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Worshippers attend Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia. The AME Church now has a retirement plan with Wespath Benefits and Investments, The United Methodist Church’s pension and benefits agency. The program is allowing the AME Church to get a fresh start after a crisis in its pension system. Photo by R. Kennedy for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®.

Wespath expands services to Methodist kin

The United Methodist Church’s pension agency is now offering retirement benefits to both the African Methodist Episcopal Church and Global Methodist Church — building closer ties in a time of upheaval.
Responding to Violence
After a wave of mass shootings from California to Iowa, United Methodists are responding with prayer, comfort for the grieving and renewed calls for advocacy against gun violence. Photo by Guernz11, courtesy of Pixabay; graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Church responds to days of mass shootings

Across the U.S., United Methodists are responding with prayer, comfort for the grieving and renewed calls for advocacy against gun violence.
Social Concerns
Black Methodists for a Better Future, a group of Black United Methodist pastors, is promoting a national day of prayer and fasting on Feb. 1 to ask God’s help with the problems of gun violence and systemic racism. Photo by Tep Ro, courtesy of Pixabay; graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Black pastors group calls for day of prayer

A national day of prayer and fasting on Feb. 1 has been declared by the Rev. Dennis Blackwell and the group Black Methodists for a Better Future to ask for God’s help curbing gun, domestic and economic violence as well as systemic racism.

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Dulce is living with a rare genetic bone marrow disorder that carries a grim prognosis. A United Methodist medical ministry is arranging to get a bone marrow transplant for the ten-year-old. Photo courtesy of the South Carolina Conference.
Dulce is living with a rare genetic bone marrow disorder that carries a grim prognosis. A United Methodist medical ministry is arranging to get a bone marrow transplant for the ten-year-old. Photo courtesy of the South Carolina Conference.

Healing Guatemala hopes to save girl's life

Healing Guatemala, a medical mission in Guatemala that is connected with the South Carolina Conference, is taking a huge leap of faith in the hopes of saving a young girl’s life. The ministry is arranging to get a bone marrow transplant for Dulce, a 10-year-old with a rare genetic disorder. But Healing Guatemala needs financial help for the procedure.
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