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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pastor: ‘God wanted me to go through tribulations’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(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

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

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

The Rev. Henry Samuel of Vine Memorial Baptist Church, an affiliate member of the Council of Churches in Sierra Leone, prays with and consoles a group of women who lost 17 members of their family during the Aug. 14 flood and landslide in in Freetown. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

Church providing emergency health services after mudslide

The United Methodist Church is providing emergency health services for survivors of the flood and mudslide that has killed nearly 500 people. Read More

The Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe, top executive of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society, leads a a discussion at the National Immigration Gathering on ways churches can offer sanctuary to those facing deportation.  The event was held March 12-14, in Washington, and Church and Society was a co-sponsor. The agency has worked to broaden the definition of sanctuary. Photo courtesy Board of Church and Society.

Sanctuary as more than shelter

United Methodist advocates say there are many ways to help those at risk of deportation. Read More

Children and families clap in celebration as Bishop John K. Yambasu (far right in light blue shirt) pumps the first water from a new well during a dedication ceremony in Manjama in the Bo District of Sierra Leone. A Global Health agency initiative provided each community a four-seat toilet and a hand-dug well for United Methodist primary schools in Manjama and Fulawahun. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

Safe water for 2 more Sierra Leone villages

Two Sierra Leone villages plagued by disease get water, sanitation help from the United Methodist Global Health Initiative. Read More

Death toll more than 200 in Congo landslide

The East Congo bishop has called on the entire community to help after a landslide in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo left more than 200 dead. Read More

Mika Sam, 15, studies a display of Native American leaders inside the Museum of the Cherokee Indian in Cherokee, N.C.  A member of the Choctaw tribe, he attends Great Spirit United Methodist Church in Bogue Chitto, Miss. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Native Americans share stories, songs at conference

Gathering included a ‘Cherokee Immersion,’ with visits to a Native American museum and village in Cherokee, North Carolina. Read More

A view of Sugar Loaf Mountain in Regent area of Freetown, Sierra Leone, shows the breadth of the area that was devastated by flooding on Aug. 14. Torrential rains led a mudslide that resulted in the death of nearly 400 people with figures expected to rise as recovery efforts continue. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

Hundreds dead, missing in Sierra Leone mudslides, flooding

The numbers of dead and missing after torrential rains led to deadly mudslides is expected to rise as recovery efforts continue. Read More

Bishop Minerva Carcaño and Bishop Mande Muyombo offer communion during opening worship at the 46th MARCHA Assembly in Dallas. MARCHA, the denomination’s Hispanic/Latino caucus, met at a Dallas hotel but held worship services in Perkins Chapel, at Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS.

Prophetic speaking a given at MARCHA

The church’s Hispanic/Latino caucus discusses Trump effect and celebrates 25th anniversary of the National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministry. Read More

The Rev. Susan Ferguson (center) of Asbury United Methodist Church in Lafayette, La., prays with Trent Noel (right) and his son, Jay Barnes, who are gutting flood-damaged drywall at the home of Noel's mother in Lafayette, La., in August 2016. As the one-year anniversary of the flood approaches, United Methodists in Louisiana are looking for more volunteer teams to continue the recovery work. File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Louisiana needs flood-recovery volunteers

A year after Louisiana's “1,000-year rain,” United Methodists are helping residents with home repairs and other support services. Read More

United Methodist-related Hatfield Archer Memorial Hospital in Rotifunk, Sierra Leone, was closed for years because of the civil war there but has recently started offering some needed surgical procedures for men. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

Sierra Leone hospital brings needed relief

Twenty-two years after the country’s civil war, Hatfield Archer Hospital has started long-needed surgeries for men. Read More

The Rev. Kirk VanGilder, a Deaf United Methodist elder, communicates in sign language during the Aug. 1, 2017, opening worship service at the Global Methodist Missions Conference of the Deaf in Waxahachie, Texas. Photo by Sam Hodges, United Methodist Communications.

Deaf ministry moves toward empowerment

Global Methodist Missions Conference of the Deaf offers makes history with certified lay servant course. Read More

Retired United Methodist Bishop Joel Martinez speaks during a rally at the Texas State Capitol protesting a proposed bill that would keep transgender Texans from using bathrooms that align with their gender identity. About 200 United Methodists were among the 500 people at the event. Photo by Susan Risdon.

