The Rev. Fred Vanderwerf will return to Ukraine this fall for the first time since serving as a missionary there from 2000 to 2008. As the coordinator for In Mission Together: Ukraine under the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, he will be looking for ways to help.
Members of United Church of Two Harbors, which is associated with both The United Methodist Church and the Presbyterian Church, are getting solar light kits to Ukraine, where the war has resulted in many electric grids being destroyed.
With assistance from the United Methodist Committee on Relief, The United Methodist Church in Ukraine will create a refuge for internally displaced persons. Urs Schweizer reports on this and ongoing denominational relief work related to the war in Ukraine.
A large rally in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, held in the wake of a deadly school shooting, had strong representation from United Methodist clergy and laity. The agenda was to support stricter gun laws and other social justice goals that the organizer said are intertwined.