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Thanos, a prominent villain in Marvel comic books who was featured in several theatrical movies, was created by Jim Starlin with help from his roommate Mike Friedrich, who wrote the first stories featuring the character. Photo courtesy of Disney Movies.

Deacon went from superheroes to God

The Rev. Mike Friedrich is a United Methodist deacon with a Marvel-ous past. These days, the former comic book writer works to redevelop church properties in the California-Nevada Conference.
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Tapiwa Nyawasha cuts strips from scrap pieces of plastic that she will use to make bed, bath and door mats as a way to increase income and empower widows and single mothers. Tapiwa  is a member of Kuwadzana Extension United Methodist Church in Harare, Zimbabwe. Photo by Chenayi Kumuterera, UM News.

From trash to cash: Zimbabwe woman launches venture

By recycling plastic and cloth, Tapiwa Nyawasha supports herself and her church and encourages others to do likewise.
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Sen. Richard Lugar (right) and University of Indianapolis president Robert Manuel announce the planned launch of the United Methodist-related school’s Richard G. Lugar Academy. Lugar, a long-time member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, died April 28, 2019. File photo courtesy of the University of Indianapolis.

Faith laid foundation for Lugar's public service

Former U.S. senator from Indiana, who died April 28, was a committed United Methodist.
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Molly McNamara. Photo courtesy of Stephanie McNamara.

Commentary: 'God can do anything'

Molly McNamara tells how operating a lemonade stand for 10 years impacted her faith.

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