Rallying against Texas ‘bathroom bill’

About 200 United Methodists are among 500 at interfaith advocacy event in Austin, Texas, encouraging a vote against bill affecting transgender people. Read More

The Rev. Joseph Theoway (front) describes his vision for the restoration of the Liberian Annual Conference’s agricultural center in White Plains, which was destroyed during the country's civil war. Theoway is flanked by caretakers who are maintaining what is left of the facility.

‘Agriculture is life’ for Liberian United Methodists

The United Methodist Rural and Agricultural Development Program aims to feed fellow Liberians and teach them to feed themselves. Read More

Bishop Samuel J. Quire Jr. says he wants The United Methodist Church in Liberia to be more self-sufficient, and he believes rural development is a way to make that happen. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Liberian bishop seeks to go ‘back to the soil’

Bishop Samuel Quire Jr. believes the path to sustainability for the Liberian church is in rural development. Read More

United Methodist Bishop Ciriaco Francisco speaks at a demonstration on the day of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s State of the Nation address on July 24 in Manila. Both Francisco and retired Bishop Solito K. Toquero denounced the extension of martial law in Mindanao. Photo by Sonny G. Dela Pena.

United Methodists decry Mindanao martial law

United Methodists condemned the extension of martial law in Mindanao, joining in demonstrations and other protests. Read More

The Rev. Canon James George of the Anglican Church walks away with a new bicycle, a gift to his church after a three-day Bikes and Bibles training session in Bo, Sierra Leone. The program aims to support clergy engaged in rural evangelism by providing them with bicycles, motorcycles and Bibles to work in areas that are difficult to reach. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

Bikes boost church growth in Sierra Leone

Churches have been planted and attendance is up in areas where pastors received motorbikes and bicycles from the Bikes & Bibles program. Read More

The wining soccer team from the Domboramwari Circuit pose with their trophy during a sports gala held at Selborne Routledge Primary School in Harare. The two United Methodist conferences in Zimbabwe competed in a sports event aimed at promoting exercise for health. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UMNS.

Conferences promote sports for health

The two United Methodist conferences in Zimbabwe competed in a sports event aimed at promoting exercise for health. Read More

Mercy Chikhosi (in black shirt) regularly visits with the women of Nkhafi village in Malawi. She has an easy rapport with members of the village. “I developed a strong bond and a relationship so I continue visiting, influencing and motivating them to identify their needs and find solutions with local resources,” Chikhosi said. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Small business loans empower Malawi women

Through small business loans, Mercy Chikhosi believes in empowering women to support their families and communities. Read More

Inmates at Kentucky Prison in Harare, Zimbabwe, pose with their graduation certificates from a yearlong nutritional gardening course. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe.

Inmates learn to grow food

Seventeen inmates from a prison in Harare, Zimbabwe, graduated from a one-year horticultural course offered with United Methodist help. Read More

United Methodist Communications special projects manager April Mercado (right) leads a ham radio class during a crisis simulation in Cebu, Philippines. The Disasters and Emergency Preparedness Program was held to strengthen communication during times of crisis. Photo by Mildred Arce, UMNS.

Ham radio classes help prepare for disaster in the Philippines

Workshop focuses on utilizing offline communication tools to strengthen emergency response during times of crisis in the country. Read More

Eye surgery is performed on a patient at Gwandum Clinc in Nigeria. The mobile clinic and rural health care program of The United Methodist Church in Nigeria are saving lives in remote areas that aren’t reached by government health programs. Photo by the Rev. Ande I. Emmanuel, UMNS.

Church in Nigeria leads in rural health care

Church health care programs reach rural areas that get no government health services. Read More

Jefferson B. Knight (right) discusses possible sites for a new water well with residents of Robert's Town Village near Marshall City, Liberia. Knight, director of the Peace With Justice Program for the United Methodist Liberia Conference, knows firsthand that climate change presents real challenges for Liberia. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Responding to global climate issues

United Methodists in Africa and elsewhere point to Paris climate accord as they begin to address the destructive changes in their own countries. Read More

Nigerian Bishop John Wesley Yohanna said the country is likely to get one of the five bishops The United Methodist Church plans to add in Africa after 2020. Yohanna spoke to the issue at the inauguration service for Nigeria’s new North East Conference. Photo by the Rev. Ande I. Emmanuel, UMNS.

