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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

Voices of the Methodist Central Jurisdiction

The Central Jurisdiction was a racially segregated body of the Methodist Church from 1939-1968. In this audio slideshow, former members of the jurisdiction discuss its history. View

A woman holds a sign during an April 4, 2018, peace and unity rally. The rally followed the Commission on Religion and Race’s participation in the United to End Racism Prayer Walk in Washington. Photo courtesy of the Commission on Religion and Race.

Religion and Race celebrates 50 years

Formed as a commission to monitor the church’s integration efforts, the United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race has expanded its inclusion advocacy worldwide. Read More

Photo from the 1968 General Conference, held April 21-May 4, 1968, Dallas. Racial segregation was one of the main issues confronting the merger that created The United Methodist Church. Photo courtesy of United Methodist Commission on Archives and History.

50 years on, Central Jurisdiction’s shadow looms

The union that created The United Methodist Church also abolished its racially segregated institution. That history is a reminder that the church still struggles with race relations. Read More

Women pray during a worship service on Christian unity in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo. The Church of Christ in Congo, an ecumenical Christian organization that includes United Methodists, sponsored the women’s event. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UMNS.

Group preaches Christian unity to Congolese women

Church of Christ in Congo, an ecumenical organization that includes United Methodists, is promoting peace in communities often divided by tribal, ethnic or religious conflicts. Read More

West Ohio Bishop Gregory V. Palmer preaches during opening worship for the April 12-14 meeting of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries in Atlanta. Photo by Jennifer Silver, General Board of Global Ministries.

Mission agency makes King 50th a focus

Through site visits in Atlanta, drama and worship, directors and staff of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries honor the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Read More

Members of United Methodist International English Church worship with the congregation of   Mvululu United Methodist Church during a March missionary trip in Mvululu, Democratic Republic of Congo. All offerings from the service remain in Mvululu. Photo by Pierre T. Omadjela, UMNS.

City, rural churches build ‘friendship’ in Congo

Partnership allows church members to spread the good news while also helping struggling congregation with a new chapel and other needs. Read More

Bishops process during the May 10 opening of the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. The Council of Bishops asked the Judicial Council to hold a special session this spring and the denomination’s top court has agreed. File photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Judicial Council announces special session

At the request of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, the church’s top court will hold a special session in May. Read More

North Texas Conference Bishop Mike McKee leads discussion about the Commission on a Way Forward. McKee has been holding a series of meetings across the conference, and this was one held April 12, 2018, at First United Methodist Church in Richardson, Texas. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS.

Hitting the road for Way Forward

Bishops take different approaches to sharing about effort to hold the church together amid conflict over homosexuality Read More

Courtesy photo of the Rev. Donna Claycomb Sokol.

Commentary: Will you join in fighting racism?

The Rev. Donna Claycomb Sokol writes about her profound gratitude for the church that saved her by opening her eyes to racism. Read More

A demolished building barely stands in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria devastated the island. Puerto Rico was already reeling from Irma when Maria made landfall Sept. 20, 2017, as a Category 5 hurricane, bringing with it 175 mile-per-hour winds and 40 inches of rain. Photo by the Rev. Gustavo Vasquez, UMNS.

UMCOR allocates $46 million for disaster recovery

Continued response to last year’s major events includes new $16.8 million grant for Methodist Church of Puerto Rico. Read More

A consultation on the social principles of The United Methodist Church held by the General Board of Church and Society in Washington, D.C. in 2015.

Revised Social Principles open for comments

The draft released April 12 is about half complete and writers are asking for comments from all United Methodists. Read More

In the Chapel of Reconciliation at the Berlin Wall Memorial, tour guide Christiane Schmidt (right) explains to those gathered how the altarpiece from the original Church of Reconciliation was damaged when the building was blown up by the East German government in 1985. The piece survived the demolition and now hangs in the new chapel. Bishop Rosemarie Wenner of Germany (left) looks on. Photo by Klaus U. Ruof, UMNS.

Berlin trip opens eyes, ears of Church and Society board

Tour of reconciliation chapel at the site of the former Berlin Wall leaves a lasting impression. Read More

The Rev. Albert C. Outler’s papers at Bridwell Library include a draft of the sermon he preached on April 23, 1968, during the uniting service of the Uniting Conference, officially creating The United Methodist Church. Photo courtesy of Bridwell Library Special Collections, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.

