Mission and Ministry

Evangelism
The Rev. Joel Q. Bengbeng (center), superintendent of the Ilocos South District in the Northwest Philippines, is among the United Methodist pastors from the Baguio Episcopal Area who say they have experienced harassment due to their social justice work. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Hinivuu Pecaat.

Filipino pastors fear for safety

Church leaders condemn attempts to intimidate pastors involved in social justice work.
Theology and Education
Students and staff practice social distancing in order to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus as they wait to enter the dining hall at Africa University in Mutare, Zimbabwe. The cafeteria has changed serving and seating arrangements, and meal times have been extended to three hours so those on campus do not all have to be served at the same time. Photo by the Africa University office of Advancement and Public Affairs.

AU shifts to online classes, some students stay on campus

The United Methodist university is practicing social distancing to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Evangelism
Lydie Acquah (front) joins in singing during the 10th anniversary celebration for the Voice of Hope (La Voix de l’Espérance), the radio station of The United Methodist Church in Côte d’Ivoire, at Jubilee United Methodist Church in Abidjan. Acquah is the station’s director. Photo by Isaac Broune, UM News.

Voice of Hope radio extends reach in Côte d’Ivoire

Bishop Boni announced the news of a new frequency in Abengourou during a celebration of the radio station’s 10th anniversary.
Worship
Bible scholar Paul Franklyn helps lead the Friendship Sunday school class of Belmont United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn., by video conference Sunday, March 15, 2020, after church leadership encouraged people to worship from home in response to the coronavirus. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Ask The UMC: How can we be in ministry when we cannot be together?

While nothing replaces being physically together in ministry, there are tools to help us remain connected when it is impossible for us to meet safely.

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