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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions quoted Romans 13 to justify a new zero tolerance policy on illegal immigration. Official portrait by United States Department of Justice.

Sessions criticized for ‘zero tolerance’ Bible quote

Fellow United Methodists among those faulting attorney general for immigration policy, rhetoric. Read More

Members of the 2018 Michigan Annual Conference meet in Traverse City, Mich. Conferences, including Michigan, voted on resolutions that signal their aspirations for the special General Conference in 2019. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Annual conferences mixed on bishops’ plan

Some have endorsed the bishops’ recommended One Church Model. Some want a more traditionalist approach. Read More

United Methodist clergywomen from the Zimbabwe Episcopal Area gather for a leadership development workshop in Harare. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UMNS.

United Methodist clergywomen urged to overcome odds

Bishop Eben K. Nhiwatiwa tells workshop participants it is time for church and society to recognize clergywomen’s leadership role. Read More

Nombhedesho Maquba (standing, left) volunteers with a soup kitchen ministry operated by young adults of The United Methodist Church of South Africa in Durban. Photo by Nandipha Mkwalo, UMNS.

Young United Methodists start soup kitchen in South Africa

The United Methodist Church’s Young Adult Organization launches community service project to help those in need and spread the word of God. Read More

The Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit, the World Council of Churches’ top executive, left, and Andrzej Choromański of the Roman Catholic Church’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, present a graphic symbol of the June 21 visit by Pope Francis to the WCC during a May 15 press conference in Geneva. Photo by Albin Hillert/WCC

Pope Francis, Koreans to attend WCC gathering

United Methodists will be part of the meeting at the ecumenical group’s headquarters in Geneva. Read More

Zimbabwe Area Bishop Eben K. Nhiwatiwa (second from right) toured the new Munyarari Mission health clinic in Mutare, Zimbabwe, during the early stages of construction. Bel Air United Methodist Church in Bel Air, Maryland, funded the new facility as part of a Chabadza partnership with the Zimbabwe East Conference. Photo by Eveline Chikwanah, UMNS.

Maryland church helps fund new Zimbabwe health clinic

Work has begun on a modern health facility at Munyarari Mission, which will include a maternity wing, outpatient rooms and staff housing. Read More

A person standing in the United States reaches their hand toward Mexico along the border fence at El Faro Park in Tijuana, Mexico, in 2012. United Methodists are joining opposition to a new “zero tolerance” policy that is separating immigrant families. File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

United Methodists fight separation of immigrant families

A new “zero tolerance” policy which takes children away from their families is inhumane, faith leaders say. Read More

Gracious Matika (left) and her sister, Varaidzo, pose with her new diploma after Africa University’s June 9 graduation ceremony. Photo by Eveline Chikwanah, UMNS.

AU grad’s study supported by U.S. teen

The work of a 14-year-old inspired to send a girl to university paid off this month when Gracious Matika received her diploma from Africa University. Read More

Gjergi Lushka works with youth through the United Methodist Church in Albania. Photo courtesy of Central Conference of Central and Southern Europe.

Albanian churches help children with special needs

In an area with few resources for families of special needs children, churches with a heart for social work assume the role. Read More

The United Methodist Church’s Njagboima secondary school in Bo, Sierra Leone, sits empty after it was heavily damaged by severe storms. Educators and church officials are trying to come up with a plan to allow affected students to finish out the school year while repairs are underway. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

Storm shuts down United Methodist schools in Sierra Leone

Educators and church officials are trying to come up with a plan to allow students to finish out the school year while repairs are underway. Read More

Jonas Assogba (center) grins as he tries to answer a question during a church version of the newlywed game at Nazareth United Methodist Church in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. The game marked the completion of a three-and-a-half month course on marriage.

Missionary: To boost church, boost marriages

A missionary has started a course to help married couples strengthen their relationships. Graduation featured a church version of The Newlywed Game. Read More

Africa University students celebrate their graduation from the United Methodist-related school in Mutare, Zimbabwe. This year’s graduating class had students from 21 African countries. Photo by the Africa University Department of Information and Public Affairs.

616 Africa University students graduate

Africa University graduates 616 students, and Boeing executive endows scholarship for women. Read More

Dr. Marie Claire Manafundu (left) visits children in the Irambo neighborhood in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo, where poor nutrition has become a problem, especially for children. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UMNS.

Hospitals in Congo concerned by growing child malnutrition

Poor nutrition is becoming a major problem in areas of the Congo where people have been displaced due to violence and natural disasters. Read More

United Methodist Insurance, a part of the General Council on Finance and Administration, has put together a free, downloadable booklet on how churches can prepare for natural disasters and extreme weather. Artwork courtesy of GCFA

Help for churches in preparing for disaster

United Methodist Insurance has produced a free e-booklet to help churches prepare for emergencies even before it looks like we're in for nasty weather. Read More

Dr. Marie Claire Manafundu, head of the Mama Lynn Center and wife of East Congo Area Bishop Gabriel Yemba Unda, examines clothing at the Panzi Foundation in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo, where victims of rape are able to learn a trade such as sewing to help support themselves. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UMNS.

Church seeks partnership for rape survivors’ center

As Mama Lynn Center nears completion in Congo, United Methodists look to Panzi Foundation for possible partnership on training, other services. Read More

Bishop Patrick Streiff preaches in Shumen, Buglaria. Under proposed amendments to Bulgaria’s Religious Denominations Act, Streiff — who leads the Central and Southern Europe Conference — would have to get government permission to preach in Bulgaria. Photo courtesy of The United Methodist Church in Bulgaria.

Bulgarian proposals would affect churches

Proposed amendments to Bulgaria’s Religious Denominations Act could affect financial support for United Methodist pastors, as well as who could serve. Read More

A woman watches as teacher Mwita Baita Baitele digs a hole during a training session on organic farming in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in April. Members of United Methodist Women gathered to share what they eat every day and where and how they grow their food. Photo by the Rev. Betty Kazadi Musau, UMNS.

UMW members learn about organic farming in Tanzania

Workshop teaches women about organic fertilizers, farming and the use and protection of soil. Read More

Ernest Tokpah recalls the toll Ebola took on his family during 2015 and 2016 in Ganta, Liberia.

Church institutions continue to aid post-Ebola Liberia

In the two years since Liberia was declared Ebola-free, United Methodist schools and hospitals have helped the country recover. Read More

A student at Murewa United Methodist Mission School receives a human papillomavirus vaccine. The vaccine protects against cervical cancer. Photo by Sydney Mapisaunga, deputy head of the school.

Zimbabwe United Methodists work to defeat cervical cancer

Effort to combat leading cause of death among Zimbabwean women focuses on education and prevention. Read More

United Methodist publishing teams in Africa, sponsored by Discipleship Resources International, are providing hymnals, liturgy, curriculum and other educational materials to help spread the gospel. The teams met May 1-5 in Johannesburg, South Africa, to share strategies as the teams make inroads in spreading United Methodism on the continent. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

African publishing provides hymnals, curriculum

Publishing teams are helping keep United Methodists informed about the church, as well as providing needed study and preaching materials. Read More