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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

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

Dr. Olusimbo Ige (left) visits with Dr. Beate Jakob during the International Health Forum of The United Methodist Church in Stuttgart, Germany. Ige is director of global health for the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries and Jakob works with the German Institute for Medical Mission. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Church networks reach remote corners for health care

Church has important role to play in global health care, say speakers at international United Methodist forum. Read More

Courtesy photo of Rob Rutland-Brown, executive director of National Justice for Our Neighbors.

Commentary: JFON helps immigrants get the welcome they deserve

Justice for Our Neighbors, a ministry of The United Methodist Church, helps low-income immigrants and refugees navigate the complex U.S. legal system. Read More

A group of members and pastors from Methodist churches in the San Juan area form a human chain to unload supplies at the Utuado church in central Puerto Rico. The

Puerto Rican bishop: ‘This is a catastrophe’

The Methodist Church in Puerto Rico is distributing food packages and trying to reach the more isolated communities affected by Hurricane Maria. Read More

The Rev. Donald E. Messer, left, is an organizer of the United Methodist Association of Retired Clergy, a group that does not believe church unity should come at the expense of LGBTQ Christians. Bishop Charlene Kammerer will be the keynote speaker at the group’s November event.

New group aims for LGBTQ full inclusion

Retired United Methodist clergy are organizing a meeting that comes as other groups are also weighing in on the homosexuality debate. Read More

Gilbert C. Hanke (second from right), top executive of United Methodist Men, speaks on a panel at the AMEND Experience Sept. 26 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. The annual YWCA event focused on teaching healthy masculinity and violence prevention to those who work with and can influence Nashville’s youth. Hanke was joined on stage by Drew Maddux (Christ Presbyterian Academy in Nashville), Allison May (Allstate Southern Region) and Kate Jay (Verizon Southeast Market). Photo by Carly Clark for YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee.

United Methodist Men take on domestic violence

The agency has collaborated with the YWCA on an eight-week group series that will help men learn to recognize, respond to and prevent violence against women. Read More

Many Voices, One Faith is a United Methodist Forum created by United Methodist News Service. Photo by Kathy L. Gilbert: illustration by Laurens Glass, UMNS.

United Methodist Forum

“Many Voices, One Faith” brings together perspectives on topics and issues related to what it means to be a church member. Read commentaries on Read More

A woman holds a baby while seated among displaced people at a United Methodist church in Jalingo, Nigeria. United Methodist churches in Nigeria served as camps for people displaced after attacks on villages in Lau, a local government area in Taraba State in Northern Nigeria, in early 2017. Photo by the Rev. Ande I. Emmanuel.Photo by the Rev. Ande I. Emmanuel.

Global Migration Sunday shines light on a crisis

On Dec. 3, United Methodist churches are encouraged to participate in a day of prayer and special offering to support displaced people around the world. Read More

While conducting search and rescue in the mountains of Puerto Rico, a CBP (U.S. Customs Border Patrol) Air and Marine Operations Black Hawk located this home a half mile from the peak of a hill with HELP painted on its roof. Photo by Kris Grogan, U.S. Customs Border Patrol.

Maria’s wreckage slows relief to Puerto Rico

As Puerto Rican Methodists try to assess needs, United Methodists gear up to help. Read More

Text and art from country music star Jason Aldean’s Twitter and Instagram posts following a mass shooting in Las Vegas at an outdoor concert where Aldean was performing, Oct. 1. Image courtesy of Jason Aldean’s social media accounts.

After mass shooting, churchgoers offer help

Even as they pray for Las Vegas, United Methodists are preparing to respond to the long-term trauma. Read More

A view of First United Methodist Church in Austin, Texas, with the state capitol dome rising behind it. Photo by J.M. Hicks, courtesy of First United Methodist Church.

Church votes no weddings until all can wed

The Austin, Texas, church sees its vote as a way of showing solidarity with LGBTQ people even as the denomination does not allow same-gender marriage. Read More

From left, the Rev. Alvin Horton, left, First United Methodist Church; the Rev. Elaine Thomas, St. Paul's Memorial Church; Rabbi Tom Gutherz, Congregation Beth Israel; and the Rev. Alvin Edwards, Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church, were among those attending a recent  meeting of the Charlottesville (Va.) Clergy Collective. Photo by Richard Lord.

