Human Rights

Social Concerns
The faithful sing religious songs outside the Legislative Council building in Hong Kong as they protest a proposed extradition bill with China. One hymn in particular, “Sing Hallelujah to the Lord,” has become an unofficial anthem, says Ben Ho, a Methodist from Hong Kong. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Christian hymn unites Hong Kong protesters

Song has helped defuse tensions during massive demonstrations and has become movement’s anthem, says a Hong Kong Methodist.
Social Concerns
From left, the Rev. Glofie Baluntong, a United Methodist district superintendent, and the Revs. Wilfredo Yasay, Resty Herrera and Corazon Florece stand in front of the mission center at Dangay 3000 United Methodist Church in Roxas, Philippines. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Glofie Baluntong.

Police question United Methodists about sanctuary guests

A district superintendent and pastor in the Philippines said police intimidated and threatened them for offering sanctuary to human rights workers.
Violence
Yakuba Barka has been at an internally displaced persons camp in Jalingo, Nigeria, for four years. He and his family fled their home in Chibok when the area was attacked by the Boko Haram terrorist group. Barka and his family journeyed for two years before making their way to the camp. Photo by Tim Tanton, UM News.

Church provides aid to Nigerians displaced by violence

Ten camps for internally displaced persons around Jalingo are sheltering people who have fled violence perpetrated by Boko Haram or conflicts involving groups such as the Fulani herdsmen.
Theology and Education
Girls outnumber boys at The United Methodist Church’s Arnoldine Mission in Zimbabwe, but that’s not the case at the mission’s primary and secondary schools. School officials say the numbers of girls enrolled in school is worrisome. By Kudzai Chingwe.

Mission’s schools see drop in girls’ enrollment

Despite a higher birth rate at United Methodist Arnoldine Mission, fewer girls attend the primary and secondary schools.

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