Second Nigerian episcopal area crucial

Nigerian bishop says country needs additional bishop, likely to get one after 2020. Read More

Jörg Niederer stands on the balcony at his home in Frauenfeld, Switzerland, holding a tablet that shows the route he will take on his pilgrimage across Europe to John Wesley’s gravesite in London, England. Photo courtesy of Jörg Niederer.

Spiritual pilgrimage to Wesley’s grave

Walking journey will take United Methodist pastor from his Swiss home through at least four European countries before arriving in London. Read More

One group of United Methodists participating in the People's Climate March in 2014 gather on the steps of the United Methodist Church of Saint Paul and Saint Andrew in Manhattan before heading south to join the interfaith gathering on 58th Street. Estimates of the number of participants ranged between 300,000 to 400,000. File photo by Linda Bloom, UMNS

Climate accord pullout dismays church leaders

Bishops call on President Trump to rejoin the efforts of nearly 200 countries to reduce carbon emissions. Read More

Professor Johnson N. Gwaikolo, center, president of United Methodist University in Monrovia, Liberia, sits in his office with Dr. Mator M. F. Kpangbai, left, and the Rev. George Weagba. Gwaikolo said the university is grateful for a grant from the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries that will allow its College of Health Sciences to be moved from Ganta United Methodist Hospital to a new location with classrooms, laboratories and a generator house. Photo by Julu Swen, UMNS.

University gets grant to move College of Health Sciences

The College of Health Sciences of the United Methodist University is being moved from Ganta United Methodist Hospital. Read More

Edward Lahai Massaquoi from Liberia shares his joy about having the support of a United Methodist Radio Network for the United Methodist radio station in Liberia during a live interview at Radio La Voix De l’esperance in Abidjan, Côte D’Ivoire. Lydie Acquah, coordinator for the network, listens to Massaquoi. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

United Methodist Radio Network takes shape

Representatives from eight countries met in Côte d’Ivoire to plan next steps for growing church radio. Read More

Chubb Chapel United Methodist Church was founded in 1870 by the Chubb family and other black residents of Chubbtown, Georgia. Before and during the Civil War, the Chubbs were free blacks, something rare in the rural South at that time. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS.

Little church looms large in black history

Chubb Chapel United Methodist’s remarkable story gains attention thanks to Nick Chubb, college football star. Read More

Bishop Minerva Carcaño speaks to the Council of Bishops on May 4 in Dallas, urging support for immigration initiatives. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS

Bishops back special Sunday for migration crisis

At Dallas meeting, bishops also received an update on United Methodist-Episcopal Church dialogue. Read More

Harare Metropolitan Province assistant commissioner Elizabeth Banda Karinda, left, accepts donations from Zivorinashe Mujaji and Tarisai Mufambi of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society for the Harare East District. The United Methodist Church of Zimbabwe donated more than $1,300 worth of food to female inmates at Chikurubi Prison. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UMNS.

Church in Zimbabwe donates food for female prisoners

In addition to helping with the food shortage at Chikurubi Prison, church members plan to start a horticultural training program for inmates. Read More

The head teacher of McBride Literacy School in Jalingo, Nigeria, ThankGod Heman, teaches a Hausa language class for beginners; the other main class is a three-year advanced English course. The goal of the school, which is operated through the church, is to improve the education level of people who can neither read nor write so they can speak, write, read and understand the Bible. Photo by Sharon Adamu Bambuka, UMNS.

Church emphasizes literacy training

Church-operated school in Nigeria helps adults learn both native Hausa language and English. Read More

Plenty of United Methodists of varied theological perspectives claim the name evangelical. Photo illustration by Mike DuBose, UMNS

What does it mean to be evangelical?

Plenty of United Methodists of varied theological perspectives claim the name evangelical. Just don’t call them fundamentalists. Here is why. Read More

The San Antonio, Texas brothel run by Mary “Madam” Volino would in 1895 become a rescue ministry for young women in prostitution. The change came after Volino’s dramatic conversion. The Methodist-supported ministry would soon shift its focus, arranging adoptions of babies born there to young women pregnant out of wedlock. This undated photo shows the infant room. Photo courtesy of Providence Place.

From brothel madam to Methodist mission founder

United Methodist's research sheds light on Mary `Madam' Volino, whose conversion yielded a Texas ministry now in its 122nd year. Read More

United Methodist Bishop Karen Oliveto says goodbye Aug. 14 at Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco, after eight years as pastor. She was elected bishop by the Western Jurisdiction in July. Oliveto is the first openly gay pastor elected to the United Methodist episcopacy and her standing could be affected by a case before the denomination’s Judicial Council. Photo by Alain McLaughlin Photography Inc.

