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
John Mark Santiago, former student governor of the College of Education local council at Wesleyan University-Philippines, signs paperwork to have his blood tested at an HIV and AIDS education and prevention forum at the university in Cabanatuan City, Philippines, on Oct. 30. Photo by Jon Balagan

Filipino United Methodists focus on HIV epidemic

Church leaders and youth are among those collaborating on ways to stop the “ugly and alarming” rise in HIV cases in the Philippines.
General Church
Kevin Dunn presents an overview of U.S. United Methodist membership data to the General Council on Finance and Administration board during its Nov. 15 meeting in Nashville, Tenn. He is the agency’s director of data services. Among the bright spots he pointed to was the church’s growth in Hispanic and multiracial members. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UM News.

US dips below majority of membership

United Methodist leaders project that by now at least half of the denomination lives outside the U.S.
Local Church
Girls from the rural Notazana Village in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa receive a donation of sanitary pads from the United Methodist Youth Fellowship. Photo by Nandipha Mkwalo, UM News.

Donation helps rural girls stay in school

United Methodist youth group in South Africa donates sanitary pads, underwear to disadvantaged families in Eastern Cape village.