Congregations

Multicultural Ministry
The Rev. Miguel Padilla. Photo courtesy of the author.

A Human Relations Day to remember

Three San Antonio churches of different racial/ethnic membership model “beloved community” by coming together for a special service ahead of MLK Day March.
Mission and Ministry
Members of Capital City Christian Church in Frankfort, Kentucky, celebrate the congregation’s campaign to eliminate the medical debts of some of their neighbors in partnership with RIP Medical Debt, a nonprofit based in Long Island, New York. Like Capital City, United Methodist churches in Michigan, Tennessee and Nebraska have staged successful medical bill forgiveness campaigns. Photo courtesy of Capital City Christian Church.

Churches help pay off medical debt

The fundraising campaigns of several United Methodist congregations have led to millions in medical debt forgiveness through RIP Medical Debt.
Annual Conferences
A collection of Christmas cards will share holiday cheer with inmates. Photo courtesy of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.

Conference sends 10,000 Christmas cards to prisoners

Nearly 7,000 Christmas cards were sent to prisoners in 12 correctional facilities through the efforts of the Prison Ministries and Restorative Justice Team in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.
Local Church
A group of United Methodists who are sticking with the denomination, despite their local church having chosen to disaffiliate, gathers at a home in Cisco, Texas, on Nov. 6 to watch a worship service from the First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth. The Central Texas Conference is supporting such groups and calling them Oasis Fellowships. Photo courtesy of the Central Texas Conference. Photo by Greg Qualls.

Conferences reach out to those grieving disaffiliation

In various ways, U.S. annual conferences are offering support to faithful United Methodists who were on the losing side of a local church vote to disaffiliate.

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