Uniting Conference sermon still talked about

A stirring 1968 address by the Rev. Albert C. Outler celebrated the creation of The United Methodist Church, but also laid down challenges. Read More

Dana Lyles of Western North Carolina Conference and the Rev. Brad Brady of the South Georgia Conference were among the Connectional Table members talking in small groups during the April meeting in Chicago. The 64-member church leadership body discussed how to carry out the church’s disciple-making mission in this time of uncertainty. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS.

Planning for post-General Conference church

The Connectional Table, a church leadership body, is looking at ways to support the church’s mission in uncertain times and beyond. Read More

Tess Junger, a student at Monroe Elementary, Oklahoma City, participates in a demonstration of support for the teachers asking for better wages and conditions. Photo courtesy of Whiney White Junger.

United Methodists support students, protesting teachers

In Oklahoma and West Virginia, United Methodist churches offered spiritual food and support to educators in the midst of struggle. Read More

Juliet Sithole, who lives at The Fairfield Children’s Home at The United Methodist Church’s Mutare Mission in Zimbabwe, said her life has been transformed through donations to the center. Sithole plans to enroll at Africa University in August. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UMNS.

Zimbabwe women embrace orphans

Fairfield Children’s Home gets $5,000 donation from United Methodist Women in Harare East District; the women also serve as role models to the orphans. Read More

Kay Schecht, standing with Bishop Mike McKee, accepts the Foundation for Evangelism’s Distinguished Evangelist Award during the April 8 worship service at Plymouth Park United Methodist Church, in Irving, Texas. Photo by Bill Fentum.

Laywoman honored as ‘Distinguished Evangelist’

Foundation for Evangelism gives major award to Kay Schecht for work with at-risk children and youth, including bringing them to church. Read More

Bishop Sandra L. Steiner Ball speaks during the April 2018 meeting of the Connectional Table. The meeting addressed the Way Forward Commission's work and the worldwide nature of the church. Photo by Heather Hahn, United Methodist News Service.

Bishop urges new mindset for way forward

Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball said United Methodists will need a new approach to General Conference if they are to move through their impasse around homosexuality. Read More

Rev. Heike Miller (right) visits with Dieter Kugelmann outside the United Methodist Church in Lorsbach, Germany, during Café Gegenüber, a weekly gathering for coffee, cake and conversation. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Tiny church vital center for community

A tiny 12-member United Methodist church is making a mark as a social center in the community while raising money for a life-changing education program in Ghana. Read More

Celestin Kasereka Buhendwa, left, repairs a vehicle in his workshop in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo. Buhendwa, an orphan since the age of 5, was trained to be an auto mechanic at The United Methodist Church-supported Goma Orphanage. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UMNS.

Church in Congo puts orphans on path to success

United Methodist-supported orphanage offers skills training to young adults so that they can become self-sufficient. Read More

Harriet Appiah-Anderson (left) sings with the choir at Wesley's Chapel in London. She is chair of the church's Ghanaian fellowship. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Diversity leads to growth for London churches

An influx of Methodists from Africa, Asia and elsewhere means growing congregations for some of London’s historic churches. Read More

The Rev. Martyn Atkins is superintendent minister of Methodist Central Hall, Westminster, in London. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Close a church, open a ministry?

Grappling with a membership decline, The Methodist Church in Britain looks beyond its buildings to “fresh” ways of doing mission. Read More

Bishops (from left) LaTrelle Easterling, Bruce R. Ough, Hope Morgan Ward, Bob Farr and Karen Oliveto carry a United Methodist banner. Photo by Kathy L. Gilbert, UMNS

United Methodists stand, act to end racism

United Methodists joined thousands at a rally on the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King’s death. Those at the rally pledged anew to combat the sin of racism. Read More

United Methodists gathered and prayed at an event leading up to a national rally to end racism. The prayer witness was organized by the United Methodist Council of Bishops. Members of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society and Commission on Race and Religion spoke to the group about the work the agencies do to fight racism. Photo by Kathy L. Gilbert, UMNS

United Methodists pledge to fight racism

Faith communities gather and commit to eradicating entrenched racism in United States. Read More

First United Methodist Church in Louisville, Miss., is one of two congregations whose members voted to withdraw from The United Methodist Church in March. Photo courtesy of First United Methodist Church.

