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Focused on the Scriptures

From the increase in female clergy numbers to upholding scripture, Betty Spiwe Katiyo enumerates milestones we can all celebrate. 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

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What does it mean to follow Jesus? Taking up my cross

Nicole Melki discusses the impact of having Scriptures used to communicate exclusion from the love of God. Read More

The church fulfills my needs

For Margaret Brown Burton, the theology is practical: “The Wesleyan Quadrilateral — scripture, tradition, reason, experience — is a guide for decision-making throughout life.” Read More

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What does it mean to follow Jesus? Taking up my cross

“But when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by.” The Rev. Jorge Acevedo examines Jesus’ parable from a 21st century perspective. Read More

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Our theology, our history, my heritage

Wesleyan practices and theology resonate with the Rev. Lindy Broderick. Read More

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Unifying people around the world

Paul Gómez’s church family included people from Latin, Korean, Filipino and African backgrounds. Read More

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Ten reasons why I am United Methodist

United Methodists celebrate grace, holiness, mercy, diversity. The Rev. Carolyn Moore lists the reasons she belongs to the church. Read More

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'All other things are opinions'

Reto Naegelin agrees with John Wesley's advice: Read More

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United Methodists demonstrated God’s love to my family

The Rev. Kent Millard was unchurched due to his father's disease, until the church Read More

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Can we value relationships over rules?

Bishop Patrick Streiff says in many doctrinal disputes of past centuries, opponents got deeper and deeper into a conflict which overshadowed their shared biblical beliefs. Read More

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In the heart of God, we are one

For the Rev. James Howell, unity is Read More

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Dreaming of unity

Bob Kaylor says our faith is based on a unity where sin is acknowledged and growth in Christ expected. When we stopped focusing on these ideals, division was inevitable. Read More

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Living toward the unity that already is

Bishop Kenneth L. Carder says the good news is the unity we seek has already been achieved! “In Jesus Christ, God reconciled all things.” Read More

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Unity begins in baptism

Sarah Heaner Lancaster says the unity of the church begins in baptism. 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

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

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

Samuel Figueredo is the engineer in charge of information technology at Cuba's Evangelical Methodist Seminary in Havana. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Going digital at Havana seminary

In some respects, those attending Seminario Evangélico Metodista are ahead of many Cubans in terms of using digital technology. Read More

Parishioners raise their arms in praise during worship at Vedado Methodist Church in Havana. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Cuban Methodists are packing the pews

Decades after Castro’s revolution, the church has combined Wesleyan and Pentecostal elements to form its own identity. Read More

Slideshow: Singing the spirit in Cuba

Surrounded by Caribbean colors and timeless street scenes, the Methodist Church is growing in Cuba. Experience lively worship and glimpses of Cuban life through exclusive photo presentation. Read More

Pastor Juncar Tabunan (left) and the Rev. Erwyn Maggay (center) receive solar panels with a power bank from April Mercado (far right) as part of the 2016 Typhoon Haima disaster response. Photo courtesy of April Mercado, United Methodist Communications.

Philippines Typhoons: The Church Responds

After devastating typhoons in Oct. 2016, United Methodists offer relief and support. Read the latest news, find resources, donate. More

Bishop Sharma Lewis shares a moment with Bishop Lindsey Davis, her former bishop in North Georgia Conference, during her consecration on July 15 at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center at Lake Junaluska, N.C. Photo by Burt Williams, Western North Carolina Conference

Five new bishops blaze trails for The United Methodist Church

"Those whom God calls, God equips." Series from United Methodist News Service profiles bishops first in each U. S. jurisdiction. More

Names of those killed are etched onto the 9/11 Memorial in New York City. Photo by Fran Coode Walsh, United Methodist Communications.

15 years later: United Methodists remember 9/11

In an exclusive series, church leaders and members share personal accounts of what happened that dark day and how it impacted their lives and their congregations. More

Laura Gage (center) hugs Joe Royer while helping sort through the wreckage of his home in Joplin, Mo.,following the deadly tornado. At left is Kevin Kaufhardt. A UMNS photo  by Mike DuBose.; A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose

Churches Dealing with Disaster

When disaster hits a community, pastors and congregations need to be prepared. Find news and resources for facing tough times. More

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The Church Responds to Ebola

United Methodists continue to combat the deadly outbreak across West Africa. Find latest updates and ways you can help. More

Raphaël Aboua (right) helps serve Holy Communion at Ebenezer Beago United Methodist Church in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. Photo by Isaac Broune, United Methodist News Service.

