the Bishop Judith Craig Children Village in Liberia.

Norway Church lights Liberia children’s village

Bishop Judith Craig Children’s Village, a church-supported home for orphans, now has $35,000 worth of solar-powered electricity. Read More

Baltimore-Washington Area Bishop LaTrelle Easterling, at left, prays with Zimbabwe Area Bishop Eben K. Nhiwatiwa during worship at the Council of Bishops meeting.  African bishops, including Nhiwatiwa, have issued a pastoral letter. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS.

African bishops: Support Way Forward work

The bishops shared their faith that God can make it possible for the church to stay together despite deep divisions over homosexuality. Read More

Mark R. Mitchell, lay leader of Flores United Methodist Church and the Las Misiones District of the Rio Texas Conference, has organized local professionals to offer free help to families affected by the Nov. 5, 2017, massacre at nearby First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas. Photo courtesy Mark R. Mitchell.

A United Methodist balm for Sutherland Springs

Churches reach out in various ways to Texas Baptist church after mass shooting. Read More

The United Methodist Church, supported by the Fund for Mission in Europe, organizes several camps each summer in which children can play, do handicrafts, laugh, sing and listen to stories. Photo by the Rev. Bence Vigh.

Crossing borders without leaving a country

United Methodist mission fund aids European ministries, including a Roma church in Hungary. Read More

Volunteer Hannah Guzinski helps serve a meal to immigrant children in an educational enrichment program at the United Methodist Peace Church in Hamburg, Germany. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Refugees find community with United Methodists

Churches in Germany are providing sanctuary, classes and programs — outreach benefiting the churches, not just refugees and migrants. Read More

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

Bishop: Puerto Rico rises with church’s help

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

Bishop Samuel J. Quire Jr., raises his hands during regular devotion at the United Methodist Church in Liberia’s central office on Oct. 27. The bishop is calling on all Liberians to shun violence as they prepare for a run-off presidential election.

Liberians asked to pray for peaceful election

Bishop Samuel J. Quire Jr., urges voter participation and a commitment to nonviolence in country with history of civil war. Read More

Pastors become chaplains after church massacre

United Methodist clergy offer counsel and organize special services after 26 are killed at small-town Texas Baptist church. Read More

Instagram art for the Nov. 6-17 Bonn climate summit, also known as COP 23, courtesy of COP23 Fiji.

Call for ‘bold action’ at Bonn climate summit

As delegation arrives at U.N. conference, four United Methodist leaders ask nations to strengthen their commitments on climate goals. Read More

Bishop Bruce R. Ough likened bishops to explorers of old as they seek a way forward for the denomination to stay together despite deep divisions around homosexuality. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS.

Bishops called to navigate ‘off the map’

Bishop Ough, Council of Bishops president, spoke as his colleagues were about to begin discussing a report by the Commission on a Way Forward. Read More

A staff member of the New Sight Eye Center in Liberia checks vitals on one of the senior citizens who benefited from free clinical health services provided by The United Methodist Church’s Aging Ministry. The clinic was part of the activities for Senior Citizens Sunday sponsored by the Liberia Conference, and benefitted hundreds of seniors. Photo by Julu Swen, UMNS.

Liberian seniors get medical help and honor

The Liberia Conference observes Senior Citizen Sunday every October. This year, they provided a free health clinic for hundreds. Read More

Young people in the QuadW Missional Internship program, such as these in Kansas City, Kansas, live and work together in low-income areas, building in time for prayer and Bible study. The United Methodist-affiliated program is set to expand, thanks to a $2.6 million foundation grant. Photo courtesy QuadW Missional Internship.

Big grant for missional internships

Foundation provides $2.6 million to expand `transforming’ United Methodist program for young people. Read More

Students from United Methodist University in Sierra Leone pose together after a lecture in theology. There are 13 students pursuing theology degrees and 18 certificate students in chaplaincy at the new School of Theology. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

United Methodist University in Sierra Leone opens

School of Theology students, faculty have high praise for the new institution, but there are some logistical challenges as classes begin. Read More

The Rev. Matt Hall conducts a renewal of wedding vows service for Nick and Stephanie Houle atop Sugar Run Mountain, just off the Appalachian Trail near Pearisburg, Va. Hall serves as a United Methodist chaplain appointed to the trail community. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Appalachian Trail chaplain nears end of ‘2,200 miles of ministry’

From Maine to Georgia, the Rev. Matt Hall shares faith, offers encouragement, provides hospitality — even wedding vows — to fellow hikers. Read More

Lisa Mentges (center) works with a United Methodist volunteer team in October 2013 to repair her home in Long Beach, N.Y. after it was flooded by Hurricane Sandy. The volunteers are from the California-Pacific Conference. United Methodists have continued to help with recovery in the five years following the storm. File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

5 years later, Sandy cleanup continues

Churches in areas hard-hit by Superstorm Sandy celebrate what’s done — but see much still to do. Read More

The Rev. Jackson Henry, member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, joined several hundred others in Murfreesboro, Tenn., to protest a white-supremacist rally that was planned but later canceled Oct. 28. Photo by Kathy L. Gilbert, UMNS.

