Faith Stories

Mission and Ministry
Elizabeth Shulman’s book, “Finding Sanctuary in the Midst of Alzheimer’s,” offers insights on how congregations can minister to people who are caregivers for family members suffering from dementia. Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Shulman.

Book aims to help dementia caregivers cope

A new book by a former United Methodist pastor and health care chaplain offers group exercises to empower caregivers and to help congregations be in ministry with them.
Local Church
Toendepi Samson Marikasi sobs with grief over the loss of his wife, Alice Marikasi, 87, and her sister, Ellah Muti, 90, during a special memorial service at St. James Hwedza United Methodist Church in Zimbabwe. Pastor Daniel Luckson consoles him. United Methodist churches in Zimbabwe held services where people who lost loved ones during COVID-19 could gather to console one another and celebrate life — things they were unable to do during pandemic restrictions. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UM News.

Church offers closure to grieving families

United Methodist churches held memorial services where people who lost loved ones during COVID-19 gathered to console one another and celebrate life — things they were unable to do during pandemic restrictions.
Faith Stories
The Rev. Roberto Gómez made a large contribution to Hispanic ministry and The United Methodist Church more broadly as a pastor, district superintendent, agency board member, General Conference delegate, Course of Study instructor and more. He died on May 26, 2022. Photo courtesy of the Gómez family.

Hispanic pastor made large impact

The Rev. Roberto Gómez, who died recently at age 75, was a force in the Rio Grande Conference and beyond, including successfully pushing for a Spanish-language hymnal for The United Methodist Church.
Faith Stories
The Rev. Autura Eason-Williams addresses the 2020 Pre-General Conference Briefing in Nashville, Tenn. Eason-Williams, a district superintendent in what is now the Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference, was killed July 18 afternoon in an apparent carjacking. File photo by Kathleen Barry, UM News.

District superintendent killed in carjacking

The Rev. Autura Eason-Williams, a leader in the Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference, is being remembered for her exuberant Christian faith, her passion for justice and her generous hugs.

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