"I think this island become an entrance and the gate for the modern civilization, such a historical place…. the witness of the division between North and South Korea. This is the Demilitarized Zone area. So healing and reconciliation is a church duty here." — Wisconsin Area Bishop Hee-Soo Jung on Ganghwa Island.
Roots of faith in Korea: A bishop's journey
GANGHWA ISLAND, KOREA (UMNS) — Wisconsin Area Bishop Hee-Soo Jung grew up on Ganghwa, a small Korean island with a view of North Korea. He credits U.S. missionaries and a kind neighbor for his conversion to Christianity. The Rev. Jacob Lee and Tim Tanton interviewed the bishop about his experiences.
Church ministry builds emergency ramps
CORTLAND, New York — When 74-year-old Charlie Yager came home in a wheelchair after a two-week hospitalization, he had no way to get into his home. Within 24 hours, Cortland First United Methodist Church’s Ramp it Up ministry built him a ramp. Shannon Hodson reports for the Upper New York Conference.
Favorite places to pray
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMC.org) — United Methodists share favorite places to talk with God — at home, in nature, while driving and more. Joe Iovino has the story.
Fighting the drug crisis
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The Revs. Darick Biondi and Cindy Briggs-Biondi are a clergy couple who faced the effects of substance abuse in their churches soon after appointments to a rural area. Erin Sears, a United Methodist Board of Church and Society board member, writes about how they put their faith in action to fight substance abuse.
Signing on to Atlanta Interfaith Manifesto
ATLANTA — Thomas Kemper, top executive of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, has had an interest in interfaith understanding since his childhood in Germany, he writes in a blog post. So when the mission agency moved from New York to Atlanta, he joined the cause represented by the Atlanta Interfaith Manifesto.
Read more about the manifesto
A report from the 'Next Methodism'
DALLAS — Blogging United Methodists have started a conversation about “Next Methodism.” However, the Rev. Jarrod Johnston argues: “The Next Methodism is already here.” Johnston explains by sharing his experience on staff at Union, a coffeehouse that’s also a United Methodist church plant in Dallas.
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.
Friday, July 28-Sunday, July 30
Native American Conference — Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center, Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. The Native American Conference includes a spiritual walk around the lake and a chance to learn about substance abuse, historical trauma and health issues. Reservations can be made at [email protected] or 800-222-4930. Details
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