Human Rights

Social Concerns
Volunteers remove a traditional paramilitary mural from a wall in in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 2003 to make way for a new mural that will honor both Catholic and Protestant heroes from the two World Wars. “Brexit” — Britain’s process of withdrawing from the 28-member European Union — is raising concerns about re-imposing hard borders on the island of Ireland. File photo by Kathleen LaCamera.

Brexit threatens longtime peace in Northern Ireland

Methodist peacebuilders, others raise concerns about re-imposing hard borders on the island of Ireland.
Social Concerns
Local activists, religious leaders, and family members gather on the steps of the Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Paul, Minn., in support of Nelson Pinos, who has been living in sanctuary at First and Summerfield United Methodist Church in New Haven, Conn. Photo by Mary Elizabeth Smith.

Church awaits decision on sanctuary guest appeal

After hearing, Connecticut United Methodists are praying that federal court will reopen immigration case of Nelson Pinos.
Mission and Ministry
Hanwa Mission School in Hanwa, Zimbabwe, is now a registered United Methodist school. The designation means students can now take exams at the primary and secondary school rather than being forced to travel long distances. Photo by Chenayi Kumuterera, UMNS

Church takes reins at Hanwa Mission School

Now that the school is United Methodist, students can take exams there rather than being forced to travel long distances.
General Church
Florida delegates Rachael Sumner (front left) and the Rev. Jacqueline Leveron (front right) of the Florida Conference join in prayer with bishops and other delegates at the front of the stage before a key vote on church policies about homosexuality during the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

2019 General Conference passes Traditional Plan

Delegates to The United Methodist Church’s top lawmaking assembly approved a plan that affirms church policies on homosexuality and strengthens enforcement. The vote was 438 to 384.

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