NEWS AND FEATURES
Gathering dreams of an inclusive future
ROLLING HILLS ESTATES, Calif. (UM News) — Members of the Fresh United Methodism Summit worked through hundreds of ideas in their efforts to dream of a new form of Methodism for the Western Jurisdiction that is inclusive of LGBTQ church leaders and same-sex unions. Kathy L. Gilbert reports.
Ebola takes toll on United Methodists
BENI, Congo (UM News) — While Ebola cases have decreased in eastern Congo in recent weeks, United Methodists are still feeling the pain inflicted by the epidemic. For some survivors, reintegrating into the community has been hard. Chadrack Tambwe Londe has the story.
Christmas parade sparked ecumenical bonanza
ATHENS, Texas — The Rev. Jason Smith of First United Methodist Church bonded with a Baptist pastor and a Catholic priest during preparation for Athens’ annual Christmas parade. That led to a remarkable ecumenical relationship that included their church members traveling to the Holy Land together and collaborating in relief work. Lindsay Peyton reports.
UMCOR helps Philippine village plan for its needs
ATLANTA — Tamac village has struggled for several years with typhoons and the need to relocate. Early in 2019, the Baguio Episcopal Area Disaster Management Office, a partnership between The United Methodist Church in the Philippines and the United Methodist Committee on Relief, received an UMCOR grant to conduct community-based contingency planning with Tamac community leaders, health workers and Tamac residents. Christie R. House has the story.
Higher Education and Ministry, UMC Giving
United Methodist Student Day boosts scholarships
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Did you know the United Methodist scholarship and loan programs award United Methodist students an average of $5.5 million each year? United Methodist Student Day, a Special Sunday that is Nov. 24 this year, helps make such financial aid a reality.
Resources for United Methodist Student Day
Learn about United Methodist loans and scholarships
Help sought to save historic church, cemeteries
United Methodists decry ‘red-tagging’ of church council
Thursday, Nov. 21
World Methodist Council honors the Rev. James T. Laney