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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

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

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