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Pastors appreciate the time they get to spend with people in their congregations and in the community. A United Methodist Communications photo by Fred Koenig.

Coffee, conversations, and God: Pastors share their appreciation

What's the best part of a pastor's job? Clergy tell us what they love about their work during Pastor Appreciation Month. Read More

Bishop Sharma Lewis shares a moment with Bishop Lindsey Davis, her former bishop in North Georgia Conference, during her consecration on July 15 at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center at Lake Junaluska, N.C. Photo by Burt Williams, Western North Carolina Conference

Bishop Lewis: Being first means lifting others up

The first African-American female bishop in the Southeastern Jurisdiction feels called to lead the church “for such a time as this.” Read More

Women in the Southeastern Jurisdiction pray for Bishops-elect Sue Haupert-Johnson (in green-and-blue) and Sharma Lewis (in yellow-and-white) a day before their consecration. United Methodists already have elected a record number of women bishops this year. Photo by Jasmine Haynes, Mississippi Conference

New women bishops make history

U.S. delegates have elected more women bishops than in any previous class of United Methodist episcopal leaders. Four are African American. Read More

President George W. Bush awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to author Harper Lee during a ceremony Monday, Nov. 5, 2007, in the East Room. White House photo by Eric Draper.

Harper Lee was United Methodist in word, deed

Fellow United Methodists credit her with artistry and courage in writing "To Kill a Mockingbird." Read More

Photos of the children are mingled with the diplomas and awards on the wall of Rev. Julie K. Fleurinor's office in Resurrection United Methodist Church in Chicago.  From left, Jaron, Fleurinor, Eniyah, Erica and Cyrus.

Pastor fills parsonage with foster children, follows call

'God didn’t bring me this beautiful parsonage to live in it alone.' Rev. Julie Fleurinor's congregation says her foster children have enriched the church. Read More

Climate change was one of the topics addressed by United Methodism Women during the 2011 National Seminar in Birmingham, Ala. Social action issues highlighting the 2015 seminar in Chicago include mass incarceration.

UMW members connect with Chicago organizers

Public events include a town hall on mass incarceration and rally of faith leaders on police accountability. Read More

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a United Methodist, center left, joins U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, center right, and his wife, Yoo Soon-taek, center, at a March 10 special event,

Seeing ‘sacred worth’ in women and girls

From a faith perspective, progress since the Beijing Declaration also means looking beyond gender to the crucial role of women in society. Read More

Justine Kwachu Kumche of Cameron, left, speaks at a March 11 panel discussion on grassroots leadership, co-sponsored by United Methodist Women, during the 59th session of the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women. Other panelists, to her left, are Lana Finikin, Jamaica; Esperanza Cardona, Honduras, and Ruth Serech, Guatemala. Photo by Linda Bloom, UMNS

Defining women’s progress on the grassroots level

Community voices are supported by United Methodist Women during the Commission on the Status of Women as the U.N. reviews progress of the Beijing Plan of Action. Read More

The Rev. Molly Simpson confirms a young church member. From story in Interpreter Magazine. Photo courtesy of Molly Simpson.

Women church planters reach new disciples

'We were ready to take risks, to try new things, and if they didn't work, we made the changes necessary.' Interpreter Magazine profiles two female pastors. Read More

Women gather at the forum for nongovernmental organizations held in Huairou, China, part of the 1995 U.N. Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. Photo by Milton Grant, U.N.

Assessing key women’s conference, 20 years later

As the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women meets in March, the United Methodist Women’s delegation will be among those reviewing progress of Beijing Plan of Action. Read More

(From left) Jane Bucher, Pauline Alvirez, David Alvirez, Raul Alegria, Bilha Alegria, Bishop Minerva Carcaño are a few of the attendees of the Dec. 6 awards dinner at Scarritt Bennett.

Courageous women honored at Scarritt Bennett dinner

Center began honoring social activists seven years ago. Read More

Members of the Women’s Association of the South Mozambique Conference. Photo courtesy of the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women.

Women’s Association in Mozambique celebrates 50 years

More than 750 members of the Women’s Association of the South Mozambique Conference gathered to celebrate 50 years of doing the work of Christ. Read More

Women’s colleges cultivate leadership

Women from United Methodist-related schools describe the long-term value of being ‘surrounded by so many successful female students and leaders.’ Read More

With help from U.S. partners, women from Latin American participated in a Methodist Women Leadership Conference in Perú. Photo courtesy General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.

Supporting clergywomen in Latin America

With help from U.S. partners, women from Latin America participated in a Methodist Women Leadership Conference in Perú. “As good Methodists, we made connections!” Read More

Emily Hutchings and her children take part in a protest about conditions for farm workers in Lakeland, FL. Hutchings is an active member of United Methodist Women.  Image courtesy of videographer Clay Kisker.

United Methodist Women Shape Generations

These moms take faith seriously. “One role of parents is to pass on values and John Wesley’s whole deal was social justice. It’s why there is a church." View

M. Garlinda Burton (right) and Kathi Smith Edwards celebrate after being consecrated as deaconesses in the United Methodist Church during the United Methodist Women's Assembly at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Ky. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Slideshow: Women unite at 2014 Assembly

More than 7,000 United Methodist women attended the 2014 Assembly. See photo highlights of the gathering, which offered opportunities for study, worship, fellowship and social action. View

More than 7,000 women attended the United Methodist Women's Assembly 2014 at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Ky.

Women pray, march, celebrate at Assembly 2014

More than 7,000 women from around the world came to Louisville, Ky., for the quadrennial gathering of United Methodist Women. Read More

Yvette Richards (left), of the United Methodist Women Board of Directors, helps prepare food at the Fourth Avenue United Methodist Church in Louisville, Kentucky, on April 24, 2014, the Ubuntu day of service before the United Methodist Women Assembly. The church provides food to homeless and underemployed people. With her is Andrew Thomas, the lead chef. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

600 women on a mission to love their neighbors

The day before their 2014 Assembly, volunteers from United Methodist Women scattered across the city of Louisville, KY to do good and learn about their neighbors. View

Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Women pastors growing in numbers

But study finds “lack of support from the hierarchical system” top reason women leave pulpits for extension ministry. Read More

United Methodist Women to explore immigrant rights

As a national debate on immigration continues, the Women’s Division of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries has decided to make immigrant and refugee rights a priority. Read More

Women’s History Month: We need each other

"Our goal ... will not happen until and unless women can strive together," says United Methodist women's leader. Read More