2 churches vote to leave denomination

Two Mississippi churches exited The United Methodist Church last year, and now two more want to withdraw. The pastor cites ongoing homosexuality debate. Read More

East Congo Area Bishop Gabriel Yemba Unda visits the Mamma Lynn Center in January in Kindu, the capital of the Maniema province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The center, a project of The California-Pacific, Memphis and Tennessee conferences in cooperation with The United Methodist Church in the Congo, will give rape survivors a chance to heal and overcome the stigma that makes them outcasts. Photo by Judith Osongo Yanga, UMNS.

United Methodists condemn sexual violence in DRC

In southern Maniema province, 5,000 cases of sexual violence were recorded in 2017 and most of the victims are girls ages 14 to 17, according to a report. Read More

Prosper Tunda greets supporters after being elected governor of the Maniema province on March 28. Tunda, a member of Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Tokolote, is the first United Methodist governor since the Congo became independent in 1960. Photo by Chadrack Londe Tambwe, UMNS.

United Methodist elected governor in DRC

Prosper Tunda, whose family hosted the first Methodist missionaries in East Congo in 1922, has been elected governor of the Maniema province. Read More

Funeral of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Photo courtesy of Keystone Pictures USA / Alamy Stock Photo.

United Methodists on 50 years without King

Those who walked with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. were young — pastors and college students — when they met the man who would change the course of their lives. Read More

The Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell from a Sept. 2017 interview at Windsor Village in Houston where the 18,000 member United Methodist church provided food, clothing and other help in response to Hurricane Harvey. Caldwell has recently been indicted by a federal grand jury on fraud and money laundering charges related to bond sales. He maintains his innocence and continues at the church. Screenshot from a a video produced by Brant Mills, Texas Conference.

Prominent Houston pastor indicted for fraud, money laundering

The Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell of Windsor Village United Methodist Church maintains innocence against federal charges on bond sales. Read More

Lay adult members Emma Tousant of the Evangelical United Brethren and J.P. Zepeda of the Methodist Church shake hands as part of the uniting ceremony that marked the formation of The United Methodist Church in 1968. This moment of celebration was years in the making. Photo courtesy of Archives and History.

Amid tumult of 1968, a church came together

The United Methodist Church’s birth took years of work and a commitment to end racial segregation. Historians say 50 years later, the union offers lessons for today. Read More

Daniel smiles as he gets his feet washed by a volunteer from Christ Church, a United Methodist congregation with campuses in Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Beach, Fla. Volunteers washed the feet of 189 homeless men and women on March 25, Palm Sunday. Each person walked away with two pairs of socks and new shoes. Photo by Kathy L. Gilbert, UMNS.

United Methodists wash feet, feed souls

Florida’s Pompano Beach Chapel holds annual foot-washing for homeless community. Read More

Panelists discussed the core work of practical theology and religious communities today during a conference on practical theology at United Methodist Candler School of Theology. Shown, from left, Abdullah Antepli, Diana Butler Bass, the Rev. Brian McLaren and moderator Robert Farley. The discussion was part of the “Practical Matters Conference,” March 22-24. Photo by Taylor Burton-Edwards, UMNS.

Conference celebrates 15-year collaboration

A three-day conference on practical matters facing churches celebrated a 15-year collaboration among Candler School of Theology, the Lilly Endowment and Emory University. Read More

Bishop Daniel Arichea Jr. offers a prayer for Reynato S. Puno, kneeling, as other Filipino bishops and district superintendents lay hands on the former chief justice at a prayer gathering March 22 at Puno United Methodist Church in Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines. Puno, a United Methodist, was chosen by Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte to lead a Consultative Committee for Charter Change. Photo by Gladys Mangiduyos, UMNS.

Prayer support for former chief justice

Filipino bishops, church members gather to lift up fellow United Methodist who is leading a committee studying a change to the country’s constitution. Read More

Liberians in the U.S. through a humanitarian program and their allies rallied in favor of a permanent pathway to citizenship at the Minnesota State capital. The rally was the day before President Donald Trump terminated the Deferred Enforced Departure for Liberia program effective March 31, 2019. Photo by Nelima Sitati-Munene.

