“She created a set of stories that allowed her … to tell what had happened, but framed it theologically in a way that was about life, not death.” — Ken Guest, about his mother, the Rev. Frances Helen Foley Guest.
NEWS AND FEATURES
For this pastor, storytelling became a ministry
NEW YORK (UM News) — The late Rev. Frances Helen Foley Guest spent three and a half years with her Methodist missionary parents in a Japanese prison camp. Guest, the denomination’s first Crusade Scholar in 1945, made that experience the foundation of her lifelong ministry. Linda Bloom has the story.
Conference acts on protocol, Christmas Covenant
TAGAYTAY CITY, Philippines (UM News) — The Philippines Conference Cavite has endorsed and sent to the 2020 General Conference legislation for the Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation and for the Christmas Covenant. Both proposals foresee major change for The United Methodist Church. Gladys P. Mangiduyos and Sam Hodges report.
United Methodist Communications
Ham radio boosts disaster preparedness
DUMAGUETE, Philippines — Ham radio is a hobby around the world. United Methodists have found amateur radio also can be a lifesaving tool in the Philippines, a country beset by typhoons, earthquakes and volcanic activity. Feb. 13 is designated by UNESCO as World Radio Day.
UNESCO World Radio Day
Layman offers Plain Grace Plan
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis Conference layman Frank Holbrook has submitted to the 2020 General Conference his own Plain Grace Plan for the future of The United Methodist Church. He says it “focuses on the means of multiplying witness and not the underlying disputes” about doctrine or social issues. Lane Gardner Camp reports on the effort by Holbrook, a retired lawyer and certified mediator.
Religion and Race
29 ways to participate in Black History Month
WASHINGTON — No matter a person’s heritage, culture or racial background, black history is everyone’s story. For the 29 days of February 2020, the Commission on Religion and Race has put together 29 ways United Methodists can celebrate and participate in Black History Month.
UMW project helps rural girls stay in school
Faithful giving in a time of change
Wednesday, March 4-Saturday, March 7
Black Methodists for Church Renewal General Meeting