Praying, singing as white supremacists rally

As the same hate groups that descended on Charlottesville, Virginia, came to Tennessee, United Methodists bore witness to a different message. Read More

Members of the 2016-2020 Judicial Council. (From left) Front row: Deanell Reece Tacha, N. Oswald Tweh Sr., the Rev. Luan-Vu Tran. Back row: Lydia Romão Gulele, Ruben T. Reyes, the Rev.Øyvind Helliesen, the Rev. Dennis Blackwell, and the Rev. J. Kabamba Kiboko. (Not pictured, Beth Capen)  Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

Court maintains stand on ministerial candidates

United Methodist Judicial Council issues decisions from October 2017 session. Read More

The Rev. Blake Busick and his wife, Peggy, returned to their Santa Rosa home after it was destroyed by the California wildfires that started on Oct. 9. Left image shows the Busicks' home before it was ravaged by fire. Photos by Sue Larson, courtesy of the Rev. Blake Busick.

Santa Rosa residents return to ashes

More than 20 families in one United Methodist congregation have lost their homes to the wildfires that roared through California. Read More

More than 60 people from nearly a dozen African countries gathered for a meeting at the Maison de l’Espérance, the United Methodist owned-hotel in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The goal was to create mutual support for shared goals and work of the associations to expand access to quality Methodist education throughout the continent of Africa. Photo courtesy of the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry.

United Methodist education leaders in Africa meet in Côte d’Ivoire

Leaders from United Methodist educational institutions take action to ensure consistency, quality in higher and theological education. Read More

The Commission on a Way Forward met in Berlin on Sept. 18-20. Photo by Maidstone Mulenga, Council of Bishops.

Up to bishops to shape Way Forward ideas

In a conference call, Bishop Ken Carter stressed that the Commission on a Way Forward serves the bishops, as it seeks to find a way through the denomination’s impasse. Read More

Gontorwon Neahn is one of the contractors tending the Gbarnga Mission Station swamp rice field in Liberia. The harvest from the mission station will supply most of the farmers with seed rice in the Gbarnga area. Photo by Julu Swen, UMNS.

Liberian Mission Station growing rice to fight food insecurity

Food ministry heeds Bishop Samuel Quire’s call for the church to go 'back to the soil.' Read More

The Rev. Caesar Rentie, who once played offensive tackle for the Chicago Bears, now serves as vice president for pastoral services at Methodist Health System in Dallas. He’s also an associate pastor at First United Methodist Church in Mansfield, Texas.  Photo by Carter Rose, for First Mansfield United Methodist.

United Methodist chaplain played in NFL

After football, the Rev. Caesar Rentie found a vocation in pastoral care, and now is top chaplain at Dallas’ Methodist Medical Center. Read More

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

6 ways the Reformation affects our world

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

A newly planted mangrove sapling stands tall during the opening devotion of a tree-planting ceremony along the shore of Minanga River in the Philippines. Members of Greenhills United Methodist Church and Central United Methodist Church helped plant 320 mangrove trees to counteract climate change. Photo courtesy of Jastine G. Narvaez.

Filipinos plant 3,044 trees to aid Mother Earth

"The global warming-climate change phenomenon has worsened." — Bishop Rodolfo A. Juan. Read More

Baseball great Jackie Robinson swings a bat in his Dodgers uniform, dated 1954. This is a photo taken by staff photographer Bob Sandberg of LOOK Magazine, and is part of the LOOK Magazine Photograph Collection at the Library of Congress. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Commentary: Shaped by Methodism, Jackie Robinson continues to inspire

On the 45th anniversary of the baseball and civil rights legend’s death, author reflects on how biography project affected his own faith. Read More

Students in the Perkins School of Theology Th.M. program in Spanish led worship in Perkins Chapel on Oct. 12. Perkins, part of Dallas’ Southern Methodist University, is the first United Methodist seminary to offer an advanced theology degree in Spanish. Photo by Connie Nelson.

Going deeper with theology, and in Spanish

Perkins’ Spanish language Th.M. degree program is a first for a United Methodist Seminary. Read More

Sponsored by the Norwegian Partnership in Development, a development program cooperation among United Methodist churches in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Zimbabwe, a weeklong training in Freetown aimed to create an awareness of Christian leadership skills, having value for others, ethics, running a corruption-free institution and more. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

African schools look to value-based training

A training at the United Methodist University in Freetown, Sierra Leone, focuses on an awareness of Christian leadership skills. Read More

Ohio pastor charged with disobedience

The Rev. David Meredith is openly gay and married. This step could lead to a church trial, but that is not a foregone conclusion. Read More

John K. Yambasu speaks at the Africa College of Bishops retreat in Mutare, Zimbabwe, which was marked by in-depth conversations among serving and retired bishops. Photo by Eveline Chikwanah, UMNS.

