Social Concerns

Human Rights
Helene Bataku (in orange dress), a member of Mwambangu United Methodist Church in Fizi, has learned to read and write at a new vocational center led by The United Methodist Church in Fizi, Congo. She said the center offers women new opportunities and a chance to catch up to their peers. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UM News.

Church helps train marginalized women, youth

More than 100 women and 50 youth are receiving weekly training at a new vocational center that was built through a collaboration between The United Methodist Church in East Congo and the Congolese government.
Social Concerns
The Rev. Solomon Rogers speaks to a crowd gathered for a special handoff ceremony Jan. 15 in western Freetown, Sierra Leone. The event marks the end of a seven-year land dispute between The United Methodist Church’s Sierra Leone Conference and neighboring Masantigie community. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UM News.

Sierra Leone church celebrates end of land dispute

Even as United Methodists and the Masantigie community signed a resolution, the Ministry of Lands issued a stern warning about keeping the peace.
Human Rights
Bishop Rodolfo A. Juan (center) and the Rev. Rubynell Estrella lead a candlelight prayer service at United Methodist Church in Manila for Lumad farmers caught in a violent protest at the Spottswood United Methodist Church in April 2016. United Methodist leaders have condemned a recent raid on a mission center that houses 500 displaced Lumad in Mindanao, Philippines. File photo courtesy of Gladys P. Mangiduyos, UM News.

Filipino United Methodists defend Lumad sanctuary

Bishop, church leaders condemn closure order, raid on mission center that houses 500 displaced indigenous people in Mindanao, Philippines.
Mission and Ministry
Eric Nyenow (left) and Emmanuel Gbuie, residents of the United Methodist New Life Recovery Center, review their notes during an addiction and substance abuse seminar in Monrovia, Liberia. The United Methodist Church in Liberia hosted the seminar to help local churches expand and strengthen their recovery ministries. Photo by E Julu Swen, UM News.

Church in Liberia focuses on addiction ministries

United Methodist seminar helps churches expand and strengthen programs for those struggling with substance abuse.

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