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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bishop Christian Alsted (far left), Bishop John Yambasu (center back) and Bishop Rosemarie Wenner (far right) join trainees at the dedication of the new United Methodist Women’s Training Center in Bo, southern Sierra Leone. Photo by Phileas Jusus, UMNS.

New training center for women opens in Sierra Leone

The United Methodist Church in Germany provided funds to build the new United Methodist Women’s Training Center for disadvantaged women and girls. Read More

Yah Dorliea, a United Methodist University nursing student, listens intently during a ceremony consecrating the new nursing school in Ganta, Liberia. The school is part of the Winifred J. Harley College of Health Sciences. Photo by E Julu Swen, UMNS.

United Methodist University opens new nursing school campus

The school is the first College of Health Sciences department to relocate to Ganta, a move funded by Global Ministries’ Global Health unit. Read More

The sign at the United Methodist Building in Washington, where the Board of Church and Society’s offices are, was changed after the mass shooting at a Parkland, Fla., high school. Photo courtesy of United Methodist Board of Church and Society.

Pastors, churches respond to Florida massacre

As pastors and churches near a mass school shooting respond, one church leader says United Methodists must do more than pray about gun violence. Read More

Luella Krieger portrays Priscilla from the New Testament, often thought to have been the first female preacher or teacher in early church history. Krieger travels the U.S. as an evangelist doing first-person dramatizations of biblical heroines. Photo courtesy of Luella Krieger.

Evangelists aim to bring Bible to life

Evangelists who proclaim the good news for a living have found new ways to lead revival. Still, it’s a challenging career path. Read More

Orphans are being sheltered in a church orphanage in Kindu or with host families after rebel violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo displaced residents there. Seated (center, in blue shirt) is East Congo Area Bishop Gabriel Yemba Unda, along with his wife, Marie Claire Unda (to his right), who has been gathering the orphans for Bible study and meals twice a week.

United Methodists help displaced in DRC

United Methodists distribute aid to people displaced by violence in the East Congo Episcopal Area. Read More

A new water tank helps combat cholera by providing clean water at the Jerusalem United Methodist Church in the community of Kandundu, Zambia. Photo by John Chikuta, UMNS.

Zambia church helps with cholera prevention

A United Methodist church in Zambia has drilled a borehole and added a water tank to help slow the spread of cholera. Read More

Map courtesy of Wikimedia Creative Commons with type adaptation by United Methodist News Service.

Churches in Congo pray for peace, condemn attack on protestors

Local church leaders urge United Methodists to continue prayers for a peaceful election process as fears of violence keep many away from worship services. Read More

George Manneh Weah salutes during the playing of Liberia’s national anthem at his inauguration as the country’s 24th president at Samuel Doe stadium in Monrovia. Weah, a United Methodist and former soccer star, was elected by more than 61 percent of the vote. Photo by E Julu Swen, UMNS.

United Methodist sworn in as new president of Liberia

During induction ceremony, President George Manneh Weah vows to end government corruption. Read More

Anotida Kadiramwando writes her name on the computer at Murewa Day Care Centre in Zimbabwe. A program, sponsored by The United Methodist Church in collaboration with the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education in Zimbabwe, aims to have computer laboratories at all United Methodist-run schools in Zimbabwe by 2025. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UMNS.

Church in Zimbabwe introduces kids to computers

New program aims to have computer laboratories at all church-run schools by 2025. Read More

Bats began roosting in trees on the grounds of Ganta United Methodist Hospital in Liberia in November. Patrick Mantor, a hospital administrator, said the bats left “without any human action” and never entered the hospital, despite earlier reports. Photo by Julu Swen, UMNS.

Going a little batty at Ganta Hospital

But there were no bats in the belfrey or any area inside Ganta United Methodist Hospital in Liberia. Read More

Women of Office United Methodist Church in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, welcome visitors to the church which offers ministries to women affected by their country's 20 years of war. File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Conferences near goal for Congo rape survivors’ center

Three United Methodist conferences are collaborating with the East Congo Conference to build the Mama Lynn Center. Read More

The Rev. Kombi Ramazani Simon, of the Kivu Conference in the Democratic Republic of Congo, was among the United Methodists expressing regret over President Trump’s reported derogatory remarks about African countries and Haiti. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UMNS.

United Methodists join in Trump rebuke

President’s reported characterization of African countries prompts strong response from bishops, others. Read More

The Rev. W. T. Handy, preaching in the 1950s. He later was elected one of the early African-American bishops in The United Methodist Church’s South Central Jurisdiction, and he’s among three African-American episcopal leaders featured in an exhibit at Perkins School of Theology’s Bridwell Library. Photo courtesy Bridwell Library.

