Social Concerns

Human Rights
Anti-extradition demonstrators march to call for democratic reforms, in Hong Kong, China, July 21, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu.

As Hong Kong protests continue, so do prayers

Methodist resident says Christians reach out to both protesters and the government in a spirit of prayer.
Social Concerns
A train loaded with coal sits on the tracks inside the now-bankrupt mining company Blackjewel's former Black Mountain mining complex. United Methodist churches have stepped up to offer food, school supplies and help with utility bills to out-of-work miners. Photo by Charles Mostoller/Reuters photo

Churches step up to help unemployed miners

After the sudden bankruptcy of the Blackjewel mining company last month, United Methodists are helping with food, utility bills, school supplies and information.
Social Concerns
UMCNext, a coalition that includes Reconciling Ministries Network, Uniting Methodists and Mainstream UMC, has offered a plan that would end The United Methodist Church's restrictions against same-sex weddings and LGBTQ ordination and offer a gracious exit to local churches that disagree with those changes.

UMCNext plan would end LGBTQ restrictions

Coalition of centrists and progressives favors removing restrictions on LGBTQ ordination and same-sex weddings, allowing exit plan for churches that disagree.
Social Concerns
Motorists line up to purchase fuel in Harare, Zimbabwe. Power shortages in the country are affecting United Methodist hospitals, schools and churches. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UM News.

Energy crisis takes toll on Zimbabwe church

Daily power outages are affecting The United Methodist Church and its related ministries, including hospitals and schools.

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