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The Connectional Table, a United Methodist leadership body, identifies COVID-19 vaccine distribution as a missional priority for the denomination. The move aims to strengthen ongoing efforts to get shots in arms. Photo by Arek Socha, courtesy of Pixabay; graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

COVID-19 vaccination named missional priority

The Connectional Table, which acts as a church council for the denomination, boosts United Methodist efforts to get people around the globe inoculated against COVID-19.
Global Health
A worshipper's temperature is taken before he is allowed into the worship service July 19, 2020, at Charles Davies United Methodist Church in western Freetown, Sierra Leone. On Aug. 16, a ban on congregational worship was lifted in the country, but churches must adhere to guidelines, including the use of face masks, social distancing and limiting services to 90 minutes. File photo by Phileas Jusu, UM News.

Despite Ebola lessons, COVID-19 challenges Africans

The more contagious delta variant, vaccine availability and skepticism are among the obstacles facing health officials and United Methodists in Africa.
Global Health
The Rev. Jisu Jang dips a shell into water during an Aug. 24 Renewal of Baptism and Shell Service at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington. The service uses shells as a symbol of students’ journey of faith and ministry. Wesley is resuming on-campus gatherings, albeit with vaccination and mask mandates, after a long period of remote learning due to the pandemic. Photo by Lisa Helfert Photography for Wesley Theological Seminary, 2021.

Colleges, seminaries grapple with shot, mask mandates

As another fall term begins in the COVID-19 pandemic, United Methodist schools are trying to make campus life as normal as possible while also putting in place vaccination and masking polices.
Mission and Ministry
Husen Chacha, project supervisor of a farming project sponsored by Moheto First United Methodist Church in Kenya’s Migori County, removes the husk from maize to demonstrate the quality of his plants. The church’s partnership with Pannar Seed Company has helped farmers improve their crops. The church also is offering training in new farming techniques and extension services. Photo by Gad Maiga, UM News.

Church farming project grows skills in rural Kenya

Moheto First United Methodist Church extends training opportunities and offers seed funding to farmers.

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