African bishops recommend 7 central conferences

Africa’s bishops also discussed how to maintain church unity amid divisions around how the church should minister with LGBTQ individuals. Read More

Debra Kelley walks out of her house preparing to go to work. She says having a key to her own front door is a precious gift. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Church partners with ex-offenders

Tennessee Take One program matches faith-based groups with returning citizens. Read More

Damage from Hurricane Irma is visible in this neighborhood in Goodland, Fla. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

UMCOR grants to boost hurricane relief efforts

United Methodist Board of Global Ministries approves $7 million for 2017 hurricanes and other U.S. disasters. Read More

At a speaker’s request, members of the Wesleyan Covenant Association raised hands in prayer during the group’s Oct. 14 gathering at The Woodlands United Methodist Church, near Houston. Photo by Shannon Martin.

Evangelical group in ‘place of waiting’

Latest gathering of Wesleyan Covenant Association features lots of preaching, little strategizing. Read More

In a video image, Simon Christodoulou (left), an Australian, and Jun Abella (right), a Filipino-Australia immigrant, participate in a practice TV broadcast that was part of a training workshop led by Siegfred Balatan, a producer for GUMC.TV, in Sydney, Australia.  The training was conducted as part of a Television ministry partnership between Wesleyan Methodist Church in Parramatta, Sydney, Australia, and Uniting Church of Australia. Photo courtesy of GUMC.TV.

Digital/TV ministry to serve Filipinos in Australia

Partnership among Filipino United Methodists with Australian churches opens new door to worshippers. Read More

The U.S. court ruling striking down the housing-allowance tax exemption for clergy is not the final word. United Methodists leaders offer insights on the case. Photo illustration by BeyondJ, Pixabay

Responding to court ruling on clergy housing

A federal judge’s ruling striking down the law that provides tax exemption on clergy housing allowances is not the final word. Read More

A view of Senikau Momoka’s house shows the extent of damage to her property after wildfires swept through California on Oct. 9. Momoka is a member of First United Methodist Church of Santa Rosa, which opened its doors to people left homeless after the blaze. Photo by Kelly Vaughn, courtesy of First United Methodist Church.

United Methodists help, struggle amid wildfires

United Methodists were there to help amid the deadly wildfires, which destroyed the homes of some church members. Read More

From left, Bishop Samuel Aguilar, vice president of CIEMAL (Council of Evangelical Methodist Churches in Latin America and the Caribbean); Elder Juan de Dios Peña, president of the council; and Bishop Hideide Gomes de Brito Torres, council secretary, listen during the XI Assembly taking place Oct. 9-13, in Panama City, Panama. The three were elected officers at the meeting. Photo by the Rev. Gustavo Vasquez, UMNS.

Strengthening mission in the Americas

Methodist and United Methodist leaders meet to discuss how to bolster the church in Latin America and the Caribbean and heard an update on Puerto Rico. Read More

Beryl R. Coloma, chairperson of Puno United Methodist Church’s outreach ministry, reads a statement by the Philippines United Methodist Board of Church and Society, reiterating its denouncement of extrajudicial killings by the Philippine government. Photo courtesy of Puno United Methodist Church Communications.

Philippines United Methodists decry government killings

Philippines Board of Church and Society issues statement as the government’s violent war on drugs continues. Read More

United Methodist Bishop Christian Alsted from the Nordic and Baltic Area, along with the leaders of the member churches of the European Methodist Council, signed a Community Agreement expressing a commitment to join together to enable a stronger Methodist witness in Europe during a ceremony in Wesley’s Chapel, London, on Sept. 10. Photo by Üllas Tankler, courtesy of the General Board of Global Ministries.

European denominations agree to closer ties

Agreement is first step for Methodist, Wesleyan and Uniting churches to find “ways for further co-operation.” Read More

Delegates consider legislation during the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. In 2020, the faces at General Conference may change, but the numbers will likely be the same. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

GC2020 delegate count holds steady

The Commission on the General Conference also is looking at how to make the lawmaking body’s proceedings more accessible digitally. Read More

The Rev. Lothar Elsner (left) and Thomas Kemper welcome participants to the International Health Forum of The United Methodist Church in Stuttgart, Germany. Elsner is president of the Bethany Deaconess Foundation in Frankfurt and Kemper is top staff executive of the denomination's Board of Global Ministries. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Churches have much to offer in health care

Local congregations can provide needed spiritual and practical support for sick, say speakers at United Methodist forum in Germany. Read More

Sara Hotchkiss, in red, speaks during the Commission on General Conference meeting Oct. 7 at Camp Sumatanga in Gallant, Ala. Earlier in the meeting, Hotchkiss helped explain plans for the special General Conference in 2019. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS.

Planning the special General Conference

As church heads into ‘uncharted waters,’ the Commission on General Conference offers an overview of what to expect in 2019. Read More