Church braces for ruling on gay bishop

Some say fragile unity will be tested, regardless of the ruling in the case that could affect United Methodist Bishop Karen Oliveto. Read More

The Rev. Kristin Sundt, front, in traditional Norweigan clothing, leads members of the congregation from Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, known as Mindekirken, in a parade celebrating Norwegian Constitution Day. The church marks the day each year on the weekend closest to May 17. Photo courtesy of Kristin Sundt.

Norwegian United Methodist pastor leads Lutheran church

Appointment of Norwegian United Methodist pastor to Lutheran church highlights value of ecumenism. Read More

The Rev. Portia Kanoyangwa was the first to receive treatment during a medical outreach program conducted by The United Methodist Church in the Chitungwiza and Marondera rural districts of Zimbabwe. A total of 355 patients with various ailments benefited from the free program. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UMNS.

Hundreds benefit from medical outreach

Free medical outreach program conducted by The United Methodist Church in rural Zimbabwe also encouraged patients to seek treatment sooner. Read More

Nigeria Area Bishop John Wesley Yohanna speaks at a roundtable discussion in Lagos, Nigeria, in March. Organized by the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, the three-day roundtable focused on the future of The United Methodist Church in Nigeria. Photo by the Rev. Ande I. Emmanuel, UMNS.

United Methodists in Nigeria focus on future

Roundtable meeting gives The United Methodist Church in Nigeria the opportunity to develop a strategic plan for the next six years when the church will celebrate it centenary. Read More

Hispanic youth from Dallas area United Methodist churches and Dallas’ Wesley-Rankin Community Center took a civil rights history tour of the South March 11-15. The group is seen here at the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta. Photo by Martha Valencia.

Civil rights tour ‘impactful’ for Hispanic youth

United Methodist Church’s National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministry underwrites trip across South Read More

Family Fosters 100 Children: Ralph and Sue Hillman

Sue Hillman felt a call to help those in need. View

United Methodist Bishop John K. Yambasu, surrounded by his cabinet, reads from his episcopal speech March 8-12 in Makeni, Sierra Leone. In his speech, Yambasu delivered a “wake-up call” to the Sierra Leone Annual Conference about the possibility of a global church split in 2020. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

Sierra Leone bishop: Overseas support at risk

Sierra Leone’s United Methodist bishop warns the church needs to reduce its reliance on overseas funds in case the denomination splits over homosexuality. Read More

Filipino United Methodists are expressing opposition to the proposed return of the death penalty, which was abolished in 2006. Nathaniell Capinpin, a student who took part in the dialogue, said the bill excluded crimes such as rape but allowed for drug-related crimes. Photo by Gladys Mangiduyos, UMNS.

Opposing death penalty in the Philippines

United Methodist bishops and a youth organization have spoken out against legalizing the death penalty in the Philippines. Read More

Earth Day Every Day At Church

United Methodists set an example as good stewards of the planet. View

Bikers exercise while generating electricity at the green gym at Cass Community Social Services, part of Cass Community United Methodist Church in downtown Detroit. UMNS photos by Jess Warnock. Accompanies UMNS story #023. 1/10/12.; A UMNS photo by Jess Warnock

UMTV: Green Gym At Church

A United Methodist pastor is leading a revolution - a green revolution. Donated exercise equipment and discarded tires provide jobs and power. View

The Rev. Liliana Padilla decided a Taco Service at San Pablo United Methodist Church, in Pearsall, Texas, would reach new people. Padilla, pastor of the historic Hispanic church, cooks the tacos herself.

Pastor does the cooking for Taco Service

The Rev. Liliana Padilla draws new people to historic Hispanic church for free breakfast and Bible study. Read More

United Methodist clergywomen, left to right, the Revs. Nelly Wright, Clarrisa Robertson, Anna Kpaan and Anna Tarr-Sayeh, attended the Liberia Annual Conference in Ganta, Liberia, in March. In his episcopal address, Bishop Samuel J. Quire Jr., called on all United Methodists in Liberia to be an example of inclusiveness in the execution of its programs and other activities that will include women. Photo by Julu Swen, UMNS.

