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Students at Moscow Theological Seminary of The United Methodist Church have been leading online covenant groups for several years. Pictured are, from left:  Irina Rushkevich, Katerina Tokareva, Anna Klimina and Natalya Zaitseva. Photo courtesy of Sergei Nikolaev.

Covenant groups unite isolated Moscow seminary students

When the coronavirus forced self-isolation and social distancing, United Methodist seminary students in Moscow used their online covenant groups to maintain contact and fellowship.
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Martha “Granny” Mudzengerere shows off her new book, “Old Time Religion,” which includes spiritual guidance and history about The United Methodist Church in Zimbabwe. It is the 104-year-old’s first book. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UM News.

United Methodist pens first book at 104 years old

“Granny” Mudzengerere, one of the founding members of Zimbabwe’s women’s organization, shares advice, worship traditions and lessons from the past in ‘Old Time Religion.’
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In his role as a funeral chaplain in Zimbabwe, United Methodist Elison Kamupira uses his faith to comfort the grieving. He serves with a unique combination of compassion and humor. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UM News.

Funeral chaplain puts faith to work

United Methodist Elison Kamupira is a ‘pillar of strength’ for grieving families, an evangelist and a lively master of ceremonies.
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Dennis Valstad from Immanuel United Methodist Church at Vogue Dry Cleaners in Ribon, Wisconsin. Photo courtesy of Ripon Commonwealth Press-Express.

Mourners surprised by cut of estate

Dennis Valstad was a quiet, dedicated Ripon Immanuel United Methodist Church volunteer who arranged one more good deed six weeks after his death.

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