Liberians in U.S. anxious after DED termination

After fleeing war and disease, Liberians now living in U.S. fear job loss and deportation as 20-year-old humanitarian program ends. Read More

Children celebrate Mardi Gras at the United Methodist Koumassi School in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. Promoting unity across denominational and religious lines is a core mission in the country’s United Methodist schools where civil strife is a recent national memory. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Teaching Muslims and Christians for peace

In a nation where civil war is a recent nightmare, United Methodist schools bring students together from various religious backgrounds with the goal of preparing future leaders. Read More

Laboratory assistant Marguerite Losowa administers an HIV test at the United Methodist Health Center in Irambo in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UMNS.

Educating Congo women about HIV/AIDS testing

United Methodist hospitals in the Democratic Republic of Congo hold awareness workshops, encourage women to participate in voluntary testing. Read More

Portrait of Vicki Brown, news editor at United Methodist Communications. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Commentary: Why the church needs a news service

At a time of deep divisions within The United Methodist Church, an impartial news service can provide coverage that helps church members understand what is happening. Read More

Selma (left) and Arthur Härtel carry the lantern to lead the way for children's church at the United Methodist Church of the Redeemer in Munich, Germany. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Thriving Munich church fills new building

A thriving United Methodist Church in Munich, Germany, is filling a brand-new building with children’s programs and activities that bring 500 to 600 people to the church each week. Read More

The Rev. Allen Buck, a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, relocated to Portland, Ore., to become the pastor of Wilshire United Methodist Native American Fellowship in July of 2017. Since then, attendance has doubled. Photo courtesy of Wilshire United Methodist Native American Fellowship.

Native ministry in Portland experiences rebirth

New pastor breathes new life into Wilshire United Methodist Native American Fellowship, the last identifiable Native ministry in the Oregon-Idaho Conference. Read More

Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School lined bleachers at a March for Our Lives rally held in Parkland, Fla., March 24. Adults have the power to change gun laws if they get out and vote, students emphasized. “Policy change is not as difficult as losing a loved one,” one student said. Photo by Kathy L. Gilbert, UMNS.

Marching in the shadow of death in Parkland

Parkland, Florida, has become ground zero for gun control activism after the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 people dead on Feb. 14. Read More

Hannah Beamish, an 11th grader from Rochester, New York, came to the lock-in at National United Methodist Church in Washington, March 23 with her youth group. As thousands of people streamed into the nation’s capital for a rally to end gun violence in schools, several United Methodist churches in and around Washington opened their doors to offer youth groups and their leaders a place to stay, eat, sleep and prepare for the rally. Photo by Erik Alsgaard.

Churches offer lodging for youth marchers

United Methodist churches in Washington fed and housed youth groups who came for the March for Our Lives rally against gun violence. Read More

Bishop LaTrelle Easterling, the episcopal leader of the Baltimore-Washington Conference (center), along with other members from Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington, stand in front of the United Methodist Building before the rally. Photo by Sheila George.

Marchers call for new gun laws

Marchers in 800 cities joined a group of students from a school where a gunman killed 17 people in saying “enough is enough” when it comes to gun violence. Read More

Members of the Commission on a Way Forward participate in a letting-go prayer at the end of their four-day meeting at El Segundo United Methodist Church in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 22. Photo by Maidstone Mulenga, Council of Bishops.

Way Forward prepares final report to bishops

The Council of Bishops will use that report in drafting proposals to submit to the special General Conference. At present, two options are the main focus. Read More

Deborah Dangerfield, president of the Black Methodists for Church Renewal (left), the Rev. Theon Johnson, associate pastor of Glide United Methodist Church (center), and the Rev. Anthony Jenkins, Western Jurisdiction BMCR chair, dance during the closing Gospel brunch at the BMCR 51st general meeting, March 17 in Sacramento, California. Photo by Mai Yang.

BMCR looks to the future

More than 225 members of Black Methodists for Church Renewal gather to look at future possibilities. Read More

A view of the Berlin Wall on the former east side at the Berlin Wall Memorial Bernauer Strasse. The United Methodist Board of Church and Society met in Berlin March 15-18. Photo by the Rev. Klaus U. Ruof.