Liberian bishop calls for women’s inclusion

In an episcopal message for International Women’s Month, Bishop Samuel Quire Jr. encouraged congregations to show women ‘they are partners in everything we do.’ Read More

Bishop Patrick Streiff gives his episcopal address to the 2017 Central Conference of Central and Southern Europe, held March 8-12 in Zurich. Streiff emphasized the why and how of evangelism, as elaborated by Methodism founder John Wesley. Photo by Üllas Tankler, Global Ministries.

Bishop stresses evangelism at European gathering

Bishop Patrick Streiff invokes John Wesley in address touching on various subjects. Read More

Doris Cooper, third from left, and Joyce Robins-Brown, second from left, joined thousands of other protesters, including United Methodists, who marched to oppose President Donald Trump’s executive order allowing construction on the Dakotas Access pipeline to resume. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, based in North Dakota, organized the Native Nations March.  Photo by Erik Alsgaard, UMNS.

United Methodists join protest against pipeline

United Methodists among thousands in D.C. marching against resumption of construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline. Read More

Robin Pippin of Discipleship Ministries, left, and Bishop John K. Yambasu of the Sierra Leone Episcopal Area sign an agreement creating a new publishing team in Sierra Leone. The 12-member team’s first project will be the creation of a quarterly newsletter for sharing information about the church with members. Photo by Julu Swen, UMNS

New publishing team begins work in Sierra Leone

Discipleship Ministries and the Sierra Leone church have teamed up to make United Methodist resources available locally. Read More

Members of the Commission on a Way Forward worshipped with staff of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries at their Ash Wednesday service, March 1, at Grace United Methodist Church in Atlanta. Photo by Diane Degnan, United Methodist Communications.

Way Forward group looking to get feedback

Commission members have a broad desire for the church to stay in connection and expect that connection to look very different in the near future. Read More

Youth in the village of Kalima in the Democratic Republic of Congo carried Bishop Gabriel Unda's picture when they came to welcome him to the new Kalima United Methodist Church. The church is the denomination’s first congregation in the area since Methodism arrived in East Congo in 1922. Photo by Judith Yanga, UMNS.

New church blazes trail to boost attendance

United Methodists in Kalima couldn’t get to their new church in the rainy season. So they built a road. Read More

Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors and the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition work together to host legal clinics for immigrants, like this one at Hillcrest United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn., in 2012. The United Methodist Church and many other religious groups are supporting a bill called the BRIDGE Act. It would extend protection from deportation for young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children. File photo by Jan Snider, UMNS.

As deportations expand, ‘Dreamers’ have hope

United Methodists among those supporting bipartisan legislation to protect young people brought into U.S. illegally as children Read More

Johannes Baun (from left), Rose Saffa and Mohamed Nabieu, who were helped at the Child Rescue Center, are giving back the help they received by working at the center. The rescue center was founded to care for children impoverished by the 1991-2002 Sierra Leone civil war. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

Rescuing children in Sierra Leone

Adults rescued as children are now caring for orphaned and abandoned children at a United Methodist center in Sierra Leone. Read More

St. Paul United Methodist Church in Dallas recently went on the National Register of Historic Places. The Collegiate Gothic Revival sanctuary was built from 1913 to 1927, as funds were available. St. Paul is the only predominantly African-American church left in a part of downtown Dallas that was a center of black life during segregation. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS.

Historic black church determined to look forward

Dallas’ St. Paul United Methodist, under the Rev. Richie Butler, seeks growth, influence even as it goes on National Register of Historic Places. Read More

Humberto Barralaga, second from right, was arrested by officials with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Feb. 7. Barralaga, a member of the lay leadership at the House of Prayer United Methodist Church in Dodge City, Kansas, is shown with his family. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Raciel Quintana.

Immigration officials detain United Methodist leader

Humberto Barralaga is one of more than 600 people arrested in federal immigration raids. He and others are seeing their families divided. Read More

A woman holds a baby while seated among refugees at the United Methodist Church ATC/Nukkai in Jalingo, Nigeria. United Methodist churches in Nigeria are serving as refugee camps for people displaced after attacks on villages in Lau, a local government area in Taraba State in Northern Nigeria. Photo by the Rev. Ande I. Emmanuel, UMNS.

