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Theology and Education
Bishop Scott Jones, who presided over the 12th annual gathering of the Laos Samphan Methodist Church mission in Vientiane, Laos, celebrates Holy Communion on Sept. 1. Members from across the country gathered Aug. 30-Sept. 4 for the first such gathering in Laos since the mission officially started in 2006. Photo by Thomas E. Kim, UM News.

Mission celebrates its first gathering in Laos in 16 years

The event brought together nearly 200 members for the ordination of new leaders, lectures, worship and other celebrations.
Local Church
High gas prices and inflation are affecting the ministries of United Methodist pastors in the U.S., who are dealing with increased demand at food pantries and other charities, as well as their own paychecks not stretching as far. Original photo by Paul Brennan, courtesy of Pixabay; graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Inflation, gas prices complicate ministries

Rising prices are affecting the ministries of United Methodists, especially rural multi-point charges. Pastors also are finding the buying power of their paychecks shrinking.
Human Rights
A view of the U.S. Supreme Court. United Methodists have varied reactions after the Supreme Court on June 24 overturned Roe v. Wade, holding that there is no longer a federal constitutional right to an abortion. Photo courtesy of the Architect of the Capitol.

United Methodists react to end of Roe v. Wade

United Methodists alternately expressed fear and contentment with the U.S. Supreme Court decision released June 24 that holds there is no longer a federal constitutional right to an abortion.