“Many of our churches provide services, but they aren’t organized to change the law and change the environment for immigrants in their communities.”— The Rev. Lyssette N. Perez, president of MARCHA, on the Connectional Table’s support of immigration ministries.
Church response to migration gets boost
OSLO, Norway (UMNS) — The Connectional Table allotted $100,000 to boost ministries that relieve the suffering caused by forced migration and set a date for churches to take up an offering to support those ministries. Heather Hahn reports.
'60 Minutes' features church's sanctuary ministry
PHILADELPHIA — CBS’ famed "60 Minutes" news program featured Arch Street United Methodist Church here on May 21, for the church’s providing of sanctuary to an undocumented Mexican immigrant. CBS reporter Scott Pelley interviewed Javier Flores-García and the Rev. Robin Hynicka, lead pastor. John W. Coleman reports for the East Pennsylvania Conference.
University gets grant to move College of Health Sciences
GANTA, Liberia (UMNS) — A grant from the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries will allow the College of Health Sciences of the United Methodist University to be moved from Ganta United Methodist Hospital to a nearby location in Nimba County. Julu Swen has the story.
UMCOR gives grant for Peru flood relief
ATLANTA — A $100,000 grant from the United Methodist Committee on Relief will assist those affected by devastating floods and landslides in Peru. Bella DiFilippo reports for the Board of Global Ministries.
Engineer puts skills to work for Africa health ministry
DELANO, Minn. — Bob Lucas, a member of Delano United Methodist Church, is using his engineering and business skills to provide a water purification system for Mercy Ships, a nonprofit that sends ships to Africa to provide life-saving operations. Karla Hovde reports for the Minnesota Conference.
11-year-old plants food pantry garden
MINNEAPOLIS (UMC.org) — Fresh food isn’t always available at food pantries, but it will be at Joyce Uptown Foodshelf here, thanks to 11-year-old Silja Bijnagte. Her determination to build raised garden beds brought together volunteers from Lake Harriet United Methodist Church in a common goal of serving their neighbors — one carrot at a time.
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Thursday, June 1-Sunday, June 4
Detroit and West Michigan Annual Conferences — Grand Traverse conference center, Acme, Michigan. The theme for the gathering of these two annual conferences is “Gather UP!,” based on the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000. Details