Church and Society considers migration, justice

The United Methodist Board of Church and Society considers global migration, Social Principles revision and more at spring meeting in Berlin. Read More

Bishop Scott Jones speaks at Dallas meeting with leaders of church-related institutions to discuss the denomination's future. Photo by Maidstone Mulenga, Council of Bishops.

Looking at Way Forward’s institutional impact

Bishops heard from institutions that could see their ministries harmed if the church splits. Institutional leaders said they left feeling more hopeful about the church’s future. Read More

Members of the Southern Nigeria Conference pray during the 2018 Christian Revival Gathering held March 14-18 in Jalingo, Nigeria. More than 12,000 members attended, including a group who had left the conference five years ago. Photo by Ande I. Emmanuel, UMNS.

Revival in Nigeria brings back breakaway members

Members who left five years ago after the election of Bishop John Wesley Yohanna return to Southern Nigeria Conference, United Methodist connection. Read More

Evelyn Hall (1890), an outstanding example of Queen Anne architecture, is among the public buildings at Bay View, a United Methodist-affiliated summer community in northern Michigan.  Bay View is embroiled in a lawsuit overs its requirement that only practicing Christians can own a cottage there. Photo courtesy Bay View Chautauqua Inclusiveness Group.

‘Christians only’ cottage ownership challenged

United Methodists among those backing suit to lift restriction on who can own at Bay View, a United Methodist-affiliated summer community in northern Michigan. Read More

Parishioners sing during worship at the United Methodist Church of the Redeemer in Munich, Germany. From left are Jula Carlsen and Daniel  and Carina Kuß. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Vitality takes many forms in German churches

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

Bishop Kenneth H. Carter Jr. in a 2012 file photo. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Commentary: Thoughts, prayers and advocacy

Florida Area Bishop Kenneth H. Carter Jr. writes about the church bearing witness to life in the midst of death by moving beyond thoughts and prayers to advocacy. Read More

An anchor stands atop a wrecked boat after Hurricane Irma demolished St. Martin. Upper Room Ministries sponsored a devotional-writing workshop on the island during a three-day retreat to help participants express their trauma after the September 2017 disaster. Photo courtesy of Upper Room Ministries.

Writing helps Irma survivors confront trauma

Upper Room Ministries hosted a workshop in Irma-affected St. Martin to help ‘Find God’s Peace’ after storm. Read More

Benton R. Heisler and Beverly Wilkes-Null, members of the North Central Jurisdiction Committee on Appeals, heard arguments on March 9 from the West Ohio Conference appealing a decision by the West Ohio Committee on Investigation to drop two of three charges against the Rev. David Meredith that stemmed from his 2016 marriage to another man.

Gay pastor’s case heads back to West Ohio committee

The North Central Jurisdiction Committee on Appeals found the West Ohio Committee on Investigations made errors of church law in dismissing some charges against the Rev. David Meredith. Read More

The  Rev. Ndapi Saffa, pastor at Rogers Memorial United Methodist Church in Bo, southern Sierra Leone,  stands by a broken window at his home after a wave of violent post-election attacks on the community. Saffa, his wife and two children were under siege until a rescue team arrived to ward off the attackers. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

Pastor caught up in political violence

A United Methodist pastor and his family were “under siege for five hours” in community attack as Sierra Leone’s two leading political parties continue to clash. Read More

Muzinga Bahati, chairperson of United Methodist Women for the Nyunzu district, donates soap, lotion and blankets to pygmies in the Tanganyika province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo by Betty Kazadi Musau, UMNS.

Church promotes peace, unity in DRC

United Methodist Women initiates dialogue between indigenous pygmies, Bantus in Tanganyika Conference and holds vocational training to empower both groups. Read More

David Ivey mucks out the second floor of a damaged home in Hatillo, Puerto Rico, a town known for having as many cows as people. Photo by Matt Brodie.

United Methodists help Puerto Rico rise

A South Carolina mission team helped the storm-battered island begin recovery through UMCOR, Home Depot and the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico partnership. Read More

Attendance has almost tripled at Danga United Methodist Church in Calumpit, Bulacan, Philippines, due to an outreach program called Banyuhay. Many of the program’s participants and their families and neighbors have joined the church. Photo courtesy of The Rev. Mienie N. Tolentino.

