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Juan Martinez shows off his renewed Mexican passport outside Kingwood United Methodist Church in northeast Houston. The church provided office space and volunteers as a team from the Mexican Consulate in Houston worked to issue and update official documents for Mexicans living in the Houston area and beyond. Photo by Sam Hodges, UM News.

Church partners with Mexican Consulate

Kingwood United Methodist of Houston provides space, volunteers for push to help Mexican citizens in the U.S. get Mexican passports and other documents.
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Gordon Yu (left) and Julian Kim record a scene for the film “Happy Cleaners,” which examines the lives of working-class Korean Americans. Photo by Janice Chung.

Film puts Korean Americans center stage

The film “Happy Cleaners” takes a look at the lives of working-class Korean Americans and was written and directed by two United Methodists.
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Members of the worship team at CityWell United Methodist Church in Durham, N.C., prepare to record an online worship service in 2020. A new study of United Methodist churches finds racially diverse congregations are more likely to grow over time. File photo courtesy of CityWell United Methodist Church.

Racial diversity linked to church growth

A study of more than 20,000 United Methodist churches in the U.S. found that multiracial churches had higher worship attendance over time.
Racism
The Rev. Chenda Innis Lee discusses anonymous letters criticizing her appearance that she received from among the congregation at Fairlington United Methodist Church in Alexandria, Va., where she serves as associate pastor.

Virginia church contemplates racism in the ranks

Anonymous letters criticizing the appearance of its African associate pastor have led to self-reflection for a Virginia congregation and a “Do No Harm” campaign seeking changes in The United Methodist Church.

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