Clergy network stands strong in Charlottesville

The interfaith Charlottesville Clergy Collective, including United Methodists, finds a united front the best way to deal with white supremacists. Read More

A home in Everglades City, Fla. tilts precariously following damage by Hurricane Irma. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Florida churches commit to long post-Irma recovery

Estimates are that it will take five years for Florida to recover from Hurricane Irma’s damage. The United Methodist Church plans to be there for all of it. Read More

Twenty-two Roma children from Ohrid are participating in a unique school project of The United Methodist Church in Macedonia. In Europe, Aug. 2, 2017, was dedicated to the memory of thousands of Roma lost their lives in concentration camps during WWII, but the ethnic group still faces discrimination. Photo courtesy of Christina Cekov.

Unique school project for Macedonia’s Roma

United Methodists in Macedonia offer education, practical help and hope to children whose families often face discrimination. Read More

Edward L. Massaquoi broadcasts on ELUM, The United Methodist Church's radio station in Monrovia, Liberia. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Liberian radio broadcasts hope

Community radio is one of the most important information outlets in Africa. Read More

An image of only the top paragraph of a press release issued by the North Texas Conference announcing that just resolutions had been reached among three parties after complaints following a same-gender wedding ceremony. Graphic courtesy of the North Texas Conference; cropped by UMNS.

Same-sex wedding complaints reach resolution

Two North Texas clergy faced complaints under church law — a retired pastor for officiating at the wedding and another for hosting it. Read More

When children in the United Methodist congregation in Arendal, Norway, heard about the mudslide and flooding in Sierra Leone, they sold waffles, coffee and treats and raised $200 to help children now homeless because of the disaster. Norwegian United Methodists sent $39,000 in total to Sierra Leone. Photo by Stig-Johnny Jørstad.

Quick disaster response to partners in need

United Methodists in Norway raise money to help church in Sierra Leone assist those displaced by mudslide, flooding. Read More

The Rev. Ric Shewell, 33, is pastor of Christ United Methodist Church in Portland, Oregon. He feels the lack of a United Methodist-approved seminary in the Pacific Northwest has contributed to the scarcity of young clergy in the Oregon-Idaho Conference. Photo courtesy of Rev. Shewell.

Young elder numbers slip in 2017

Lewis Center report shows The United Methodist Church depending more than ever on clergy age 55 and older. Read More

Some 1,500 United Methodists and other Christians in the Wesleyan family attended the New Room Conference on Sept. 20-22 in Franklin, Tenn. The gathering aims to teach practices that can lead to Christian revival. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS.

New Room: Banding together for great awakening

The New Room Conference is trying to recover the Wesleyan method of band meetings. It’s just one way the event seeks to promote revival. Read More

Sierra Leone Bishop John K. Yambasu, president of the Africa College of Bishops, said theology must remain a core value at United Methodist-related Africa University in Mutare, Zimbabwe.

Africa U. asked to reconsider restructure

Enrollment in Faculty of Theology dropped to 40 and Zimbabwe’s immigration change is delaying return of some international students to campus. Read More

Sandy McCall looks through her furniture and flooded possessions on the street outside her home in Orange, Texas, after Hurricane Harvey. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

UMCOR is there for the long haul after disasters

The United Methodist Church’s relief agency walks alongside conferences to make sure survivors get what they need at every stage of a disaster. Read More

Members of Calvary United Methodist Church chartered two buses and rode to Pennsylvania Supreme Court to support Tina Brosius during her parole board hearing on Sept. 15. There were so many people, about half had to be turned away because the hearing room was full.

Faith family supports woman convicted of killing baby

Calvary United Methodist Church rejoiced when Tina Brosius received commutation, praying for clemency from Pennsylvania governor. Read More

In September, the Council of Churches in Sierra Leone, led by United Methodist Bishop John Yambasu, distributed about $82,000 worth of food, bowls, blankets and other relief items to mudslide survivors at a new relocation camp in Juba, western Freetown. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

After mudslide: Need for environmental education

The Sierra Leone Council of Churches, led by United Methodist Bishop John Yambasu, hopes environmental education can help avert future disasters. Read More

Members of the Ecumenical Bishops Forum gathered with the thousands of protesters in Rizal Park, Manila, on Sept. 21, marking the 45th year of martial law in the Philippines. It was also called a

Filipinos protest on martial law anniversary

“Only antidote to the power of tyranny is the power of organized people.” Read More

Special Report: Honduras and Guatemala 2017

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

A GOES-16 [satellite] geocolor image of Hurricane Maria over Puerto Rico as it made landfall on Sept. 20. Although not yet operational, data from NOAA’s GOES-16 satellite proved vital in forecasting operations for Hurricane Maria as it neared Puerto Rico. Image courtesy of NOAA/NASA/CIRA.