Filipino church grows amid war on drugs

Danga United Methodist Church hosts reformation program for drug traffickers and addicts, then welcomes participants and their families into ministry. Read More

The Rev. Lloyd T. Nyarota, UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

Commentary: Mission of the church as our Way Forward

Mission should be the driving force as the church moves toward the special called 2019 General Conference. Read More

A man and a youth killed in separate package explosions in Austin, Texas, both had family connections to the city’s Wesley United Methodist Church. Neither victim attended Wesley, said the pastor of the historic African-American church. Photo by Larry D. Moore, CC BY-SA 3.0

Bombing victims had family ties to church

Pastor of Austin’s historic Wesley United Methodist sees no reason to think church was target. Read More

United Methodists to join DC rally on racism

Mass gathering on National Mall and other April 3-5 events signal a new campaign to end racism in the U.S. Read More

As a student intern at the Frontera Wesley in Tucson, Arizona, Mendoza is bringing her insight as an immigrant to a Lenten devotion, “40 Days in the Desert: Resisting Temptation in the Borderlands.”

Arizona DACA student writes Lenten devotion

Ana Mendoza is bringing her insight as an immigrant to a Lenten devotion for Frontera Wesley in Tucson. Read More

Courtesy photo of The Rev. Cathy Hall Stengel.

#MeToo and The United Methodist Church

As other professions grapple with realities of sexual harassment and misconduct, a clergywoman explains how these problems have affected The United Methodist Church. Read More

Participants in an immersion experience hosted by the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference visit the Washita Massacre site in Cheyenne, Okla., where Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer led an 1868 attack against a Cheyenne encampment, killing 30 to 60 people. Photo by Ginny Underwood.

Immersed in Native culture, history

Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference immersion experience helps United Methodists live out Act of Repentance. Read More

Delegates read the bishops' statement about sexuality and the church on May 18, 2016, at the United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. Photo by Maile Bradfield, UMNS.

Delegates’ early thoughts on Way Forward

Bishops have focused on two possibilities for how the church ministers with LGBTQ individuals, with a traditionalist plan waiting in the wings. Delegates share views on proposals so far. Read More

Clergy line up outside St. Peter's United Methodist Church in Gitega, Burundi, for a special Burundi Annual Conference session to celebrate unity within the church. Photo by Tafadzwa Mudambanuki, UMNS.

United Methodists celebrate unity in Burundi

Special annual conference session brings long-divided factions in the country together as they vow to move forward as one church. Read More

A sign at the entrance to the city of Danlí, Honduras, offers an invitation to visit the Central United Methodist Church. The Rev. Jose Roberto Peña, the church's pastor, said,

Church in Honduras has planted four other churches

In a country with only 21 United Methodist churches, one congregation in Danlí can lay claim to starting almost a quarter of them. Read More

The Rev. Katy Thomas (rear) presides over a

Ministering to 3 churches brings challenges, joys

A British Methodist minister tends to three very different congregations in Cheshire, including one at a chapel owned by the National Trust. Read More

The Rev. David Meredith, pastor of Clifton United Methodist Church, Cincinnati, Ohio, speaks to supporters after the North Central Jurisdiction Committee on Appeals hearing on the West Ohio Conference appeal of a decision by the West Ohio Committee on Investigation concerning charges against him.

Appeals committee to rule on charges against gay elder

An appeals committee has up to 20 days to decide if a conference committee erred in dropping two of three charges against a Cincinnati, Ohio, elder who married another man. Read More

Born blind with cataracts on both eyes, 8-year-old Morlai Bangura, who lives in the remote village of Barmoi in northern Sierra Leone, can now see. Thanks to successful eye operations at the Sierra Leone Conference’s Lowell and Ruth Gess United Methodist Eye Hospital, Morlai has started attending school in eastern Freetown. Photo courtesy of Dr. Moges Teshome, Lowell and Ruth Gess United Methodist Eye Hospital.

United Methodist hospital changes blind boy’s life

Thanks to Sierra Leone Conference’s Lowell and Ruth Gess Eye Hospital, 8-year-old receives successful cataract surgery and now has the opportunity to attend school. Read More

Women in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo, display their wares at an event to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, 2018. The United Methodist Church in the DRC said investing in women, especially those in rural areas, will be a priority in 2018. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UMNS.

