Journalist, E Julu Swen, connects in conversation over tea with Dorothy Furnell during fellowship at Salisbury Methodist Church in England. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.


Remembering MLK

Dorothy Height, chairwoman of the National Council of Negro Women, received the Church Women United Human Rights Award during a presentation at the United Nations. Height, a longtime member of St. Mark's United Methodist Church in New York and resident of Washington, began her human and civil rights work on the national level in the 1930s. A UMNS 1999 file photo by John C. Goodwin.

Dorothy Height: Sharing MLK's Dream


General Church

On Jan. 3, a 16-member group of United Methodist leaders offered a proposal that would preserve The United Methodist Church while allowing traditionalist-minded congregations to form a new denomination. UM News will host a panel discussion on the Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation proposal at 9:30 a.m. EST on Jan. 13. Graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Video archive: UM News interviews protocol developers


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Archives and History

L. Dale Patterson, archivist-records administrator at the United Methodist Commission on Archives and History, examines film, one of thousands of carefully filed items at the agency housed on the campus of Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. A 2013 file photo by Kathleen Barry, UM News.

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Heather Ellis displays a thank you note from students at Sawyer (N.D.) Elementary School who received backpacks and school supplies from Vincent United Methodist Church in Minot, N.D. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

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God gives us friends because we are stronger together. Celebrate your friends as a family. Image by Sara Schork, United Methodist Communications.

Get Them Talking: Friends


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Katelin Hansen serves the United Methodist Church for All People in Columbus, Ohio as their Minister of Music & Strategic Initiatives Director. Photo courtesy United Methodist Church for All People.

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Recovery housing by women for women

Statistics show that one-quarter of women released from prison are arrested again within 6 months. Two-thirds are back within 5 years.

While volunteering in prison ministry, Olivia Smith was so touched by the stories of women she met that she mobilized volunteers at her church, Brentwood United Methodist Church, to open a home for women in recovery from drug and alcohol abuse. Healing Housing is a place of love and support by women, for women rebuilding their lives.

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Tindley Temple: A highlight of Methodist history

This United Methodist Church is named for a pastor whose dynamic preaching drew huge crowds in the '20s and is known as a founding father of Gospel music. Learn more about how the ministry and music of the Rev. Charles Albert Tindley continues to resonate today. Learn more.


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Olivia Hoffman sold her handmade rubber band loom bracelets to help people in the Bahamas who suffered from Hurricane Dorian damage.

Bracelets help Bahamas


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Jorge João Novo lifts a wooden pole into place to help secure an emergency tarp over his home after the roof was peeled off by Cyclone Idai in Buzi, Mozambique. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

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James W. Story is working to preserve African American spiritual songs through an album and stage shows. Photo by Josh Cross, courtesy of Gallatin News.

Music educator devoted to preserving spirituals