Standing with Puerto Rican church after hurricanes

United Methodists pray for safety “and stand in solidarity as one Methodist family.” Read More

The Sept. 19 earthquake in Mexico damaged tile roofs and plaster walls at the Tree of Life Center, in the village of Tlancualpican. The center is part of the United Methodist-supported Give Ye Them to Eat ministry. Photo courtesy Muriel Henderson.

Earthquake hits Methodist churches, ministry

Methodists in Mexico assess damage while joining relief efforts after their country’s second major temblor this month. Read More

The Commission on a Way Forward met Sept. 18-20 to discuss possible models for the denomination's future. This photo of the group's logo comes from an earlier meeting. Photo by Diane Degnan, United Methodist Communications.

Way Forward sketches ideas to present bishops

Some members express cautious optimism for church unity. Another member has written about why he sees a need for a church split. Read More

The kitchen at Clendenin (W. Va.) United Methodist Church was ruined by flooding in June 2016 (left side image). The partially rebuilt kitchen is used by volunteer teams hosted by the church in July 2017 (right side image). Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

The church is still with West Virginia in flood recovery

A year later, United Methodists continue to help rebuild homes and lives in West Virginia. Read More

Pastor: ‘God wanted me to go through tribulations’

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

The Rev. Adam Hamilton, a clergy delegate from the Great Plains Conference, speaks on the floor of the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. Delegates were discussing what some perceive as a need to divide the denomination over issues of sexuality. Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS

New group to church: Let’s stay together

The Uniting Methodists Movement seeks to give voice to those who think differences around homosexuality should not divide church. Read More

Members of the New York and Northern Illinois conferences bonded during a joint cabinet meeting in September at 475 Riverside Drive in New York.

Connecting across regional lines

The United Methodist New York and Northern Illinois bishops and their cabinets find solidarity, support and helpful ideas at a first joint session together. Read More

The Rev. Wilton Odongo, district superintendent of Nairobi, said the church was encouraging voters to maintain peace in Kenya following the nullification of the presidential election results by the country’s Supreme Court.

Kenyan church promotes peaceful voting

United Methodists hope to bridge divisions ahead of second presidential election. Read More

Students with the National Network of Young Adults pose for a selfie. The network finds mentors for young African-Americans interested in leadership in The United Methodist Church in the areas of ordained or lay ministry, social justice or academia. Photo courtesy of Nathalie N. Parker.

Support for young African-American leaders

New network aims to provide mentoring for future African-American leaders in the denomination. Read More

Church becomes emergency shelter after Harvey

The Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell explains why Windsor Village United Methodist Church in Houston opened its doors to displaced residents. “There was no doubt in our minds.” Read More

Bishop Rodolfo A. Juan (left) prays for a leader (red vest) at a refugee camp in Malaybalay, Philippines. United Methodists pooled their resources to provide relief to wounded soldiers and people displaced due to violence between the military and the Islamic State group or ISIS. Photo courtesy of Dan Ela.

Filipino United Methodists help those fleeing violence

Filipino United Methodists provided relief to wounded soldiers and people displaced because of violent conflicts. Read More

The General Council on Finance and Administration board has formed a new Reserves Task Force to examine just how much general church funds should save for a rainy day. Photo illustration by Hans Braxmeier, courtesy of Pixabay; adapted by UMNS.

Church reserve funds under a microscope

How much should church agencies save for a rainy day? A new task force is looking at that question. Read More

First United Methodist Church in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is surrounded by floodwaters following Hurricane Irma.

United Methodists helping those devastated by Irma

Bishop Kenneth H. Carter visited and prayed with people who were in the path of Hurricane Irma. Read More

Survey seeks feedback on sexual harassment issues

United Methodist Commission on Status and Role of Women needs responses from clergy, laity to update data from 2005. Read More

The Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell greets volunteer Mary Jackson at the doorway of the food and clothing distribution center at Windsor Village United Methodist Church in Houston. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Houston churches go flat out with flood relief

Bishop expresses pride but also tells volunteers to pace themselves and ʽfind time for Sabbath.’ Read More

Most of the employees at the Tabacos de Oriente cigar factory in Danlí, Honduras, are women. After the tobacco leaves are cured, they are sorted by color and size. Photo by Kathy L. Gilbert, UMNS.

