Mission and Ministry

Theology and Education
Dr. David W. Scott. Photo © Hector Amador.

Autonomy, international division mark United Methodist tradition

The recent move by United Methodists in Bulgaria and Romania to leave the denomination is the latest in a history of separations within the Methodist tradition.
Racism
The Rev. Giovanni Arroyo serves as top executive of the United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race, the agency formed to hold the denomination accountable to its commitment to reject racism in the life of the church. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Asking the hard questions about race

A native of Puerto Rico, the Rev. Giovanni Arroyo knows firsthand what it’s like to be a minority in America, and that experience informs the way he pursues his mission as The United Methodist Church’s point person on inclusion.
Immigration
A guide using a raft made from inner tubes ferries people across the Suchiate River from Guatemala into Mexico near Ciudad Hidalgo. Migrants routinely cross the border into Mexico here, many of them hoping to eventually make their way to the United States. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Photo essay: Strangers and sojourners

As record numbers of migrants continue to cross Mexico’s southern border, the Methodist Church of Mexico is seeking new ways to be in ministry with immigrant families on the move. UM News accompanied church leaders and longtime partners as they sought ways to help. Mike DuBose reports.
Mission and Ministry
Farmers harvest rice in Pujehun, southern Sierra Leone in January. The farm is part of the Bishop Yambasu Agriculture Initiative, named in honor of late Bishop John K. Yambasu. During its virtual spring meeting, the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries approved $3.5 million to support the program’s agricultural projects. File photo by Phileas Jusu, UM News.

More church support for African agriculture

During a virtual meeting of United Methodist Global Ministries, church leaders voted to continue supporting the Bishop Yambasu Agricultural Initiative and other long-term priorities, such as global health, disaster response and migrant workers.

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