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Mwinyi Taluhumbu, president of United Methodist Men in Eastern Congo, checks the corn in a field cultivated by the men’s group. The crop is providing cornmeal for pastors from United Methodist urban churches who are struggling amid the coronavirus confinement. Photo by Chadrack Tambwe Londe, UM News.

African churches ease pandemic’s hunger blow

United Methodist congregations continue to support church members and communities struggling with hunger amid the COVID-19 crisis.
Mission and Ministry
The Rev. Diane Dyson in full gear as a hospital nurse caring for COVID-19 patients. Dyson is a United Methodist deacon and says her clergy background has helped her to be a better listener as a nurse. Photo courtesy of Diane Dyson.

Clergywoman also is nurse on COVID-19 front line

The Rev. Diane Dyson, a United Methodist deacon, experiences fear and fulfillment as health care worker in the pandemic.
Annual Conferences
United Methodists have always been creative when it comes to meetings but how annual conferences conduct their yearly sessions in 2020 may prove particularly challenging. Photos clockwise starting top left: Kansas East now Great Plains Conference 2013, Britt Bradley; Louisiana Conference 2015, Betty Backstrom; Nebraska now Great Plains Conference 2015; Kenya-Ethiopia Conference 2019, Gad Maiga; Western Pennsylvania Conference 2013; Greater New Jersey special conference 2019, courtesy Corbin Payne; Virginia Annual Conference 2015, Fran Walsh; graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Plans vary to get annual conference business done

Some annual conferences are going virtual. Others are determined to meet in person, and some are doing a bit of both.

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