Crime-fighting pastor takes to the streets


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Members of the Glen View Football Academy practice soccer on a makeshift field near Harare, Zimbabwe. They are part of a United Methodist program that reaches out to young addicts and other vulnerable youth to put them on a better path. Photo by Eveline Chikwanah, UM News.

United Methodists help young addicts kick habit

Church couple starts soccer academy in Zimbabwe to help fight drug and substance abuse and to rehabilitate local youth.
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The Rev. Ruth Marsh (right) comforts Angi Rogers, a guest in the day shelter at Trinity United Methodist Church in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Rogers had not been feeling well and Marsh settled her in a Sunday school classroom to get some rest. “Everybody here takes care of me and each other,” Rogers said. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Churches see lots of need this Advent

Many congregations and affiliated nonprofits in the U.S. are stepping up efforts to help low-income people squeezed by inflation and affordable housing shortages.
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Baldwin Israel Avendaño, pastor of Calexico (Calif.) United Methodist Church, describes the two possible routes for buses carrying recently released immigration detainees in Calexico. A right turn onto Paulin Avenue means the migrants will be released into the U.S. while they wait for an immigration hearing. A left turn means they will be deported. Avendaño regularly meets the buses coming from the nearby Imperial Regional Detention Facility to offer help contacting friends and family and to provide travel kits containing food, clothing and snacks for the migrants’ journeys. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

2021: The year in photos

Amid challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and uncertainties about the future of the denomination, United Methodists continued to live out their faith and serve their communities in 2021. Photographers from UM News documented a year in the life of the church worldwide.