Social Concerns

Violence
A United Methodist pastor in Philadelphia, a crime victim herself, has found healing as she minsters to other crime victims in her role as a victim's advocate. Photo by Andrea Ferrario, courtesy of Unsplash.com; graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

A mission to help crime victims

The Rev. Myra Maxwell, co-pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church in south Philadelphia, also heads up victim support services for the district attorney’s office. She’s already walked in the steps of many of the people she counsels, as a crime victim herself.
Violence
The Rev. Dr. Michael L. Bowie Jr. Photo courtesy of the author.

It's time to remove the grave clothes

The slayings of two Black clergywomen show the need for the church to loosen its bonds in order to respond, just as Jesus ordered Lazarus unbound after raising him from the dead.
Social Concerns
With some congregations considering leaving The United Methodist Church or just wondering about its future, Ask The UMC offers a series of questions and answers to help clear up some common misperceptions or misinformation around disaffiliation. Graphic by Laurens Glass, United Methodist Communications.

Ask The UMC: Is The UMC really... ? (Part 2)

Ask The UMC responds to misinformation being spread about the policies of The United Methodist Church regarding human sexuality and whether they have changed or will soon be changed.
Social Concerns
Toendepi Samson Marikasi sobs with grief over the loss of his wife, Alice Marikasi, 87, and her sister, Ellah Muti, 90, during a special memorial service at St. James Hwedza United Methodist Church in Zimbabwe. Pastor Daniel Luckson consoles him. United Methodist churches in Zimbabwe held services where people who lost loved ones during COVID-19 could gather to console one another and celebrate life — things they were unable to do during pandemic restrictions. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UM News.

Ask The UMC: Valuing Life, Part 7 — Dying well: Caring for the dying and grieving

United Methodists receive and share Jesus' promise of abundant life even and especially in the face and aftermath of death.

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