Faith Sharing

Bishop Swenson introduces leaders of other denominations present for the 2016 General Conference during the Ecumenical Day service. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Ask The UMC: What is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity?

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is an annual observance held January 18-25 in which all Christians everywhere are encouraged to pray for unity in love and mission.
Evangelism
United Methodist clergy conduct a graveside funeral service for Frederick Harris at Hills of Calvary Memorial Park in Nashville, Tenn., as part of the Call the Name program. The volunteer program, started by the Rev. Jay Voorhees (left), provides clergy to acknowledge deceased people who haven’t been claimed by anyone, making sure that their name is said aloud one last time and offering a short ritual of committal in their honor. Voorhees is joined by the Revs. Luke Lea (center) and James Cole (right). Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Making sure all are mourned

A United Methodist pastor with a ministry for people who are homeless has organized some of his peers to help ensure that everyone put to rest in Nashville, Tennessee, is respectfully mourned during a funeral service.
Local Church
The Rev. Nathan Webb is pastor of Checkpoint Church, which was designed to be exclusively virtual. The church utilizes social media platforms Twitch, Discord and YouTube to build community. Screenshot courtesy of Checkpoint Church via YouTube.

‘Church for nerds’ builds community without a building

As churches in the pandemic era have gotten creative with virtual worship, Checkpoint Church was designed to be exclusively virtual. They don’t even have a building.
Evangelism
The Rev. Thomas Kim. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UM News

A lamentation with hope for Afghanistan

Watching the news of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan reminds the Rev. Thomas Kim of time he spent with missionaries there following his brother-in-law’s death in a bombing.

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