“I want to get involved in my soul and conscience so that peace and Christian unity are observed in our communities.” — Kito Bonane, UMW-Kivu vice president, on efforts by women to build peace.
NEWS AND FEATURES
Women determined to restore peace in Kivu
BUKAVU, Congo (UM News) — United Methodist women gathered recently in Bukavu and Uvira with their peers from other denominations to reflect on how they could bring peace and Christian unity to Kivu. Congo is still recovering from nine years of war and the loss of some 5 million lives. Philippe Kituka Lolonga has the story.
Historical marker honors activist pastor
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The life of a United Methodist pastor with a long record of working for the marginalized people of Nashville was recognized with a historical marker placed at Edgehill United Methodist Church. The Rev. Bill Barnes died in 2017.
South Georgia Conference
Churches build tiny houses for homeless veterans
SAVANNAH, Ga. — United Methodists are helping homeless veterans move from sleeping under bridges into homes of their own. Wesley Monumental, Trinity and Isle of Hope United Methodist churches have joined in the Tiny House Project. Kara Witherow has the story.
Restoring dignity along with sanitation
CHICUQUE, Mozambique — After his school lost classrooms and its bathroom facilities because of Cyclone Dineo, Lourenco Fernando was a bit skeptical when he heard a whole new sanitation facility with separate bathrooms for boys and girls was being built. He was delighted with the new facility, supported by the United Methodist Committee on Relief, which also included showers. Christie R. House reports.
Gainesville church opens building to arts training
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — First United Methodist Church of Gainesville is opening its church building for music lessons, with the hope of bringing more arts to the neglected east side of the city. Kevin Brady has the story.
East Ohio Conference
Teens explore ministry careers
BEREA, Ohio — Ohio teenagers curious about a life dedicated to ministry gather each year at the Ministerial Recruitment Institute to hear, consider, question, struggle and respond to God’s call. About 90 participants gathered for this summer’s institute at Baldwin Wallace University. Brett Hetherington has the story.
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