Celebrating International Women’s Day

Church encourages investment in women at special International Women's Day events, including exhibitions featuring the wares of rural women. Read More

Evelyn Lot directs the Women Fellowship Choir during worship at Abuja Area 1 United Methodist Church in Abjua, Nigeria, March 4, 2018. The church is facing the threat of a federal government penalty for failing to meet construction deadlines due to a lack of funds to complete the structure. Photo by E Julu Swen, UMNS.

Nigerian church faces hefty fines for building delays

A lack of money has led to missed deadlines and fines imposed by the federal government, further challenging the completion of Abuja Area 1 United Methodist Church. Read More

Anna Golladay, seen here participating in the 2017 Women’s March, was fired for performing a same-sex wedding of two congregants. Golladay was a licensed local pastor serving at St. Marks and St. Elmo United Methodist churches in Chattanooga, Tenn. Photo courtesy of Reconciling Ministries Network.

Local pastor loses license for officiating at same-sex wedding

Anna Golladay was serving as associate pastor at St. Marks and St. Elmo United Methodist churches in Chattanooga, Tennessee, until her dismissal on Feb. 28. Read More

Bishop L. Bevel Jones III. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Bishop L. Bevel ‘Bev’ Jones III: 1926-2018

Born in a Methodist parsonage, he would become a denominational leader known for warmth, oratory, inclusion. Read More

Young people dance during peace training organized by the Kivu Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, with support from United Methodist Discipleship Ministries and local ecumenical groups. The goal of the training is to help young people find peaceful solutions to community conflicts and challenge them to support a culture of nonviolence. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UMNS.

Church offers peace training to young people in DRC

The goal of the program is to help young people seek peaceful solutions to local conflicts and challenge them to support a culture of nonviolence. Read More

The Rev. Homer Noley was a member of the Choctaw Nation and founder of the National United Methodist Native American Center. For nearly 40 years, Noley worked for the inclusion of Native Americans at all levels of the denomination. Pictured with Noley are Ragghi Rain (left) and Cynthia Kent. Photo by Ginny Underwood, UMNS

The Rev. Homer Noley, Native American trailblazer, dies at 85

Founder of the National United Methodist Native American Center, Noley worked for the inclusion of Native Americans at all levels of the denomination. Read More

A new health center in Joyah, Sierra Leone, will provide prenatal care, routine deliveries, immediate postnatal and neonatal care, vaccinations and other services. The center was built with support from The United Methodist Church in Norway. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

Attending to health needs in remote Sierra Leone

Community empowerment program, supported by United Methodists in Norway, provides nearly $40,000 for rural center, which includes a maternal and child health post. Read More

Sisters Gerda Liermann (left) and Elfriede Harders are among a group of United Methodist deaconesses living in a retirement center in Hamburg, Germany. Each of the sisters has her own room. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

German deaconesses reflect on lives of service

United Methodist deaconesses in Germany recall full, happy lives in service to God. Read More

Harriet Olson, top executive of United Methodist Women. File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Deaconesses, home missioners now an order

Deaconesses and home missioners are an active order of lay people called to love, justice and service in U.S., Philippines. Read More

Eurasian Area Bishop Eduard Khegay (left) was without his wallet at New York's LaGuardia Airport when he got unexpected assistance from the Rev. John Wimmer, a United Methodist clergyman who noticed Khegay's bishop's lapel pin. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Wimmer.

Hungry bishop gets help from stranger

Bishop Eduard Khegay’s anxious airport layover was eased by fellow United Methodist pastor. Read More

Bishop John K. Yambasu gives the sermon during morning worship at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. During his recent address at the Africa Extended Cabinet meeting in Accra, Ghana, the Sierra Leone Area bishop urged African United Methodists to “hold firmly to the truth of the Gospel.” File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Yambasu urges biblical faithfulness in sexuality debate

President of Africa College of Bishops expresses hope for a “revived and transformed United Methodist Church … built on the strong foundations of biblical authenticity.” Read More

Multiple winter storms with large amounts of snow, high winds and subzero-Fahrenheit temperatures have buried communities around the Blackfeet United Methodist Parish and Blackfeet Nation in northwestern Montana. Photo courtesy of Whitefish United Methodist Church.

