Theology and Education

Mission and Ministry
A student at the United Methodist sewing center in Kamina, Congo, practices what she has learned from teacher Ilunga Nday Lebon (rear). Until recently, clerical shirts, United Methodist Women blouses and altar cloths were ordered from Lubumbashi, 370 miles from Kamina. Today, the items are sewn locally, saving time and money. Photo by Betty Kazadi Musau, UM News.

Sewing center nurtures girls, women in Congo

In North Katanga Conference, students learn to sew while building confidence and competence.
Mission and Ministry
Susanne Scholz (left) and the Rev. Billy Abraham, both professors at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, are ideological adversaries and unlikely friends. Photo by Hillsman Stuart Jackson, © Southern Methodist University.

Seminary professors are ideological adversaries, unlikely friends

You wouldn’t expect Susanne Scholz and William J. “Billy” Abraham to be good friends. On many issues, the two Perkins faculty members couldn’t be further apart. Yet their friendship has endured.
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The Rev. Michael Beck. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Michael Beck.

United Methodists are question-mark people

A pastor writes that church is for question-mark people who know they do not have all the answers. Even Jesus was comfortable with mystery.
Theology and Education
Clockwise from top left: Detail from Butyka Mausoleum by Globetrotter19, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons; stained glass window by Kathleen Barry, UM News; Bible and cross by Mike DuBose, UMNS; detail of aanchor and two fish courtesy of Catacombe Domitilla; the Rev. George Miller by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Ask The UMC: Why do missionaries wear an anchor cross?

When missionaries are commissioned for service, an anchor cross is placed around their necks, as a symbol of their call to mission service.

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