“Our unity in mission — even as we are different in many ways — is our most powerful witness in a world that is mired in violence and hate.” — The Rev. Jonathan Rioja Ulanday, who submitted legislation on behalf of a group of Filipino United Methodists.
NEWS AND FEATURES
Filipino legislation calls for church unity
SOUTH COTABATO, Philippines (UM News) — Amid various plans to split the denomination, a group of Filipino United Methodists has submitted 2020 General Conference legislation that aims to prevent separation. This is the first plan for the church’s future to emerge from outside the United States. Heather Hahn and Gladys P. Mangiduyos report.
Standing with Hong Kong protesters
PRINCETON, N.J. — A group of students at Princeton Theological Seminary, a United Methodist-approved school, has signed a statement of solidarity that urges the U.S. Congress to back the people of Hong Kong in their struggle for democracy.
UM News: As Hong Kong protests continue, so do prayers
South Carolina Conference
10th man on the moon gives testimony
MURRELLS INLET, S.C. — Charles Duke, NASA astronaut and retired brigadier general, was a member of the original Houston mission control for the Apollo 11 moon landing. He piloted the lunar module for Apollo 16 and was the 10th — and youngest — person to walk on the moon. He spoke at Belin Memorial United Methodist Church about how he came to the Christian faith. Sean Garbelman has the story.
Explaining holy conferencing
MITCHELL, S.D. — The Rev. Roger Spahr, superintendent for the Southeast District of the Dakotas Conference, offers insights into holy conferencing, which includes general, annual and charge conferences.
Faith & Leadership
Willimon discusses new memoir
DURHAM, N.C. — Retired United Methodist Bishop Will Willimon is the author of a new memoir called “Accidental Preacher.” Chris Karnadi did a Q&A with Willimon about the book.
South African women protest gender-based violence
DURBAN, South Africa (UM News) — More than 100 United Methodists dressed in black and blue marched to say “enough is enough” in regards to rape and gender-based violence, which is on the rise in South Africa. Nandipha Mkwalo reports.
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