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Matt Henson, prayer room volunteer, creates a “stained-glass” wall out of prayers offered by attendees of the 2019 General Conference in St. Louis. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Reaction to GC2019 remains strong

Strong opinions, including protests, offered on passage of Traditional Plan as churches and conferences meet to assess consequences and plan next steps.
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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.
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Thierry Muhindo, 17, a former street child, grooms a customer in Goma, Congo. Muhindo was taught to style hair by the Kivu Youth Peace Club. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UMNS.

Kivu Peace Club offers hope to former street children

Along with lessons in peaceful living, youth learn a trade and, more importantly, that others care.

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