Social Concerns

Poverty
Camille Cody (left), a volunteer with Centenary Community Ministries Inc. in Macon, Ga., looks over paperwork while talking with a man about the U.S. government’s stimulus check program. Volunteers have to date helped more than 50 homeless and poor people fill out the complicated tax forms and applications required to receive a check. Photo courtesy of Centenary Community Ministries Facebook page.

Churches extend helping hands to homeless

United Methodists keeping in touch with homeless, vulnerable while staying safe during pandemic.
Mission and Ministry
A mural warns residents of the danger posed by the COVID-19 outbreak in the Navajo Nation near Shiprock, N.M. The United Methodist Church’s Four Corners Native American Ministry is helping support tribal members and front-line workers on the reservation. Photo by Andrew Hay, REUTERS.

United Methodist ministry aids Navajo Nation

The Four Corners Native American Ministry is among those helping tribal members and front-line workers as COVID-19 cases continue to rise on the reservation.
Mission and Ministry
Volunteer Elyssa Bollinger packages gleaned sweet potatoes for distribution to local residents and for delivery to shut-ins during a socially distanced Society of St. Andrew “potato drop” at First United Methodist Church in Mt. Olive, N.C., where Bollinger is a member. Most of the loose potatoes were placed into pick-up trucks bound for feeding agencies and church food pantries. Photo by Michael Binger, Society of St. Andrew.

Reclaiming more food to fill pandemic gaps

The Society of St. Andrew, which has always tackled food waste, is trying to help with increased demand during the coronavirus pandemic.
Social Concerns
Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old man from Brunswick, Ga., was shot and killed Feb. 23, but it was only after the May 5 release of a video of the incident that Gregory McMichael and his son Travis McMichael were charged in the killing. Family photo courtesy of Twitter.

Georgia shooting sparks call to end racism

United Methodist church leaders are calling for the eradication of racism after the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed black man who was killed in Georgia.

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