Human Rights

Social Concerns
The Rev. Susanne Nießner-Brose (right) listens while a 27-year-old Sudanese woman who asked that she be called Fatima relates her story of fleeing Sudan to seek religious freedom in Europe. She was taking asylum in 2017 at the United Methodist Church of the Redeemer in Bremen, Germany, where Nießner-Brose is pastor, and was later accepted as a refugee. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

A less welcoming place for refugees

As the migration crisis continues, Europe “is becoming a fortress” where desperate people are being turned away, says a United Methodist pastor in Germany.
Social Concerns
The Big Garden, founded in 2005 by United Methodist Ministries, cultivates food security by developing community gardens, creating opportunities to serve, and providing education on issues related to hunger. Photo courtesy of biggarden.org.

Ask The UMC: Why do United Methodists observe Human Relations Day?

The Human Relations Day offering is one way United Methodists help bring the vision of the beloved community to fruition.
Social Concerns
Wisconsin Conference Bishop Hee-Soo Jung. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

My pursuit and dreams of Korean peace

More than 70 years since Korea split into North and South, Bishop Hee-Soo Jung still dreams of reunification for his homeland.
Human Sexuality
The Executive Committee of the United Methodist Church in Germany agreed to become more open and inclusive on matters relating to human sexuality during a video meeting Nov. 20-21. The decision seeks to preserve unity through a perspective of respectful coexistence as a way forward. Photo by Klaus Ulrich Ruof, United Methodist Communications Germany.

Norway, Germany move to more inclusivity

Top committee of German church agrees to be more open on human sexuality matters, while Norway Conference plans to issue a public apology to LGBTQ people.

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