NEWS AND FEATURES
Church responds to chaplain’s call to help soldiers
WASHINGTON (UM News) — United Methodists responded generously when an Episcopal priest put out word that National Guard soldiers deployed in Washington needed help occupying themselves during downtime. Wesley Theological Seminary and others came through with Bibles, games and 150 copies of a new book about courage. Jim Patterson has the story.
Assault on US Capitol dismays United Methodists
West Virginia Conference
Bishops initiate conversations on racism
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball joined three of her predecessor West Virginia bishops in “Front Porch Conversations,” a video series inviting individuals and congregations into a conversation to raise awareness regarding racism and the work needed to eliminate it. The videos were created in response to a request from West Virginia pastors for resources to begin such conversations with their own congregations. The series has downloadable questions that can be used for group or personal study and reflection. Audrey Stanton-Smith reports.
Dealing with a backlog of grief
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — The Rev. David Howlett and his wife, Elaine, are experts in grief ministry, operating The Mourning Center at Christ United Methodist Church. They predict a lot of grief will surface once the pandemic lifts and congregations regather, with notable absences of those lost to COVID-19. They’ve created a guide for how churches can meet the need. Fred Koenig reports.
Western North Carolina Conference
Case studies sought on work with migrants
WASHINGTON — Since 2018, the United Methodist Council of Bishops has been working to strengthen the denomination’s concordat agreement with the Methodist Church of Britain. This year, the two denominations are working on exchanging information on migrant ministries. Churches that minister to migrants are invited to submit case studies by March 31.
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To submit case study
Texas church helps mosque after storms
DENTON, Texas — First United Methodist Church of Denton has raised funds to help a nearby mosque recover from major water damage caused by the winter storms in Texas. Lucinda Breeding reports.
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Can a divided church serve a divided society?
WILSON, N.C. (UM News) — As The United Methodist Church heads toward possible separation, the Rev. Paul T. Stallsworth reflects on what history can teach us. Comparing the denomination’s current opposing stances on homosexuality to its division over slavery in the 1800s, he writes that the church could serve as a powerful witness by remaining united in a polarized society.
General Conference postponed until 2022
Discipleship's top executive dies of cancer
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