Chaplain brings word of God to cigar factory workers

The Rev. José Roberto Peña, a United Methodist pastor, has been preaching every Friday through an intercom for the past three years. Read More

he Rev. José Roberto Peña, a United Methodist pastor in Honduras, has a unique side ministry. Every Friday, he preaches to workers at a cigar factory. Video image by Jan Snider, UMNS.

Honduras pastor serves as ‘tobacco chaplain’

“When I don’t come, (workers) ask me, ‘Why? We need you to bring the Christian message.’” Read More

The United Methodist Orphanage in Jalingo, Nigeria, is a beacon of hope for more than 189 orphans. First begun as a partnership between the Nigeria Conference and four U.S. conferences, the home has cared for, educated and given love to Nigerian children with no parents. Photo by the Rev. Ande I. Emmanuel, UMNS.

United Methodist orphanage in Nigeria a beacon of hope

Founded in 1999, the home has cared for, educated and given love to Nigerian children with no parents. Read More

Soldiers with Florida National Guard's 20th Special Forces Group are going door to door in the Jacksonville area around Ortega Island following Hurricane Irma, Sept 11, 2017. Photo courtesy of the Florida National Guard.

Churches outside Florida feel effects of Irma

From Georgia and the Carolinas to islands in the Caribbean, United Methodists and Methodists are among those dealing with the hurricane and tropical storm. Read More

Fifth- and sixth-graders at Monroe Academy donate supplies for a relief bucket drive sponsored by First United Methodist Church in Monroeville, Ala. Photo courtesy of Alabama-West Florida Conference.

Churches helping one bucket at a time

United Methodists rally to help survivors of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma cleanup. Read More

Bishop Gabriel Yemba Unda has been elected moderator of an ecumenical organization, Eglise du Christ au Congo, a Protestant ecumenical group of 95 denominations in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo by Eveline Chikwanah, UMNS.

United Methodist bishop to lead Congo ecumenical organization

Bishop Gabriel Yemba Unda has been elected moderator of Eglise du Christ au Congo, a Protestant ecumenical group of 95 denominations in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Read More

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

Waiting to assess impact of Hurricane Irma

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

While children enjoy the playground, the adult congregation of Lake Houston United Methodist Church in Huffman, Texas, reacts to the message of the Sunday sermon by the Rev. Frank Coats. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Harvey survivors mindful of those in Irma’s path

United Methodists in southeast Texas continue to face big challenges from ruinous floods. Read More

Volunteers board up windows at East Naples United Methodist Church in Naples, Fla., in preparation for Hurricane Irma. Photo courtesy of East Naples United Methodist Church via Facebook.

United Methodists prepare for Irma to hit U.S.

From Florida to the Carolinas, conferences and churches in the hurricane’s projected path are taking precautions. Read More

Workers recover a body from beneath a bridge in Kamayama, Sierra Leone, nearly two weeks after flooding and mudslides killed hundreds. United Methodist Bishop John Yambasu was at the site when the body was found and expressed hope that the tragedy would teach every Sierra Leonean a hard lesson and result in better programs to relocate people from at-risk areas. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

Church commits to long-term help for mudslide, flood survivors

The United Methodist Church in Sierra Leone has committed to a long-term presence to help mudslide and flood survivors. Read More

The Rev. Scott Moore, the director of missional excellence for the Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church, works from a forklift during a “water drive” in Conroe, Texas, after Hurricane Harvey. The efforts to help make sure disaster relief teams had enough water for the thirsty town where floodwaters shut down the water system. Photo by Brant Mills, courtesy of the Texas Conference

‘God moments’ spur pastor’s Harvey relief efforts

The Rev. Scott Moore of the Texas Conference recounts how obstacles that seemed insurmountable vanished in a series of events he says were beyond coincidence. Read More

Zimbabwe Area Bishop Eben K. Nhiwatiwa said the initial conversation towards implementing the 2016 General Conference decision to increase the number of bishops in Africa from 13 to 18, was “quite healthy and very deep.” The meeting was held in Harare, Zimbabwe, and included discussions of possible scenarios for new Episcopal areas and redrawing Central Conference boundaries. Photo by Eveline Chikwanah, UMNS.

