NEWS AND FEATURES
Challenges stack up for United Methodist school
BUHERA, Zimbabwe (UM News) — The United Methodist Church’s Chapanduka Secondary School is in crisis mode, facing multiple challenges including a water shortage, malfunctioning solar power system and poor academic scores. Kudzai Chingwe and Eveline Chikwanah report.
Fire claims historic Missouri church
ODESSA, Mo. — An early morning fire on Oct. 10 destroyed Woods Chapel United Methodist Church, which was established in 1884 in this community near Kansas City. McKenzie Nelson reported that devastated church members are looking for another place to hold Sunday services.
Church partners with arts conservatory
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Art has always been integral to Christianity. Think of the cantatas of Bach, the sculpture and paintings of Michelangelo and the poetry of Milton. And art is at the center of the latest community outreach mission of Mandarin United Methodist Church’s partnership with the city’s newly forming Fine Arts Conservatory. William March has the story.
World Council of Churches
Bishop Wenner: Speaking out against rape, violence
GENEVA — United Methodist Bishop Rosemarie Wenner and Alison Judd, world president for the World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women, are calling on Christians around the world to support “Thursdays in Black” by wearing black on Thursdays and speaking out against gender-based violence. “We need to be in solidarity with those who are raped and those who are suffering other violence,” Wenner said.
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Native American Comprehensive Plan
Connecting Native Americans in Cal-Nevada
UKIAH, Calif. — Building a bridge of understanding to better serve Native Americans is a top priority for the California-Nevada Conference’s Committee on Native American Ministries. The 13-member committee held a “Healing the Circle” retreat in order to provide an opportunity for Native American United Methodists from both states to meet, share their stories and connect with the work of the Native American Comprehensive Plan.
East Ohio Conference
AKRON, Ohio — Members of the United Methodist Heart 4 the City Ministries have teamed up with the Akron Food Bank to get food to people in the community who need it. Brett Hetherington reports.
Mourners surprised by cut of estate
Faith communities provide respite care for immigrants
Monday, Oct. 14-Saturday, Nov. 16
Online caregiver class: Present at Jesus’ feet