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Hispanic man sits in church pew in Michigan. Courtesy: United Media Creations.

Being United Methodist: Hispanic/Latino Ministries

Members share their challenges, and success stories, working with neighbors. “Being Hispanic is not actually easy. It's hard sometimes.” View

In the News

An educational poster about the dangers of the Ebola virus hangs in the community center at the Jaiama Bongor Chiefdom, outside Bo, Sierra Leone. The World Health Organization has declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa an international health emergency.

The Church Responds to Ebola

See latest headlines and ways to help as United Methodists combat the deadly outbreak with relief and life-saving information for those in West Africa. More

Useful Information

Church members gather for a musical program by the Mark Beachy Family Singers following a potluck supper at Leipsic (Ohio) United Methodist Church. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Taking inviting photos of your church

Just as a house with great pictures does better on the real estate market, a welcoming image can help bring visitors to your church. Find... Read More

Get Involved

Food packaging for Society of St. Andrew. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

September is National Hunger Action Month

The U. S. will throw away 133 billion pounds of food this year alone. Find ways your congregation can take a stand against hunger. Read More

In the spotlight

We Cancerve founder Grace Callwood and volunteer Addison Simpler hold a check from We Cancerve.

Young United Methodist cancer survivor makes news

Grace Callwood's cancer diagnosis at age 7 did not slow her down. Read how Huffington Post shared the story of Grace's good works. More

Beliefs

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Peace: What does the church say?

What do United Methodists believe about nations versus individuals? Is there ever a justification for war? Learn about the basics of our faith. Read More

Timely Topic

Victor See Yen, left, and Ron McBee of Heritage O.P., an acoustic percussion and vocal ensemble, drum for peace during a symposium Sept. 19 at the Church Center for the United Nations. Photo by Linda Bloom, UMNS.

Talking about ‘The Things That Make for Peace’

To honor International Day of Peace, United Methodist Women and partner groups organize symposium at Church Center for the United Nations. Read More

Technology for Social Good

An educational poster on the dangers of the Ebola virus hangs in the community center at the Jaiama Bongor Chiefdom, outside Bo, Sierra Leone. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

How the humble text message is fighting Ebola

Ken Banks, developer of a free text-messaging system, on how the church and others are using technology to distribute vital information in West Africa. Read More

Across the Globe

Munashe Furusa, vice chancellor of Africa University. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

‘Africa happens at Africa University everyday’

Munashe Furusa shares his plans for the United Methodist-related university, which has students from 23 African countries. Read More

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Daily Devotional

See today’s food for thought from the Upper Room. More

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UMTV: Church Rethinks School Lunches

Pastor says meal program is "not about churchianity; it's about Christianity. It's not about the building, it's about the people we are building." View

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Free marketing resources for your church

Find tools and services from United Methodist Communications, like professional photos and demographic reports. Read More

Education

A multi-cultural world. Photo by Monisha.pushparaj, courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Tips for teaching diversity appreciation to children

‘Tell them that they are beautiful and that other people – who may or may not look like them – are beautiful, too, because God says so.’ Read More

Cool Idea

Dakotas couple brings holidays to young

Contributions to Shoebox Christmas project enable many Native parents to see their children open gifts when there is no money in budget for extras. Read More

Featured Topic

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Personal Perspectives on Homosexuality and the Church

The topic can be challenging for people of faith. Read a variety of first-person reflections, meant to help us understand one another better. More

Global Health

A living

Countdown to Zero: AIDS conference calls for action

Conference provides participants with knowledge, resources and inspiration to take action toward eliminating AIDS virus. Read More

Around the Church

Retired Bishop Jane Allen Middleton. Photo courtesy the New York Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Bishop Middleton named interim leader in New York

Retired Bishop Jane Allen Middleton tapped to be interim bishop for New York Annual (regional) Conference, from Jan. 1, 2015, through Aug. 31, 2016. Read More

Around the World

Displaced Crimean children take language and arts classes at a welcome center in Kyiv, capital of Ukraine. Photo by Nazar Yatsyshyn, UMCOR.

Ukraine: Support for the Uprooted

UMCOR’s financial support has enabled the church to purchase meat, fruits and vegetables, and more, for hundreds of thousands whose lives are in upheaval. Read More

In the Spotlight

The Rev. Faith Weedling on a platform on top of Brosville United Methodist Church to raise funds for Imagine No Malaria. Photo by Neill Caldwell, Virginia Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Faith on the roof raises funds for malaria fight

The Rev. Faith Weedling promised to spend one hour on the roof for every $100 her church raised for Imagine No Malaria. ‘Hoot owl; 3:30 a.m.’ Read More

In the News

Refugees and human rights in Iraq

The General Board of Global Ministries offers information about the dire situation in Iraq, and what church groups are doing to alleviate suffering and advocate for peace. Read More

Outside Church Walls

A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose

Church extends support to Atlantic City workers

New Jersey United Methodists start planning a response as area recovering from Sandy now faces an economic storm caused by casino closings. Read More

For Reflection

Photo illustration by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Commentary: Bible not a book but a library

United Methodist pastor shares five benefits of reading Scripture as a collection of God-breathed books. Read More