“The current religious-political and socio-economic situation in Nigeria must serve as a clarion call for The United Methodist Church in Nigeria and its international partners to come up with supports, programs and campaigns aimed at improving the conditions of United Methodists and other people in Nigeria.” — Nigeria Area Bishop John Wesley Yohanna.
United Methodists in Nigeria focus on future
LAGOS, Nigeria (UMNS) — The United Methodist Church in Nigeria held a roundtable last month to develop a strategic plan for the future of the church. Nigeria Area Bishop John Wesley Yohanna said the three-day discussion, organized by the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, was urgent due to Nigeria’s economic struggles and population boom. The Rev. Ande I. Emmanuel reports.
Recalling violence against Filipino farmers
KIDAPAWAN CITY, Philippines (UMNS) — An interfaith worship service on the one-year anniversary of a bloody attack on farmers in the Philippines was organized by the United Methodist bishop’s office in the Davao area. Gladys P. Mangiduyos has the story.
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Stained-glass window is survivor
COPEVILLE, Texas (UMNS) — A 107-year-old stained-glass window depicting Christ has survived four moves, a tornado and a fire and now occupies a prominent place at Copeville’s Community United Methodist Church. The Rev. Katie Shockley reports for the North Texas Conference.
Bishop: Lessons learned from men in Zimbabwe
MUTARE, Zimbabwe (UMNS) — Mississippi Area Bishop James Swanson reflects on the lessons he learned from a group of men in Zimbabwe, including living well on very little.
Slaughter speaks at Leadership Institute
FAYETTE, Mo. (UMNS) — When the Rev. Mike Slaughter was appointed to Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church, the Ohio congregation had 90 people with a $27,000 annual budget — including Slaughter’s salary. Today, Ginghamsburg is one of the denomination’s best-attended churches. Slaughter will be the keynote speaker at the Leadership Institute on April 27 at Central Methodist University.
April 28 Creation care event ties in to DC march
ARLINGTON, Va. (UMNS) — The 10th annual United Methodist Caretakers of God's Creation Conference is set April 28 at Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, the day before the National People’s Climate Movement March in Washington. Speakers include the Rev. Fletcher Harper of Green Faith, and the Rev. Jenny Phillips, Pacific Northwest Conference. Bill McKibben, the United Methodist co-founder of 350.org, and Michele Roberts, Environmental Justice Health Alliance, will preach during the closing communion service. Participants also can take part in the national climate march on April 29, said Jaydee Hanson, chair of the event.
Here are some of the activities ahead for United Methodists across the connection. If you have a United Methodist event to share, you can add it to the calendar with this submission form.
Tuesday, April 11
The Generosity Ingredient: A Disciple’s Relationship to Money — 9:30-10:30 a.m. CDT. The second session in this webinar series will unpack the perceptions and baggage people often have in talking about money in the church. Led by the Rev. Ken Sloane, Discipleship Ministries' director of stewardship and connectional ministries, all four sessions are recorded for pastors who cannot attend or miss a session. The last two sessions are scheduled April 25 and May 9. Details