Mission and Ministry

Social Concerns
United Methodist Bishop Gabriel Yemba Unda urges the church to help seek the restoration of peace in Eastern Congo during a “peace caravan” in Tunda, Congo. As part of its 100-year celebration, the church organized a caravan of peace to reflect on the Social Principles and encourage peace in the region. Photo By Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UM News.

United Methodists organize peace caravan in the Congo

Participants laud the church’s acceptance of all people, regardless of tribal affiliation.
Theology and Education
The United Methodist Church’s episcopal residence in Monrovia, Liberia, will be turned over to the United Methodist University’s Graduate School of Professional Studies. Photo by E Julu Swen, UM News.

Episcopal residence decommissioned for educational use in Liberia

The property will be used by the United Methodist University’s Graduate School of Professional Studies.
General Church
A stained-glass window at St. John the Baptist’s Anglican Church in Ashfield, New South Wales, illustrates Jesus’ description of himself as the Good Shepherd. A new Ipsos poll offers insight into how Christians are viewed today. Photo by Toby Hudson, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Poll about Jesus raises questions

Nearly half of people who took a survey about attitudes about Jesus and Christianity said believers are giving and loving. But a significant minority say they’re hypocritical and judgmental. United Methodist professors and pastors offer thoughts on the poll results.
Mission and Ministry
United Methodist Bishop Gabriel Yemba Unda (right) leads the procession to the 100th anniversary celebration for Methodism in Congo. The celebration was held in Tunda, site of a former Methodist mission station and hospital. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UM News.

Celebrating 100 years of mission in Eastern Congo

United Methodist involvement started in a tiny village with a small number of faithful, said Bishop Mande Muyombo, and now Eastern Congo has more than a million members.

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