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Deaconesses pray during the commitment time and dedication of gifts and pledges to sustain the deaconess program at Harris Memorial College in Taytay, Philippines. Photo by Gladys Mangiduyos, UMNS.

Amid struggles, deaconess movement flourishes in the Philippines

Called to ministries of love, justice and service, more than 400 Filipina deaconesses — and their counterparts around the world — teach, preach and reach out to the marginalized.
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The Rev. Jisun Kwak. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Kwak.

Church courts finds clergywoman not guilty

The decision culminates a two-and-half-year process that began with the Rev. Jisun Kwak’s suspension. She was found not guilty on all counts.
Social Concerns
The Rev. Kenneth Mtata implores church leaders in Zimbabwe to “see, judge and act” to help combat extremism in the country following clashes over fuel price hikes that left 12 people dead and hundreds injured. Mtata, who leads the Zimbabwe Council of Churches, spoke during a two-day workshop in Harare to help address the crisis. Photo by Taurai Emmanuel Maforo, UMNS.

Church leaders urged to 'see, judge, act' amid unrest

United Methodists join ecumenical meeting to look for ways to build sustainable peace in Zimbabwe.
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The Rev. Cynthia Abrams, a United Methodist clergywoman and social justice advocate, is pictured in her office at the Board of Church and Society in 2012. Abrams died Jan. 11 at the age of 58. File photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Native American clergywoman took justice to heart

The Rev. Cynthia Abrams is being remembered as a committed, compassionate leader who found her voice through The United Methodist Church.

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