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The Rev. Solomon Rogers speaks to a crowd gathered for a special handoff ceremony Jan. 15 in western Freetown, Sierra Leone. The event marks the end of a seven-year land dispute between The United Methodist Church’s Sierra Leone Conference and neighboring Masantigie community. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UM News.

Sierra Leone church celebrates end of land dispute

Even as United Methodists and the Masantigie community signed a resolution, the Ministry of Lands issued a stern warning about keeping the peace.
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Some 575 people fill First United Methodist Church in Little Rock, Ark., for a Resist Harm worship service. The service was part of a nationwide effort to show support for LGBTQ Christians and counter the denomination’s Traditional Plan, which went into effect Jan. 1. Photo courtesy of Resist Harm.

Resistance to Traditional Plan accelerates

An organized effort to show solidarity with LGBTQ Christians and oppose church restrictions on LGBTQ inclusion is in full swing across the U.S.
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Congolese youth, including United Methodists, pray for peace, during an ecumenical Church of Christ in Congo gathering in Bukavu, Congo. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UM News.

United Methodists killed in Congo violence

A resurgence of attacks by armed groups in Beni has left more than 75 church families displaced alongside thousands of others in East Congo.