Task force considers placement for new bishops

The task force charged with determining how to carry out a General Conference 2016 plan for five new United Methodist bishops in Africa began considering ways to proceed. Read More

The residence where Dr. Shane Sam Mathew lived at Ganta United Methodist Mission in Liberia lies in ruins after a fire that killed the visiting dentist and nursing instructor from India. Photo by Julu Swen, UMNS.

Indian dentist dies in fire at church mission station

The 25-year-old killed in a fire worked at Ganta United Methodist Hospital in Liberia and served as an instructor at the nursing college of United Methodist University. Read More

Because of concerns about unattributed content, Abingdon Press has ended distribution of “Strong for a Moment Like This,” a collection of devotionals sent to Hillary Rodham Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Abingdon pulls Clinton devotional book

United Methodist author apologizes when publisher’s review after earlier plagiarism concern shows other unattributed content. Read More

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

Guatemala church works in shadow of gangs

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

Alexander B. Cummings (left), a 2017 presidential candidate in Liberia, and Charles Brumskine, a Liberian politician and attorney, listen during the presidential debate in Paynesville City, Liberia. The Civil Society and Trade Union Institutions of Liberia, now headed by United Methodist Church leadership, says it will not endorse presidential candidates whose platforms do not consider Liberia’s labor force. Photo by Julu Swen, UMNS.

Coalition fights for labor issues in Liberia

The United Methodist leader of the Civil Society and Trade Union Institutions of Liberia says it will only endorse labor-friendly presidential candidates. Read More

Hundreds march for DACA and the Dream Act leaving from Centennial Park and ending outside the offices of Senators Corker and Alexander in Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 5, 2017. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

Churchgoers stand with immigrant Dreamers

United Methodists are calling for Congress to act on behalf of immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. Read More

United Methodist Bishop Ruediger R. Minor died Sept. 3, 2017. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Bishop with East German, Moscow ties dead at 78

Bishop Rüdiger (Ruediger) R. Minor of Dresden, an episcopal leader before and after Germany’s reunification, also oversaw congregations in Russia and Eurasia. Read More

Pastors preach comfort to Harvey survivors

United Methodists gathered to worship after Harvey, and bishops from the Rio Texas and Texas conferences visited churches and communities that were damaged. Read More

Mac Buff in conversation with other participants during a time of art and fellowship during  Rooted, an ecumenical trans and gender-expanded retreat held in Chicago Aug. 11-13.

Trans Christians: Gathering ‘like a drink of cool water’

Rooted was an ecumenical trans and gender-expanded retreat for participants to talk about their faith and share their experiences in church. Read More

Matthew Marchetti, a member of Chapelwood United Methodist Church in Houston, looks at three computer screens as he works to locate people who need rescuing during Hurricane Harvey. Marchetti, along with fellow Chapelwood member Oliver Carter, came up with a design for a web app,, to help connect those in need with volunteer rescuers. Photo courtesy of Matthew Marchetti.

Enlisting tech, boats for Houston rescue efforts

Members of Chapelwood United Methodist Church created an app to help dispatch boats, including the “Chapelwood Navy,” to those stranded by Harvey flooding. Read More

Youth from First United Methodist Church in Corpus Christi, Texas, pose for a group photo during clean-ups conducted in both Corpus Christi and Portland after Hurricane Harvey. They also have plans to work in a local food bank and travel to harder-hit areas over the weekend. Photo courtesy of Lauren Gray.

Floods force pastor, flock to higher ground

Drama unfolds at small-town United Methodist church as southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana grapple with effects of Harvey Read More

Displaced children, including some orphaned by the Aug. 14 mudslide that killed hundreds, eat breakfast at one of the relief centers established for mudslide victims in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Photo by Julu Swen, UMNS.

United Methodists provide relief to mudslide, flood survivors

The United Methodist Church in Sierra Leone is providing food, emergency health care and even counseling to survivors of the landslide and flooding that killed hundreds. Read More

United Methodist Bishop Gregory V. Palmer presided over a meeting in Harare, Zimbabwe, of the denomination’s Comprehensive Africa Task Force, where it was announced that United Methodists in Burundi have decided to reconcile. Photo by Eveline Chikwanah

United Methodists to reconcile in Burundi

Healing comes after divisions that affected the church’s witness in East Africa. Read More

Volunteers from Houston’s Bear Creek United Methodist Church used boats to help residents evacuate from Tropical Storm Harvey’s rising floodwaters. Photo by Michele Sibley, courtesy Bear Creek United Methodist Church.