United Methodist churches welcome refugees in Nigeria

Village attacks leave 15 people dead and more than 7,000 displaced, many of whom are United Methodists. Read More

Philippines church holds sexuality forum

A recent forum on sexuality at a local United Methodist Church was an effort to support denomination-wide conversations on LGBTQ people. Read More

Ophthalmologists Jessica Shantha (from left), Moges Teshome and Steven Yeh pose with Umaru Sesay, 12, from Moyamba Junction, Sierra Leone. Sesay, who had cataracts as a result of contracting Ebola, had a successful operation that allowed him return to school. A partnership between Emory University and the Christian Blind Mission provides free cataract surgery to Ebola survivors at the Ruth and Lowell Gess Eye Hospital in eastern Freetown. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

Free surgery for Ebola survivors

A partnership between United Methodist-related Emory University and others is improving the eyesight of Ebola survivors in Sierra Leone. Read More

The Rev. Dr. Liberato C. Bautista, head of the U.N. and International Affairs office of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society, and Bishop Christian Alsted, episcopal leader for Northern Europe (third and fourth from left), walk in procession inside the National Cathedral in Trondheim. A service held in the Cathedral was part of the 100-year celebration of the first Sami Congress. Photo by Karl Anders Ellingsen.

Indigenous people celebrated in Trondheim, Norway

One hundred years after the first Sami Congress, United Methodists and others gather to celebrate the church host and the Sami people. Read More

Pastor Ricardo Rivero and his wife Ana Maria Torres, along with their son Ricardo David, are starting a Methodist Mission in Placetas, Cuba. Rivero, a former mason, has been making repairs to the home, which will also serve as a worship space.

For Methodists in Cuba, ‘These are good times’

Hard work and good relations — with fellow Cubans, United Methodists and others — help shape today’s church. Read More

Friends play dominoes at a table pulled into the street in Havana. “Life here is very sociable,” says Rigoberto Figueroa, — a member of Marianao Methodist Church and vice rector of the Havana seminary. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Solidarity and service in Cuba

In Havana neighborhoods, people seem to know everyone and hear everything. “The thing about Cuba is we have learned to help one another – solidarity. Life here is very sociable.” Read More

Two residents of Mosul celebrate the partial liberation of their city from control by the Islamic State group by taking a selfie in front of festooned army vehicles. Although a portion of the city has been liberated from ISIS, fierce fighting is predicted as the army moves to retake the remainder of the city. Photo © Paul Jeffrey.

In the wake of ISIS

United Methodist missionary visits war-torn northern Iraq. Read More

The Rev. Alcibiades Negret is superintendent of the Mayabeque district of the Methodist Church in Cuba. He pastors a church in his home in San José de las Lajas. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Building a church growth strategy in Cuba

From cell group to mission to church, the goal of the Methodist Church in Cuba is to make each member an evangelist. Read More

Lourdes Vazquez left her job of 20 years and moved farther from friends and family to serve as a missionary with the Methodist Church in Cuba. She and her husband, Roberto Pozo, lead the Caraballo Mission, an outreach of San Antonio Methodist Church in San Antonio de Rio Blanco, Cuba. “Whatever he wants me to do, I say, ‘Lord, I’m here,’” she says. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

‘Lord, I’m here’

Lourdes Vazquez worked for 20 years in Cuba’s renowned health system but gave up her job, her home and proximity to her children and grandchildren to serve God. Read More

Senior division winners of the 10th National Bible Quiz in Manilla, Philippines, were Faith Eunice Rubante (left), Central Luzon Philippines Conference, third place; Angela Joy Balod, Northern Philippines Conference, second place; and Niomi Nicole Salitico, Bulacan Philippines Conference, first place. The Grand Finals were held at Central United Methodist Church on Jan. 21, 2017. Photo courtesy of Jeremiah and Melvin Nor Ramos.

Bible Quiz contestants conquer fear to inspire

After six months of competition, winners were declared in contest that increases scriptural knowledge for young people. Read More

Church supports release of Puerto Rican nationalist

United Methodists in the U.S. and Puerto Rican Methodists have long advocated for the release of Puerto Rican nationalist Oscar López-Rivera, recently pardoned by President Obama. Read More

The Rev. Leandro Cordero leads a song at A Place of Hope Methodist Church in Santa Clara, Cuba. He is accompanied on the keyboard by his wife, Yenisel Ramos. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Cuban worship: Music, prayer and passion

For Methodists in Cuba, praising God is about being supported by a community, not just about individual faith. Read More