Social Concerns

General Church
The Rev. Gary W. Graves, secretary of the General Conference, speaks to the press following the conclusion of the special session in St. Louis. To the right is Bishop Kenneth H. Carter. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Task force to investigate GC2019 voting

General Conference organizers have named a 12-member task force to look into potential voting irregularities at the special session.
Social Concerns
Bishop Karen Oliveto (right) shares bread with a delegate during a February 23, 2019, worship service in the special session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church. Oliveto leads the Mountain Sky Area of The United Methodist Church.  Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS.

Resources, prayers offered for LGBTQ youth

Church leaders who fear the recent 2019 General Conference votes on homosexuality might harm LGBTQ youth are offering resources to help.
Violence
The United Methodist Women Association Cameroon hosts a workshop in Obala, Cameroon, to address gender-based violence in the country. Photo by Collette Ndobe.

Cameroon UMW confront gender-based violence

More than 50 women, representing diverse experiences and roles, gain knowledge to reduce vulnerability to violence and discrimination in a patriarchal society.
Social Concerns
A local agriculture extension officer teaches members of the Odzani Swarm Charm how to separate honey   and wax using a honey separator. As part of the United Methodist Women project, the women manage   beehives and sell the honey and its by-products to provide for their families and local church. Photo   by Kudzai Chingwe, UMNS.

Church empowers rural women in Zimbabwe

Church-sponsored projects, including beekeeping, small-scale farming and craft making are helping rural women in Zimbabwe survive the struggling economy.

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