Social Concerns
People run at a protest as barricades burn during rainfall in Harare, Zimbabwe. United Methodists are calling for prayers for peace amid clashes between protesters and security force following a spike in fuel prices. Photo by Philimon Bulawayo, Reuters. Do not reuse. One time use.

Updated: Zimbabwe faces violence, record fuel prices

United Methodists are calling for prayers for peace after protests, sparked by soaring fuel prices, led to a government crackdown and blocked internet.
Bishops pray with representatives from the unofficial advocacy group Love Prevails during the Council of Bishops meeting in November. The group asked the bishops to address the LGBTQ community. Pictured from left are Bishops Grant Hagiya and Linda Lee praying with the Rev. Amy DeLong and her wife, Val Zellmer. Photo by the Rev. Maidstone Mulenga, Council of Bishops.

LGBTQ churchgoers wary of bishops' letter

The Council of Bishops addressed the global LGBTQ community. But the letter disappointed a number of its intended readers.
Mission and Ministry
The Rev. Juliet Chirowa speaks at Sunningdale United Methodist Church in Harare, Zimbabwe. She said the church should influence policy by standing up for justice including comprehensive care for victims of human trafficking. Photo by Priscilla Muzerengwa, UMNS.

United Methodists fight human trafficking

Zimbabwe East Conference leaders ask congregations to raise awareness and offer counseling and rehabilitation for survivors.
Samuel Oliver-Bruno, (left) hugs his wife and son in a photo taken earlier this year. Oliver-Bruno had taken refuge in CityWell United Methodist Church in Durham, N.C., while applying to remain in the U.S. to care for his ill wife. He was arrested by ICE officials Nov. 23. Photo by Anna Carson Dewitt, courtesy of CityWell United Methodist Church.

Church extends support to deported man

A man who found sanctuary in a United Methodist church has now been deported to Mexico. The U.S. congregation is working for his return.

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