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Hundreds dead, missing in Sierra Leone mudslides, flooding

The numbers of dead and missing after torrential rains led to deadly mudslides is expected to rise as recovery efforts continue.
Author: United Methodist Communications
Posted: August 16, 2017, 4:36 pm

Guam church prays for restraint on nuclear threat

Although many on island are “unfazed” by nuclear threat, a “greater danger” arising from U.S.-North Korea confrontation is acknowledged.
Author: United Methodist Communications
Posted: August 15, 2017, 7:55 pm

At Sunday worship, pastors decry racism

After witnessing the white supremacy that led to deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, United Methodists across the U.S. spent Sunday proclaiming a different way in Christ.
Author: United Methodist Communications
Posted: August 14, 2017, 9:19 pm

Prophetic speaking a given at MARCHA

The church’s Hispanic/Latino caucus discusses Trump effect and celebrates 25th anniversary of the National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministry.
Author: United Methodist Communications
Posted: August 14, 2017, 5:02 pm

Church shelters protesters amid deadly turmoil

First United Methodist Church provides safe space for anti-racism protesters after turmoil around a white nationalist rally turns deadly.
Author: United Methodist Communications
Posted: August 13, 2017, 8:50 pm

Louisiana needs flood-recovery volunteers

A year after Louisiana's “1,000-year rain,” United Methodists are helping residents with home repairs and other support services.
Author: United Methodist Communications
Posted: August 10, 2017, 3:55 pm

Commission’s closed meetings find support, criticism

Some endorse Commission on a Way Forward’s approach. Others say it violates the church’s stance on transparency.
Author: United Methodist Communications
Posted: August 10, 2017, 2:39 pm

Native American Family Camp returns

Gathering focuses on strengthening health and vitality among Native people and communities.
Author: United Methodist Communications
Posted: August 9, 2017, 4:01 pm

Sierra Leone hospital brings needed relief

Twenty-two years after the country’s civil war, Hatfield Archer Hospital has started long-needed surgeries for men.
Author: United Methodist Communications
Posted: August 9, 2017, 3:11 pm

Bishop grapples with great needs and growth

Bishop Kasap Owan leads more than 1 million United Methodists in Congo and Zambia. He aspires for them to become self-sustaining but needs help.
Author: United Methodist Communications
Posted: August 4, 2017, 5:48 pm

Deaf ministry moves toward empowerment

Global Methodist Missions Conference of the Deaf offers makes history with certified lay servant course.
Author: United Methodist Communications
Posted: August 3, 2017, 4:34 pm

Filipinos to come home for a mission

BalikBayanihan2018, a convocation set for Jan. 3-6 in Manila, Philippines, is being organized by Filipino-American United Methodists and a local committee.
Author: United Methodist Communications
Posted: August 3, 2017, 1:49 pm

Rallying against Texas ‘bathroom bill’

About 200 United Methodists are among 500 at interfaith advocacy event in Austin, Texas, encouraging a vote against bill affecting transgender people.
Author: United Methodist Communications
Posted: August 2, 2017, 7:46 pm

‘Agriculture is life’ for Liberian United Methodists

The United Methodist Rural and Agricultural Development Program aims to feed fellow Liberians and teach them to feed themselves.
Author: United Methodist Communications
Posted: August 1, 2017, 2:43 pm

Conferences take on immigration, sexuality

The denomination’s long-running debate about LGBTQ people was on display, as was many conferences’ commitment to the sojourner.
Author: United Methodist Communications
Posted: July 31, 2017, 8:31 pm

Protesting a ‘culture of silence’ in Sierra Leone

United Methodist Women march in Freetown streets to draw attention to growing violence against women and girls.
Author: United Methodist Communications
Posted: July 31, 2017, 2:43 pm

Liberian bishop seeks to go ‘back to the soil’

Bishop Samuel Quire Jr. believes the path to sustainability for the Liberian church is in rural development.
Author: United Methodist Communications
Posted: July 31, 2017, 2:30 pm

Science Mike brings religion, science together

United Methodist answers questions on science, faith and life in popular “Ask Science Mike” podcast.
Author: United Methodist Communications
Posted: July 27, 2017, 2:46 pm

United Methodists decry Mindanao martial law

United Methodists condemned the extension of martial law in Mindanao, joining in demonstrations and other protests.
Author: United Methodist Communications
Posted: July 27, 2017, 2:17 pm

United Methodists embrace TED Talks

Pastors, churches find idea-sharing talks on Internet to be good models for communication.
Author: United Methodist Communications
Posted: July 26, 2017, 3:19 pm

Bikes boost church growth in Sierra Leone

Churches have been planted and attendance is up in areas where pastors received motorbikes and bicycles from the Bikes & Bibles program.
Author: United Methodist Communications
Posted: July 26, 2017, 2:49 pm

Use of ‘incompatible’ language on court agenda

The fall docket for the United Methodist Judicial Council includes two petitions asking whether reference to homosexuality violates the church’s constitution.
Author: United Methodist Communications
Posted: July 25, 2017, 7:07 pm

United Methodist facing deportation

A 19-year-old who lives at a New Orleans United Methodist church is facing deportation as an undocumented immigrant.
Author: United Methodist Communications
Posted: July 25, 2017, 3:15 pm

Church’s big presence at Boy Scout Jamboree

Chaplains, volunteers and 3,500 United Methodist Scouts make the denomination the second-largest faith group at the quadrennial event.
Author: United Methodist Communications
Posted: July 24, 2017, 3:53 pm

Way Forward keeps mum on plans for church

The commission is looking at new ways to embody unity amid deep divisions around homosexuality. But it’s not ready to share those plans.
Author: United Methodist Communications
Posted: July 24, 2017, 3:02 pm
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