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A wide view of the General Assembly Hall at the United Nations as U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the general debate of the sixty-ninth session of the General Assembly. Photo by Mark Garten, United Nations

U.N. ‘has its hands full,’ says United Methodist observer

As the U.N. General Assembly starts a new session, United Methodists at Church Center for the United Nations look at the issues. Read More

Wesley professor joins U.S. State Department

Shaun Casey's main task will be to reach out to religious groups around the world. Read More

United Methodist bishops elected in Philippines

Two new bishops and one current one will oversee the church's work in the Philippines following episcopal elections in Manila. Read More

Mariela, 18, is the primary caregiver for her three young sisters since their mother was arrested during an April 16 immigration raid at a Chattanooga, Tenn., poultry plant. UMNS video images.

Churches help families left behind after raids

United Methodists scramble to assist families torn apart by an immigration raid in Chattanooga, Tenn. Read More

William H. Gates Sr. addresses delegates and visitors to the 2008 United Methodist General Conference. Gates, the father of Microsoft founder Bill Gates and a co-chairman of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, spoke on the need to eradicate malaria worldwide.

Gates thanks United Methodists for partnership

Gates Foundation chairman says The United Methodist Church is the strongest force against malaria. Read More

U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver addresses delegates and guests at the Board of Church and Society luncheon held in conjunction with the 2008 United Methodist General Conference. Cleaver is also a United Methodist minister.

Cleaver: Social, economic problems hurt poor most

"Poor people are being blamed for being poor people," says U.S. Rep. Emanuel Clever II to a United Methodist gathering. Read More

Bishops Minerva Carcaño and Elias Galván sing prior to a discussion on the relationships between United Methodist churches in the United States and their counterparts in Latin America during the 2008 United Methodist General Conference in Fort Worth, Texas.

United Methodists look to Latin America

The delegates hear a call to more fully embrace their counterparts in Latin America and the Caribbean. Read More

A man searches through bags of garbage for recyclables to resell in the Payatas landfill in Manila, Philippines. The island nation's capital city is one of the most densely populated places on earth.

Commentary: Finding a kingdom in heaven in Manila

United Methodists are bringing Christ and hope to the "sad, dark" places in the Philippines. Read More

One-year-old Joshua Flores receives free treatment for tuberculosis at United Methodist Mary Johnston Hospital in Manila, Philippines. As one of the country's few missionary hospitals, Mary Johnston accepts all patients regardless of race, creed or ability to pay.

Struggling hospital continues to offer free health care

Begun in 1906 as a missionary clinic in the Philippines, United Methodist Mary Johnston Hospital is a model for service to the poor. Read More

Bishop Solito K. Toquero (far right) visits with some of the young girls living at the Gilead Center, a residential shelter for street children supported by The United Methodist Church.

Filipino church ministers to destitute families

In Manila, where the poorest people live among cemetery tombs, The United Methodist Church provides hope to escape the cycle of poverty. Read More

A young girl is surrounded by trash at the dump nicknamed Smokey Mountain in Manila, Philippines. The city's poorest people live in the dump and make their living looking for goods to recycle.

Church offers hope to Filipinos living amid garbage

In Manila, the Smokey Mountain garbage dump is home to not only rotting garbage but hundreds of families trapped by poverty. Read More

Elvira Arellano received sanctuary at Adalberto United Methodist Church in Chicago from Aug. 15, 2006, to Aug. 16, 2007. A UMNS file photo by Paul Jeffrey.

Arrest of mother puts ‘human face’ on immigration

United Methodist leaders say the case of Elvira Arellano will force the U.S. Congress to see the issue in terms of justice and mercy. Read More

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