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United Methodists, led by the Rev. Recto Baguio, superintendent of the Mindanao Central East District, distribute food to communities struggling during the coronavirus pandemic in the Philippines. The relief packs include rice, canned goods, noodles, sugar, salt, dried fish and soap. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Recto Baguio.

Filipinos on the margins hurt by COVID-19

United Methodists from the three episcopal areas have come together to provide food and other assistance during the pandemic.
General Conference
Minneapolis is scheduled to host the next General Conference on Aug. 29-Sept. 7, 2021. United Methodists in the Minnesota and Dakotas conferences have been making plans to host General Conference in Minneapolis since 2013. Photo by Krivit Photography, courtesy of Meet Minneapolis.

New General Conference dates announced

General Conference, postponed by pandemic, is scheduled for late summer 2021, despite requests those dates be changed.
Local Church
Mwinyi Taluhumbu, president of United Methodist Men in Eastern Congo, checks the corn in a field cultivated by the men’s group. The crop is providing cornmeal for pastors from United Methodist urban churches who are struggling amid the coronavirus confinement. Photo by Chadrack Tambwe Londe, UM News.

African churches ease pandemic’s hunger blow

United Methodist congregations continue to support church members and communities struggling with hunger amid the COVID-19 crisis.
Local Church
Volunteer Alli Carter (left) and Alan Becker (center) of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City load fresh produce into a refrigerated trailer as part of the church’s food outreach program that helps provide free meals to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by Ed Doney, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.

Tackling food insecurity caused by pandemic

Food-related ministries are a mainstay for United Methodists. Now churches are ramping up efforts in response to COVID-19.

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