Church camps combine faith and fun

When it comes to eating s'mores under starry skies and singing songs around a campfire, little has changed over the years. There's still no place like summer camp.

The United Methodist Church has a great commitment to camping. The denomination offers one of the largest camp and retreat networks, with 220 centers serving a million people a year.

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Mission and Ministry
Mellan Nyagato (left) poses with her siblings in Harare, Zimbabwe. The Africa University junior is coping with her father’s death from COVID-19 while studying online with her sisters. Photo courtesy of Mellan Nyagato.

AU student copes with father’s death from COVID-19

Studying online with two younger siblings, Mellan Nyagato battles grief and worries about the future.
Theology and Education
Africa University Chaplain the Rev. Maudy Muchanyereyi is among members of the university community providing emotional support to students and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo courtesy of Africa University.

COVID-19 alters dreams at Africa University

As students and staff mourn the loss of family and friends, AU provides emotional support and encouragement.
Global Health
The Rev. Jisu Jang dips a shell into water during an Aug. 24 Renewal of Baptism and Shell Service at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington. The service uses shells as a symbol of students’ journey of faith and ministry. Wesley is resuming on-campus gatherings, albeit with vaccination and mask mandates, after a long period of remote learning due to the pandemic. Photo by Lisa Helfert Photography for Wesley Theological Seminary, 2021.

Colleges, seminaries grapple with shot, mask mandates

As another fall term begins in the COVID-19 pandemic, United Methodist schools are trying to make campus life as normal as possible while also putting in place vaccination and masking polices.