Bishop, churches respond to school stabbings

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General Church
The U.S. Capitol is framed by trees across from the United Methodist Building in Washington, D.C. File photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

38 United Methodists serve in 116th Congress

United Methodists comprise the fourth-largest religious group in a new Congress that has fewer Christians and slightly more religious diversity.
Bishops
From left, Bishops Mande Muyombo, Daniel Lunge, Kasap Owan and Gabriel Yemba Unda attend the opening church service at a special meeting of the Congo Central Conference Dec. 11 in Kolwezi, Congo. Photo by Pierre T. Omadjela.

Congo Central Conference votes to elect bishops for life

Special gathering of Congo Central Conference changes election of bishops so that first election will mean lifetime service.
Social Concerns
Immigrants who have just been released from a U.S. Border Patrol detention facility wait at the bus station in McAllen, Texas, in this photo from Aug. 1. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Bishops: Don't villainize migrants

In a statement, United Methodist bishops as well as Methodist colleagues in Mexico and El Salvador called on their churches and governments to do more to welcome the caravans of people seeking refuge.