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A man prepares to descend from a rock climbing wall inside Metzingen United Methodist Church in Germany.

Membership climbs at German church

Rock climbing gym in renovated building brings young people to church. View

Bishop Rosemarie Wenner. Courtesy of United Methodist Communications.

After Brexit vote, German bishop offers support to British Methodists

United Methodist Bishop Rosemarie Wenner wrote, “In these challenging times, we are grateful for our connection in the Methodist family.” More

Jonathan Wilke, at right, and other young people are flocking to Immanuel United Methodist Church in Eberswalde, Germany. The church is defying the odds in the formerly Communist region by welcoming newcomers. Now, the church is striving to help refugees. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS

How a church overcomes hostility to Christianity

A church in formerly Communist eastern Germany defies the odds by welcoming newcomers, including the influx of recent asylum-seekers. Read More

Erlöserkirche United Methodist Church in Bremen, Germany welcomed refugees to weekly gatherings that included a meal together. Photo courtesy of Bishop Rosemarie Wenner.

Welcoming the stranger: Lessons from the refugee crisis in Europe

Seeing strangers from seven nations become friends over a meal has been one of many blessings received by those reaching out to refugees. Read More

Pastor Rolf Held talks about how United Methodist church members in Germany have welcomed refugees fleeing war-torn countries. Image from video by UMCOR.

United Methodists in Germany Welcome Refugees

A United Methodist pastor in southern Germany describes the impact that thousands of refugees have had on his community. View

Like many refugees, this Syrian girl photographed in front of Budapest Keleti Railway Station on September 3, 2015, is far from home. Photo by Mstyslav Chernov [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.

German bishop on migrants: ‘Meet people, not problems’

United Methodist Bishop Rosemarie Wenner shares how doing many little things together can make a big difference in ministry with Syrian refugees. Read More

Migrants crowd the Keleti pályaudvar train station  in Budapest while waiting passage to other countries within the European Union. Photo by Daniel Peters for United Methodist News Service.

United Methodists find challenges, blessings in Europe’s migration crisis

'To seek asylum is one of the human rights,' says German bishop. Churches worry about deaths of those trying to get to Europe and xenophobic acts against refugees. Read More

Bishop Hermann L. Sticher led United Methodists in West Germany just before the Berlin Wall fell. Photo  courtesy of the United Methodist Church in Germany.

Bishop Sticher, German United Methodist leader, dead at 87

He challenged German United Methodists to be ‘a missionary church’ in increasingly secular Europe. Read More

Steven Benson, an Anglican priest and TV producer, shoots video of the congregation at Knutsford Methodist Church in Cheshire, England, to share with the United Methodist Erlöserkirche (Church of the Redeemer) in Bremen, Germany, on Christmas Eve. Photo by Kathleen LaCameraUMNS

WWI truce spurs Christmas Eve call for peace

Methodist congregations in England, Germany have joined together to observe 100th anniversary of unofficial truce. Read More

Oct. 2006 image shows graffiti reading

German bishop writes of fall and call of Berlin Wall

Rosemarie Wenner says dreams came true in November 1989, but 'the unification of my nation is also a call. There are too many walls in our world.' Read More

The skyline of L’viv, Ukraine. German United Methodists recently called upon their government to work for negotiations, rather than military action, in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

German United Methodists seek peace for Russia, Ukraine

Open letter to Merkel calls on German government to work for negotiations and dialogue with all sides, not military action. Read More

The Men's Association of the United Methodist Church, Harare West District, sings during the 2013 Palm Sunday service in the Kwang Lim Chapel at Africa University. A UMNS photo by Kathleen Barry.

Cultural traditions enhance Easter

United Methodists around the world celebrate Christ’s Resurrection in diverse ways. Read More

Church vitality: From ‘dying’ to ‘reborn’

Failing German congregation had planned to sell its building, but God had other plans. Last year the church was re-consecrated. Read More

Wenner’s ‘stepping stones’ to bishop

German episcopal leader and new council president always felt welcome in the UMC. Read More

Wenner, Brown win election to lead bishops

Bishop Rosemarie Wenner of Germany will be the first woman from outside the United States to preside over the council. Read More

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