NEWS AND FEATURES
Top court meets in aftermath of GC2019
EVANSTON, Ill. (UMNS) — The United Methodist Church's top court meets April 23-26 to review the Traditional Plan adopted by the special General Conference, along with an exit plan that would allow local churches to leave the denomination. Linda Bloom has the preview.
Mission agency expresses solidarity with Sri Lankans
ATLANTA — The top executive of The United Methodist Church's mission agency joined the chorus of Christian and other religious voices in condemning the terrorist bombings of churches and other places in Sri Lanka on Easter. "Such violence is an attack on both the Easter celebration of life and hope and an affront to the human aspiration for a world of peace and reconciliation,” said Thomas Kemper in a statement on behalf of the Board of Global Ministries.
Church groups condemn targeting of churches
GENEVA — The World Council of Churches, the National Council of Churches and the Christian Conference of Asia all issued statements condemning the bombing of churches in Sri Lanka. Nearly 300 people have died in the attacks, which the top executive of the World Council of Churches said were attacks on "religious peace and harmony." The United Methodist Church is a member of all three groups.
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East Congo women reach out to widows, orphans
BUKAVU, Congo (UMNS) — Unrest and an Ebola outbreak in East Congo have left many women without husbands, and children without fathers. United Methodist women from the Kivu Conference are stepping in to help. Philippe Kituka Lolonga has the story.
South Georgia Conference
Ministry helps sex-trafficking survivors
BRUNSWICK, Ga. — Just like a former crack house in downtown has been transformed into a bright spot in the neighborhood, a ministry in Brunswick is working to transform the lives of sex-trafficking survivors. Kara Witherow has the story.
East Ohio Conference
Equality of Liberians stressed at conference
PEPPER PIKE, Ohio — The collaboration between the Liberia Annual Conference and its United Methodist partners in the U.S. and Africa will be more equal going forward, said attendees of the Liberia Partner Summit. Every effort will be made to walk "side by side — not in front or in back," said Bunny Wolfe of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference. Rick Wolcott reports.
Authors explore creating vitality in congregations
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Joseph W. Daniels Jr. and Christie Latona write about connecting people, churches and partners to inspire hope and change in their communities in their book, "Connecting for a Change."
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