Churches help in Montana snow emergency

The Blackfeet United Methodist Parish, Yellowstone Conference and UMCOR collaborating with Blackfeet Nation, which is buried under record snowstorms. Read More

Judi Kenaston makes a presentation during a meeting of the United Methodist Standing Committee on Central Conference Matters in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. Kenaston, a Connectional Table member from the West Virginia Conference, has been leading that group’s discussion about what a possible new U.S. church structure might look like. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Building support for U.S. structure

Church leaders discuss what they see as a growing need for a decision-making body that deals exclusively with U.S. issues, but there is no formal proposal. Read More

Phoenix Area Bishop Robert Hoshibata leads singing during closing worship of the Feb. 25-28 meeting of the Council of Bishops in Dallas. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS.

Bishops see progress in unity effort, focus on 2 plans

Dallas meeting showed “leanings” but no favorite model for how to avoid denominational schism over homosexuality, leaders say. Read More

Bishop Mande Muyombo (right) prays at Canaan United Methodist Church in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, where members of the Standing Committee on Central Conference Matters worshipped during their meeting. One issue before the group is where to place five new bishops in Africa. Mande, who serves in Democratic Republic of Congo and is the denomination’s most recently elected bishop, is joined by (from left) Bishops Harald Rückert, Gregory Palmer and Patrick Streiff. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Looking at where to put new African bishops

Denominational leaders outlined the criteria they are using in determining where to recommend new episcopal areas in Africa. Read More

Ofelia A. Cantor, a laywoman from Village United Methodist Church, holds a sign asking for peace talks to resume at the Walk for Life rally Feb. 24 in Manila, Philippines. United Methodists joined the ecumenical gathering to protest Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. Photo courtesy of Jsr Grafix.

United Methodists join Walk for Life in Philippines

The ecumenical gathering was held to oppose drug-war killings and a resurgence of dictatorship in the Philippines. Read More

Work is nearing completion on the Sebring, Fla., home of Nirmala Narayan. Hers was the first case opened by the Florida Conference’s case managers in Central Florida. Photo by Gustavo Vasquez, UMNS.

United Methodist Irma recovery work continues

“After the news forgets about what’s happening, there’s still need,” said one Florida pastor. Read More

Parishioners pray during worship at Canaan United Methodist Church in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. Church leaders have been working to determine which parts of The United Methodist Church’s policy book must apply throughout the multinational denomination and what parts can be adapted for use in Africa, Europe and Asia. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Progress in making a global Discipline

Denominational leaders are working to determine what in the Book of Discipline really should apply throughout the multinational denomination. Read More

Mai-Mai rebels looted two United Methodist health centers in the Kibombo and Kasongo districts in Samba, Democratic Republic of Congo, in January. Nurses at the centers said the rebels took 26 mattresses, eight batteries, four converters and four microscopes. Photo by Judith Osongo Yanga, UMNS.

United Methodist health centers looted by Mai-Mai rebels

A nurse at a United Methodist health center was kidnapped and then released by Mai-Mai rebels who looted two church health centers. Read More

Council of Bishops President Bruce R. Ough calls for colleagues to be open to changing their minds under the influence of the Holy Spirit. Ough preached during the Feb. 25 opening worship service of a council meeting that goes through Feb. 28, in Dallas. The bishops are refining models that the Commission on a Way Forward has offered to avoid denominational schism over homosexuality. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS.

Time running short as bishops gather in Dallas

Ough asks colleagues to be willing to move from settled positions about plans for maintaining United Methodist unity. Read More

Drs. Robert Prince (left), Larry Lundy (center) and Claude Williams share a pew at Hamilton Park United Methodist Church in Dallas, where they are part of a weekly Bible study for seniors. All three were groundbreaking black doctors in Dallas — Prince in obstetrics, Lundy in podiatry and Williams in orthodontics. Photo by Wil Murphy, for North Texas Conference.

Black United Methodist doctors broke barriers

A Dallas church is weekly gathering place for three friends who made their mark in medicine. Read More

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

Microfinance project enriches women’s lives in Congo

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

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

United Methodists support teens lobbying Florida lawmakers

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

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

Missionaries briefly detained in Philippines

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

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

Irma survivors grateful for church’s help

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

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

Church gives doctors in DRC technology tools

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

Courtesy photo of the Rev. Ted A. Campbell.

Commentary: Church separation calmly considered

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

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

Graham influenced many United Methodists

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