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Native American Ministries - April 30

Madeleine Freeman, 2016 Miss Indian Oklahoma City Princess, right, prepares to dance with the 2016 Junior Miss Indian Oklahoma City Princess, Jessica J. Meikle, center, and the 2016 Little Miss Indian Oklahoma City Princess, Victoria Echiwardy, during a pow-wow in Shawnee, Okla., in their honor. Photo by Ginny Underwood, UMNS.

Native American teen embraces Choctaw language, culture

As Miss Indian Oklahoma City Princess, 17-year-old serves as an ambassador for Native people, particularly girls, in her community and United Methodist Church. Read More

Enduring Ministry

The San Antonio, Texas brothel run by Mary “Madam” Volino would in 1895 become a rescue ministry for young women in prostitution. The change came after Volino’s dramatic conversion. The Methodist-supported ministry would soon shift its focus, arranging adoptions of babies born there to young women pregnant out of wedlock. This undated photo shows the infant room. Photo courtesy of Providence Place.

From brothel madam to Methodist mission founder

United Methodist's research sheds light on Mary `Madam' Volino, whose conversion yielded a Texas ministry now in its 122nd year. Read More

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Easter Season

As people of the Resurrection, we know that God can bring renewal from the darkest of times. Photo by Chris M. Moore (CC0 license) via freely.com, edited by United Methodist Communications.

Every day to us is Easter: Experience resurrection all year long

An Easter hymn reminds us renewals happen throughout our lives. In our worship and our work, we are to share the good news of resurrection. More

Judicial Council Coverage

Bishop Karen Oliveto (left) leans over to speak with her wife, Robin Ridenour (behind Oliveto) prior to a meeting of the United Methodist Judicial Council in Newark, N.J. The denomination's top court ruled on April 28 that the consecration of a gay bishop violates church law. At right is Bishop Elaine Stanovsky. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Consecration of gay bishop against church law

Judicial Council, top court for The United Methodist Church, says bishop “in good standing” until due process completed. Read More

In The News

The Rev. Kathleen McMurray joins a Good Friday vigil at the Arkansas Capitol in Little Rock to protest planned executions of seven inmates. McMurray is associate pastor of Grace United Methodist Church in Conway, Ark. Photo by Amy Forbus, Arkansas United Methodist

Arkansas executes 4th man in 8 days

As Arkansas put two more men to death on April 24, United Methodist clergy continued to speak out against the multiple executions. Read More

Church News

Members of the Council of Bishops listen as Bishop Bruce R. Ough reads a statement about sexuality and the church from the Council at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. The Council of Bishops has called a special General Conference on Feb. 23-26, 2019 to take up bishops’ proposals related to church unity and homosexuality. File photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS.

Bishops set date for special 2019 General Conference

The special meeting will deal solely with the work of the Commission on a Way Forward, charged with finding ways to foster church unity amid deep differences around homosexuality. Read More

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Ask the UMC

We have been keeping a list of intriguing questions about The United Methodist Church. Get the answers and send us your query. Ask the UMC. Read More

Daily Devotional

Today's prayers and resources

Spend some time in prayer today with these resources from The Upper Room. Read More