Churches shelter many as Harvey damage spreads

Beyond Houston, communities and United Methodist churches cope with flooding and displacement from lingering tropical storm. Read More

Commentary: 5 Harvey things you don’t expect

The Rev. Eric Huffman, who is leading a new United Methodist church in Houston, reflects on what he’s learning from his first hurricane. Read More

Aminah A. Lucena, a United Methodist youth, holds a photo of Kian delos Santos during a candle-lighting protest in front of the Philippine National Police headquarters in Quezon City on Aug. 23. Kian, a 17-year-old student, was a victim of extrajudicial killings under the Operation Galugad of the War on Drugs campaign of President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Miguel de Guzman, courtesy of The Philippine Star.

Filipino United Methodists protest teen’s death

Filipino United Methodists joined recent protests of Filipino president’s war on drugs that killed 17-year-old. Read More

A mutual love of soccer helped Samuel Goia, a United Methodist lay pastor in Romania, connect with Roma youth and form a team, leading to a ministry with an ethnic group widely discriminated against in Europe. Photo courtesy of Samuel Goia.

Soccer leads to Roma ministry in Romania

United Methodist lay pastor connects with youth, and then their families, in outreach to an ethnic group still discriminated against in Europe. Read More

A fallen sign at the First United Methodist Church in Aransas Pass, Texas, on the Gulf Coast, indicated the force of winds from Hurricane Harvey, which hit the Gulf Coast town on Aug. 25. Photo courtesy Rio Texas Conference.

Churches pitch in as Harvey crisis continues

Relief officials prepare for long-term response in Houston and other parts of south Texas. Read More

Clergy from the Council of Churches of Sierra Leone lead a procession of worshippers to an area at the bottom of Mount Sugar Loaf where hundreds of bodies that were not recovered are still buried under the rubble of a devastating landslide. A service of remembrance and thanksgiving for the victims and survivors was held at the bottom of Mount Sugar Loaf, Aug. 27. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

Service provides chance to mourn mudslide victims

As the death toll continues to rise, United Methodist Bishop John Yambasu helped organize a service of remembrance that allowed survivors to mourn the dead. Read More

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

Honduras, Guatemala pastors rely on power of prayer

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

United Methodist clergy, from bishops to local pastors, were among more than 3,000 ministers gathered in the shadow of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington on Aug. 28 for the “Ministers March for Justice.” Marchers walked down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Department of Justice building. Photo by Erik Alsgaard, UMNS.

United Methodists participate in Ministers March for Justice

Clergy march designed to send message that marchers believe the current administration and Department of Justice are undermining democracy. Read More

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

Pastor serves church in Honduras gang neighborhood

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

The Island in the Son United Methodist Church in Corpus Christ, Texas, was badly damaged by Hurricane Harvey. The Rio Texas Conference hopes to get emergency response teams to the Corpus Christi area by Aug. 29. Photo courtesy the Rio Texas Conference.

Harvey floods hit Houston churches

Bishop calls damage ʽcatastrophic’ as the hurricane that became a lingering tropical storm continues to wreak havoc. Read More

Floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey engulf the home of the Rev. Andrew Wolfe, associate pastor at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Houston. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Andrew Wolfe.

Texas floods force rescue of many

United Methodist churches prepare for long-haul recovery as catastrophe continues. Read More

The choir of Rhems United Methodist Church in New Bern, N.C., sings an anthem on Palm Sunday. The rural church has seen its ministry grow with the addition of Karen refugees from Burma. Photo courtesy of Rhems United Methodist Church.

Refugees revitalize country church

The movie “All Saints” shows how Karen refugees saved a church. Rhems United Methodist Church has a similar story and a personal connection to the film. Read More

Susan E. Dillozon, (center in green) is a United Methodist deaconess who is serving as a pastoral worker in Methodist Filipino Ministry in Macau, China. The mission house became a refuge to evacuees after the devastation of Typhoon Hato, the biggest storm in this area in years. Photo courtesy of Susan Dillozon.

Typhoon Hato victims flee to Macau Filipino Methodist Mission

Filipino United Methodist members take shelter as biggest storm in five years pounds area. Read More