Social Concerns

Kendra Weddle. Photo courtesy of the author.

Paradox on the plains

When Kansans voted recently to protect abortion rights, they continued a rich history of advocacy.
Mission and Ministry
United Methodist Bishop Gabriel Yemba Unda prays for peanuts produced during the last growing season in Kindu, Congo. With an estimated 27 million people facing food insecurity in the country, the East Congo bishop has called for redoubling efforts to combat hunger through agriculture. Photo by Chadrack Tambwe Londe, UM News.

Church responds as famine threatens Congo

United Methodist Bishop Gabriel Yemba Unda, East Congo Episcopal Area, calls for amplifying agricultural activities to fight food insecurity.
Bishops
Bishops Cedrick D. Bridgeforth (left), Carlo A. Rapanut and Dottie Escobedo-Frank are consecrated during a service held Nov. 5 at Christ United Methodist Church in Salt Lake City. The Rev. W. Timothy McClendon has filed a complaint against all of the Western Jurisdiction’s bishops for the consecration of Bridgeforth, who is the denomination’s first openly gay man to be elected a bishop. Photo by Miya Kim for the Western Jurisdictional Conference.

Complaint filed against gay bishop's consecration

In a highly unusual move, the complaint against Western Jurisdiction bishops is online and garnering signatures from around the globe. The complaint comes after each of the five U.S. jurisdictions passed a resolution urging The United Methodist Church to affirm LGBTQ people.
Mission and Ministry
Bishop Eben K. Nhiwatiwa paints a door while working with a Volunteers in Mission team in July at the United Methodist Hanwa Mission Primary School in Zimbabwe. Photo by Erik Alsgaard.

Bishop exhibits servant leadership at mission school

Zimbabwe Area Bishop Eben K. Nhiwatiwa inspires others by joining a Volunteers in Mission team in painting a new mega-block at a church mission school.

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