‘Black Archives Matter’ campaign catches on

Archivist at United Methodist Perkins School of Theology goes all out to collect, process, publicize African-American materials. Read More

Women and children gather water at a watering point in the Irambo District of Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo. A cholera epidemic was declared in the South Kivu Province in August and continues today. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UMNS

Congo churches react to cholera epidemic

United Methodists in the South Kivu Province help with prevention efforts, including distributing water purification tablets. Read More

Anny Butunga Mwindulwa distributes a mosquito net to new mother Aziza Rachel outside the Irambo Clinic maternity ward in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lononga, UMNS.

Church, Congolese government partner on maternal health

A new maternity facility will keep expectant mothers from having to walk up to 25 kilometers to the nearest hospital. Read More

Ecologically grown vegetables. Photo by Elina Mark, Wikimedia Commons.

Wesley’s diet, exercise tips promote health

Fatty, artery-clogging treats are out. High fiber, diabetic-friendly foods are in. Fad celebrity diet? No, just following in the footsteps of Methodism founder John Wesley. Read More

Women and children take sanctuary inside the Light and Life United Methodist Church in Tacloban City, Philippines, after Typhoon Urduja, also known as Kai-Tak, struck the area on Dec. 16. Three persons reportedly died and thousands of families were driven from their homes by floods and landslides. Photo courtesy of Iris Picardal-Terana and Ronnel Tuscano de Juan, Light and Life United Methodist Church.

Filipino church offers sanctuary during typhoon

Church members and six families took refuge in Light and Life United Methodist Church as thousands were driven from their homes by flooding and landslides. Read More

Students, teachers and other adults reach out their hands in prayer toward a new toilet facility during a dedication at LACOSHA Community Institute in the Pipeline Community, in Paynesville, Liberia. The dedication was part of activities marking World Toilet Day by the United Methodist Church in Liberia. Photo by Julu Swen, UMNS.

Church in Liberia donating school toilets

The United Methodist Church in Liberia is helping to keep students healthy by donating toilets to schools. Read More

While trying to straighten out the archives at First United Methodist Church in Alexandria, Louisiana, Reba Harrington and Mary Vizzier discovered a worn case holding the 1943 film “Christ Is Born.” The church made the film, collaborating with movie professionals from the Army Signal Corps stationed at nearby Camp Livingston. A restored version of the film will be shown at the church on Sunday, Dec. 17. Photo courtesy the Louisiana Conference.

New life for church’s 1943 Christmas film

Two women at First United Methodist in Alexandria, Louisiana, spark revival of movie the church made with the Army’s help. Read More

Bishop Rodolfo A. Juan (left), gives a set of pajama to an injured soldier during a two-day relief effort in June by Filipino United Methodists for wounded military and people displaced by violent conflicts in the Philippines. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Capt. Eduardo Copliting.

Church helped ease the pain in Filipino siege

Church assisted Filipinos caught in the battle between government forces and Islamic State militants on the island of Mindanao. Read More

Cindy Bishop, Wesley Nurse, leads a nutrition class in the community center of a colonia, east of Edinburg, Texas. Bishop is based at the First United Methodist Church in Edinburg, one of 88 church-based Wesley Nurses employed by Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas. The nurses focus on improving the health of the uninsured. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS.

Wesley Nurses offer care, prayer

Church program puts registered nurses in United Methodist churches across south Texas, with focus on helping the uninsured. Sam Hodges reports from Edinburg, Texas, for United Methodist News Service. Read More

United Methodists were among demonstrators who converged on the U.S. Capitol to advocate that Congress act to protect undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. Photo by Tricia Bruckbauer, Church and Society.

Protests for Dreamers lead to arrests

United Methodists joined with people across the country rallying for Congress to protect immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. Read More

Choir member Juliana Amoah prays during worship at Calvary United Methodist Church, a Ghanaian congregation in Hamburg, Germany. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Migrant churches provide piece of home

Immigrants want their own churches with familiar language and worship, but the second generation may not speak the language and likely identifies more with German society. Read More

The Rev. Chi My Nguyen (left) visits with parishioner Nguyen Trung Dung at his sushi restaurant in Frankfurt, Germany.  Nguyen is the only Vietnamese United Methodist pastor in Germany, serving a church of about 40 immigrants in Frankfurt. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Journey to pulpit began in peril

The only Vietnamese United Methodist pastor in Germany was a boat person who now leads a church of about 40 immigrants in Frankfurt. Read More

Grace Musuka, a United Methodist regional missionary in Zimbabwe, holds a lemongrass plant during a five-day organic farming training at Fambidzanai Permaculture Training Center in Harare. The objective of the workshop, hosted by the United Methodist Women of Zimbabwe, is to increase the use of chemical-free farming techniques in crop and animal production. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UMNS.

