NEWS AND FEATURES
Salvaging Christmas amid coronavirus concerns
DALLAS (UM News) — Pastors already dealing with a stressful 2020 now must lead United Methodists through the Advent and Christmas seasons while the coronavirus pandemic is reaching new heights. They’re using creativity and flexibility to get it done. Jim Patterson has the story.
Shining a light on servanthood during pandemic
HARARE, Zimbabwe (UM News) — Taurai Mhishi has been in a wheelchair for the past 34 years, but that hasn’t stopped him from serving his church. With money tight due to the country’s economic turmoil and COVID-19, servant leaders such as Mhishi are making a difference by lending their time and talents to the church. Priscilla Muzerengwa has the story.
South Carolina Conference
Black, white congregations work to unify community
ABBEVILLE, S.C. — A black nondenominational church and a white United Methodist church have partnered, with the goal of unifying their community and stopping division and an undercurrent of hate. The two pastors also happen to be friends. Jessica Brodie has the story.
United Methodist Publishing House
Online worship permissions extended to July 31
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The United Methodist Publishing House is extending full permission to all churches for use of its copyrighted worship materials through July 2021. Due to the extraordinary challenges that churches face, the publisher is assuring easy access to essential worship aids.
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United Methodist Global AIDS Committee
World AIDS Day worship service
CARMEL, Ind. — The United Methodist Global AIDS Committee has planned a worship service to observe World AIDS Day at 2 p.m. U.S. Eastern time Dec. 1 on Facebook. Indiana Conference Bishop Julius Trimble, the chair of the committee, writes about how United Methodists can take action on behalf of people infected with HIV or AIDS.
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United Methodist Communications, Global Ministries
Giving Tuesday helps further God’s mission
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Giving Tuesday is Dec. 1 this year, and for those who can afford to do so, the day offers opportunities to help boost the church’s work in the world. The United Methodist Board of Global Ministries invites United Methodists to give love, joy, hope and peace through the Advance direct-giving program.
To support Global Ministries Advance projects
Taking concrete steps to move against racism
At 94, he’s ‘Mr. Music of United Methodism’
Tuesday, Dec. 15
Blessed Are the Poor webinar: Physical Poverty
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