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United Methodist Bishop Christian Alsted prays with Alexandre, who is living in the gymnasium at the Onokivtsi Secondary School near Uzhhorod, Ukraine, after fleeing his home due to the war with Russia. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.
United Methodist Bishop Christian Alsted prays with Alexandre, who is living in the gymnasium at the Onokivtsi Secondary School near Uzhhorod, Ukraine, after fleeing his home due to the war with Russia. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Photo essay: United Methodists stand with Ukraine

United Methodists in Eastern Europe have been welcoming Ukrainian refugees since the beginning of Russia’s invasion of their country. UM News staff photographer Mike DuBose was part of a team that traveled to Eastern Europe in late May to share stories of United Methodists’ humanitarian ministry.
Global Health
The Rev. Sunny Brown Farley (left) tells how AIDS has affected her life, as the Rev. Marc Baliyanga (center) listens. Farley, who is coordinator of the United Methodist Global AIDS Committee, and Baliyanga, dean of the Rwanda United Methodist Provisional Conference, spoke at a June conference on HIV and AIDS in Kilgali, Rwanda. Photo by the Rev. Donald E. Messer.

HIV and AIDS conference encourages acceptance, not fear

The June 9-12 seminar was the last of a forum series for Rwanda Provisional Conference pastors and spouses.
Violence
St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery in Kyiv, Ukraine, is a foremost example of Cossack Baroque and one of the country's most recognizable landmarks. Photo by Roman Brechko, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons; graphic by UM News.

Church faces obstacles to help war-displaced

United Methodists continue to scramble to provide aid to war-displaced people in Ukraine and surrounding countries. One recent challenge: Finding new housing for displaced people in western Ukraine who had been using a school as shelter.
Immigration
UM News is the official news gathering agency of the 13-million member United Methodist Church. Map courtesy of Pixabay; graphic by UM News.

Church responds after mass death of migrants

Even as they grieve the deaths of at least 51 migrants in San Antonio, United Methodists are continuing to care for immigrants and address what drives people to such peril.

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Larry Magee, paints at Hyde Park United Methodist Church in Tampa, Fla. McGee started painting as a child in Mississippi but as a homeless person had no place to hang his work or store supplies. Photo courtesy of the Florida Conference.
Larry Magee, paints at Hyde Park United Methodist Church in Tampa, Fla. McGee started painting as a child in Mississippi but as a homeless person had no place to hang his work or store supplies. Photo courtesy of the Florida Conference.

Homeless man finds peace through art ministry

Larry Magee’s paintings have been displayed at the Tampa Museum of Art and the Ferman Center for the Arts at the University of Tampa. Thanks to an art therapy class at Hyde Park United Methodist Church in Tampa, Fla., McGee says he has found his "happy place." Joe Henderson with the Florida Conference reports.
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