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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

Marie Campbell holds a sign reading Black Lives Matter at a 2015 demonstration in Nashville, Tenn. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

News poll: Racism voted top 2015 story

The continuing struggle against racism voted biggest 2015 story in The United Methodist Church. Read More

Children living in the refugee camp of Bourj el-barajneh in Beirut, Lebanon. The United Methodist Committee on Relief has provided funding for a kindergarten there. Photo courtesy of Dan Bracken

Looking ‘Beyond Bethlehem’ to aid refugees

Jesus was a refugee, notes a Global Ministries and Ginghamsburg Church project that offers resources to United Methodist congregations for Christmas offerings. Read More

People line up for lunch at Santa Anita Park in April 1942. The park, a converted racetrack, was the United States’ largest assembly center for Japanese Americans on their way to internment camps. Photo courtesy of Creative Commons/National Archives and Records Administration

Amid hysteria, a call for hospitality

Bishop Roy Sano personally attests to the costs of fear. He was among the U.S. citizens the U.S. government interned during World War II. Read More

Candles and flowers were placed outside the Le Carillon café in tribute to those killed in the Nov. 13 Paris attacks. At least 129 people died in various locations and more than 350 were injured.  Photo by John Seigenthaler, Aljazeera America

Shock, solidarity after Paris attacks

United Methodists, other faith leaders express outrage, support and a call to be peacemakers after coordinated terrorist attacks strike fear in Paris. Read More

Bishop Eben Nhiwatwa of Zimbabwe (center) holds a meeting of African bishops following the April 26, 2012

African bishops speak out on terrorism, sexuality

The bishops ask General Conference to include daily sessions of prayer for church unity and the cessation of violence around the globe. Read More

At Berkasovo, Serbia, refugees from Syria and other countries cross the border into Croatia on Sept. 28, 2015. A 2015 file photo by Paul Jeffrey for the ACT Alliance

U.S. faith leaders: Take in more Syrian refugees

United Methodist bishop among faith leaders asking Obama administration, Congress to resettle 100,000 Syrian refugees by next year. Read More

Refugees await crossing from Hungary into Austria. Photo © UNHCR/Mark Henley

Welcoming refugees as ‘fellow pilgrims’ in Europe

Both immediate actions and long-term perspectives are needed in crisis, says European Methodist Council. Read More

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

A young migrant girl hoping to reach Germany with her family holds up a sign inside the Hungarian border. Photo by Oláh Gergely Máté.

[Redirect] European refugee aid goes beyond food

For United Methodists and other faith groups, current migrant crisis shows overall improvements are needed on how asylum seekers are treated. Read More

A young migrant girl hoping to reach Germany with her family holds up a sign inside the Hungarian border.  Photo by Oláh Gergely Máté

European refugee aid goes beyond food

For United Methodists and other faith groups, current migrant crisis shows that overall improvements are needed on how asylum seekers are treated Read More

Migrants form a crowd at the Keleti pályaudvar train station Sept. 2 in Budapest while waiting passage to Germany, Austria and other wealthier countries within the European Union where the laws on refugee protection are better. Photo by Daniel Peters for UMNS

Coping with Europe’s migration crisis

United Methodists find both a challenge and a blessing in providing support and advocacy for global migrants. Read More

Ahlam Al Khaled, a health and nutrition educator for International Orthodox Christian Charities, walks with children in a settlement of Syrian refugees in Minyara, a village in the Akkar district of northern Lebanon. Photo by Paul Jeffrey for ACT Alliance

Christians under threat in Syria, Iraq

Trying not to forget daily suffering of all, the United Methodist Committee on Relief has committed more than $2 million to Syria-Iraq refugee crisis. Read More

A beneficiary in Iraq carries an UMCOR bag full of the hygiene supplies that will meet the needs of every member in his family. Photo by GlobalMedic, courtesy of UMCOR.

Supplying basic needs to families in Syria, Iraq

Thanks to your donations, UMCOR has channeled more than $500,000 to initiatives in Syria, Iraq, and other countries hosting more than 4 million Syrian refugees. Read More

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