NEWS AND FEATURES
Filipino pastors fear for safety
CANDON CITY, Philippines (UM News) — Amid a strict home quarantine on the island of Luzon, two United Methodist pastors said they fear for their safety because of harassment and intimidation related to their social justice work. Bishops and other church leaders have condemned the military surveillance and intimidation. Gladys P. Mangiduyos reports.
Mississippi church property dispute settled
LOUISVILLE, Miss. (UM News) — The Mississippi Conference and a Louisville congregation settled a 2-year-old lawsuit filed after most of the congregation voted to leave The United Methodist Church. Heather Hahn has the story.
Caldwell still preaching after guilty plea
HOUSTON (UM News) — Kirbyjon Caldwell, former pastor of a United Methodist megachurch, has surrendered his clergy credentials and awaits sentencing in federal court, having pled guilty March 11 to a fraud charge. But Caldwell remains on staff at Windsor Village United Methodist Church and will preach there occasionally as a lay preacher, Texas Conference Bishop Scott Jones said. Sam Hodges reports.
Pastor discusses recovery in isolation
COLUMBIA, Mo. — For many people struggling with addiction, groups are important. The Rev. Shane Laswell, minister of Morning Star United Methodist Church’s Celebrate Recovery, is worried about the forced isolation because of COVID-19. He has come up with some tips and alternatives.
Wespath Benefits and Investments
Wespath urges companies to support workers during crisis
GLENVIEW, Ill. — Wespath Benefits and Investments has joined a group of global institutional investors in signing a coronavirus response statement urging companies to make welfare of their stakeholders a priority and to consider proactive steps such as paid leave and employment retention. The United Methodist Church’s pension agency also is appealing to banks to support borrowers and small businesses through actions such as increased credit lines or reducing monthly loan payments for the next several months.
Read press release
UM News includes in the Daily Digest various commentaries about issues in the denomination. The opinion pieces reflect a variety of viewpoints and are the opinions of the writers, not the UM News staff.
Adapting worship in a time of pandemic
LAKELAND, Fla. — The coronavirus pandemic isn’t the first crisis to force people of faith to worship apart from their community. But in a time that requires “great adaptation,” the Rev. Paul W. Chilcote, a retired professor, writes about how social distancing can lead to authentic and faithful worship.
Higher Education and Ministry
E-resources for education and ministry available
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — As almost every aspect of ministry is now being conducted online, the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry has created a collection of resources to help foster online education and ministry. The E-Resources page will offer online training, webinars and downloadable materials.
Churches improvise as different Holy Week looms
AU shifts to online classes, some students stay on campus
Monday, April 6
Deadline for virtual choir videos