Zimbabwean women train in organic farming

With global demand for organic food on the rise, United Methodists are training Zimbabwean farmers to go without synthetic substances in crop and animal production. Read More

Darlene Marquez-Caramanzana, a United Methodist deaconess, speaks during the International Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Quezon City, Philippines. The National Council of Churches in the Philippines and the Association of Women in Theology sponsored the observance. Photo by Jonathan Sta. Rosa.

Deaconesses observe anti-violence against women day

United Methodist deaconesses in the Philippines took part in an ecumenical gathering calling for an end to violence against women. Read More

Wilmot Collins made big news recently as a Liberian refugee who won election as mayor of Helena, Montana. Collins and his wife, Maddie, are longtime, active members at Helena's Covenant United Methodist Church. Photo courtesy of Wilmot Collins.

Refugee U.S. mayor-elect is United Methodist

Wilmot Collins, mayor-elect of Helena, Montana, is a Liberian refugee and a United Methodist. Read More

Abel Gbeadquoi sits on his Personal Energy Transportation vehicle, a gift from the United Methodist Women in Liberia. Photo by Julu Swen, UMNS.

Mobilizing the physically challenged in Liberia

Hand-cranked transportation devices are invaluable in areas where the terrain is too uneven for traditional wheelchairs. Liberia’s UMW distributed $54K worth of them. Read More

John Flomo, 66, has lived at the Ganta Leprosy and TB Rehab Center since he was 15 years old. The center is part of the United Methodist Ganta Mission Station in Ganta, Liberia. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Liberian leper colony a lifetime commitment to care

Fears of leprosy cause many families to shun those with the disease. A United Methodist rehab center shows them compassion and love. Read More

More than 300 people traveled to Impact Church in Atlanta to be part of a discussion on the possible future of The United Methodist Church. The Uniting Methodists Conference was held Nov. 13-14. Photo by Kathy L. Gilbert, UMNS.

Uniting participants call for unity, bravery

More than 400 people participated in a conference that emphasized The United Methodist Church’s strengths despite its differences over LGBTQ issues. Read More

Bishop Hee-Soo Jung speaks with Rebecca Cole, director of grassroots organizing at the United Methodist Board of Church and Society, at the three-day “Peace on the Korean Peninsula” seminar held at the United Methodist Building in Washington, Nov. 13-15. Korean-American United Methodists added their voices to the growing number of people calling on the U.S. government to tone down the rhetoric on North Korea. Photo by Erik Alsgaard, the Baltimore-Washington Conference.

Joining the call for peace on Korean Peninsula

United Methodists need to educate themselves, others to become faithful advocates for peacebuilding. Read More

At Juba Camp in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Bishop John Yambasu (fourth from left, front row) leads a symbolic handing over of 200 bags of rice to the Office of National Security, the government agency in charge of coordinating welfare matters for survivors of deadly mudslide Aug. 14. Because survivors are not allowed to cook in their temporary plastic-cover homes, the ONS hires people to prepare food for them three times a day. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

Mudslide survivors worried over future

Camps for survivors of August mudslides, flooding in Sierra Leone will close Nov. 15. Read More

Bishops pray for the Holy Spirit’s guidance during worship Nov. 8 at the Council of Bishops meeting at Lake Junaluska, N.C. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS.

Bishops: Be respectful in difficult times

As the church’s debate about its future intensifies, bishops say they are hearing of increased animosity leading in some cases to disrupted worship. Read More

Linglestown Life United Methodist Church, in Harrisburg, Pa. had training Oct. 9 on what to do in the case of an active shooter. John Lubawski of the ALICE Training Institute led the session. Photo courtesy the Rev. George Reynolds.

Churches bear down on safety after Texas attack

Massacre at Baptist church prompts United Methodist churches to seek active shooter training. Read More

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

Methodism in Central America: Challenges, Faith and Hope

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

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

Bremen church embraces refugees, migrants

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

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

A United Methodist balm for Sutherland Springs

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

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

Refugees find community with United Methodists

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

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

Bishop: Puerto Rico rises with church’s help

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

Pastors become chaplains after church massacre

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

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

Big grant for missional internships

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

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

United Methodist University in Sierra Leone opens

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

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

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

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

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

5 years later, Sandy cleanup continues

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

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

Praying, singing as white supremacists rally

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

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

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

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

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

Liberian Mission Station growing rice to fight food insecurity

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

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

United Methodist chaplain played in NFL

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

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