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Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma commended the Koinadugu district Ebola Response Center for the efficient management of the outbreak since the disease was first reported in the country. The district has recorded no cases in more than a week.  Photo courtesy of Sierra Leone State House Communications Unit

2015 ushers in renewed hope with dip in Ebola cases

Drop in new Ebola cases brings hope for an end to the deadly epidemic in Sierra Leone, as the Christmas lockdown is extended. Read More

Around the Church

The United Methodist pension board plans to exclude certain investments in thermal coal and companies that operate in countries with a pattern of human rights abuses. The board 's concern is such investments are unsustainable. Photo by Choness, iStock

Changes ahead for pension board investments

The board plans to exclude certain investments in thermal coal and companies that operate in countries with a pattern of human rights abuses. Read More

It Worked For Us

Bakers at First United Methodist Church in Gautier, MI sell baked goods to raise funds for those in need. 2011 file video image by Reed Galin, UMTV.

United Methodist Pie Ladies Serve Others

January 23 is Pie Day in the U.S. Meet some bakers who have raised thousands by sharing their sweet concoctions. View

Of Note

Courtesy photo of Andrae Crouch.

Andrae Crouch: ‘Soon and Very Soon’

Gospel great who died January 8 left legacy that includes music for ‘The Color Purple,’ ‘The Lion King,’ and three songs in The United Methodist Hymnal. Read More

Video Worth Watching

Baptism: God’s Gift to Us All

See a reflection about the sacrament Wesley called “a way in which we felt, knew, and saw God’s grace.” View

Outside Church Walls

The Rev. David Scavuzzo, lead pastor at Strongsville United Methodist Church, and church member Sue Puffer have helped organize a summer camp for abused and neglected foster children (Bob Sandrick/Northeast Ohio Media Group).

Camp for foster kids includes birthday cake

Rev. David Scavuzzo says church program will include parties for children who may have never had one - and the loving message that 'God has a purpose for their lives.’ Read More

Life Tips

A beautiful sunrise signals the start of a new day. Photo by Howard Lebowitz, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons.

Beyond New Year’s Resolutions — make ‘faithful intentions’

Once a year resolutions can be hard to keep. Making a covenant to be more spiritual is a process that will enrich your life. Here are eight starting points. Read More

Across the Globe

United Methodist Bishop Christian Alsted, Nordic and Baltic area, and Sheikh Mahmoud of the Tauheed Mosque, shown at a December meeting in Oslo, Norway, are convinced that interreligious dialogue is vital. Photo by Karl Anders Ellingsen, UMC Norway

Promoting interreligious dialogue after Paris attacks

In Norway, United Methodists and Muslims find common ground, while faith groups worldwide condemn killings and call for peace, dialogue. Read More

Commentary

The Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell answers questions during a 2008 panel discussion hosted by Soulforce, a national interfaith gay rights network. The event was held across the street from the Fort Worth (Texas) Convention Center, site of the 2008 United Methodist General Conference. File photo by Maile Bradfield, UMNS

Turning racial nightmares into dreams

In a commentary, the Rev. Gilbert Caldwell — a veteran of the U.S. civil rights movement — urges us to recognize the nation’s struggles on race. Read More

Feeding the Spirit

Members of Luz del Pueblo pray together. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Olinda Salazar-Veliz.

Too busy to pray? See tips to find more time

These practical pointers can help you prioritize prayer in your daily life. More

A candle burns during a service. Photograph by Angelia Sims of Angelia's Photography.

Daily Devotional

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

Forum

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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

Human Justice

Help ‘intercept’ human trafficking during Super Bowl

As thousands travel to Phoenix for the big game, many will be there by fraud or force. United Methodist Women plan to ‘huddle’ around the... Read More