Sacraments, Rites and Rituals

Explore how United Methodists understand baptism, communion, rites and rituals other Christian churches view as sacraments. More

Behind the Scenes of General Conference 2016

Video series introduces members of the Committee on General Conference tasked with planning and carrying out the largest gathering of the global church. View

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Education

Find prayers, resources, stories and information to support schools and students. More

The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in Washington was dedicated by President Obama on Oct. 16, 2011. Photo by Maile Bradfield, United Methodist Communications.

United Methodists share MLK’s dream

United Methodists who knew the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. describe how he changed their lives. View

6-year-old Osman Konteh was shunned by his village after his parents died of Ebola and he survived. He now lives in a private orphanage with other Ebola orphans in Kenema, Sierra Leone. Photo by Jan Snider, United Methodist Communications

Ebola: The Struggle to Recover in Africa

The deadly virus left a path of destruction in Sierra Leone. A year later, learn how The United Methodist Church is working to revitalize this resilient nation. Read More

Game Changers Summit Dreamers and doers gather to harness the power of communications technology, September 3-5, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn.

Game Changers Summit 2014 News Coverage

United Methodists from around the connection are discussing the life-saving power of technology. Learn how you can get involved. More

Freedom Summer changed history, shaped lives

Read reflections written by people who were in Mississippi that summer or elsewhere in the world watching and praying. More

Frank Schaefer speaks to media Friday, June 20, after a hearing. Photo by Melissa Lauber, Baltimore-Washington Conference, for UMNS

Coverage Summary: Frank Schaefer Case

The United Methodist pastor was reinstated after being defrocked for officiating at his son's same-gender nuptials. Read More

Matilda Ndanema displays the insecticide-treated mosquito net she received from the United Methodist Church's Imagine No Malaria campaign in 2010 at her home in Bumpe, near Bo, Sierra Leone. The insecticide is nearing the end of its useful life and several villages in the Bo district will receive new nets from the campaign in the first planned redistribution to replace the nets given in 2010. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

The Church Casts a Wide Net in Sierra Leone

The Imagine No Malaria campaign distributed nearly 400,000 life-saving insecticide-treated bed nets in the Bo District of Sierra Leone. Follow coverage. More

A Dec. 22, 2012, fire destroyed the sanctuary, office area and part of the fellowship hall of Gideon Grove United Methodist Church, Stokesdale, N.C. Photo by the Rev. Nancy Rankin.

Church fires: Damage, recovery, prevention

During 2012 and early 2013, fire destroyed or damaged more than a dozen United Methodist church properties across the United States. Read More

Athanasius Mphuru, is recognized as a

2013: Year-end highlights

See the important events in the life of The United Methodist Church last year. Read More

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Nelson Mandela and Methodism

Read how the anti-apartheid champion was mentored by Methodist preachers and educators. Read More

The Church in China

UMNS series focuses on the growth and growing pains of Christianity in recent decades. Visit Site

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Faith and Mental Health

Personal stories, useful links and printable materials to help raise awareness and provide support for those dealing with mental health issues. Read More

Members of the congregation pray during worship at Jourdain United Methodist Church in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire.

United Methodist Women Making History

United Methodist News Service invited a number of women, lay and clergy, to talk about leadership. Read More

United Methodist volunteer Ron Hilton installs drywall at a home that was flooded by Hurricane Sandy in the Sheepshead Bay area of Brooklyn in New York. Hilton is part of a volunteer team from Asheville, N.C.

Hurricane Sandy: The Church Responds

See church response after the devastating storm in October, 2012. Read More

Will Penner leads a gospel song during worship at Cedar Crest Camp in Lyles, Tenn. Photo by Ronny Perry, UMNS.

Church camps combine faith and fun

The United Methodist Church offers one of the largest camp and retreat networks, with 220 centers serving a million people a year. Read More

Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

Japan was hit by one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded on March 11, 2011. Read More