Mission and Ministry

Worship
The Rev. Cynthia A. Wilson will lead the Junius B. Dotson Institute for Music and Worship in the Black Church and Beyond, a partnership between Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and Discipleship Ministries. Wilson, an accomplished Gospel music singer and church leader, worked with Dotson at Discipleship Ministries. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

‘It’s an experience’: Kickoff for Dotson institute

The Junius B. Dotson Institute for Music and Worship in the Black Church and Beyond kicks off with celebrations Aug. 18-20 in Atlanta. The Rev. Cynthia A. Wilson, a close colleague of Dotson’s before his death in 2021, explains her vision for the new venture.
Church Leadership
When the Rev. Vance Rains suggested suspending origami doves to syfrom First United Methodist Church's sanctuary ceiling, he wasn't sure what to expect. The congregation embraced the idea. Photo courtesy of the Florida Conference.

At church, paper doves send message of hope

A thousand origami doves are bringing comfort to the grieving and keeping the spirit of Pentecost going through the summer months at First United Methodist Church in Orlando, Fla.
Violence
The Rev. Lev Shults brings a greeting to a combined worship service of Czech- and Russian-speaking congregations at Prague 2 United Methodist Church in Prague, Czech Republic. Shults leads Agapé United Methodist Church, the Russian-speaking congregation. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Russian-speaking congregation supports Ukrainian refugees

While Russians and Ukrainians engage in war in various parts of Ukraine, a Russian-speaking United Methodist congregation in Prague is finding ways to support Ukrainian refugees.
Evangelism
The Rev. Susan Manyange preaches for the First Street Group, an informal church gathering in Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe, a community that is home to commercial sex workers and many struggling with alcoholism and substance abuse. Manyange is pastor of the nearby Seke East United Methodist Church. Photo by Eveline Chikwanah, UM News.

Church transforms troubled community

Through outreach and a weekly worship service, leaders of Seke East United Methodist Church in Zimbabwe have helped inspire First Street residents to make changes and embrace their faith.

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