NEWS AND FEATURES
Church members among 19 dead in Congo massacre
GOMA, Congo (UM News) — Six United Methodists were among 19 civilians killed in a massacre in Mamove that has been blamed on the Allied Democratic Forces, an armed rebel group that operates in Eastern Congo and Uganda. The dead were remembered at the Kivu Annual Conference. Philippe Kituka Lolonga reports.
Moving voting rights 'from ideal to reality'
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Ensuring voting rights for all will be a difficult and uncomfortable process, says the Rev. Emmanuel Cleaver II, a United Methodist pastor and longtime representative of Missouri's 5th Congressional District. Cleaver spoke with Erin Hawkins during The United Methodist Church's latest online discussion about eradicating racial injustice. Linda Bloom reports.
Mission partnership goes on despite COVID-19
LODI, Wis. — The coronavirus has challenged but not defeated the mission partnership of Lodi United Methodist Church with the people of Sandy Lake in Ontario, Canada. Sandy Lake, an indigenous community reachable only by plane, was able to have vacation Bible school for children using its local radio station in July and August. Usually, church members travel there to teach.
South Carolina Conference
Charred Bible ignites faith after church fire
HUGER, S.C. — Flames destroyed much of the historic sanctuary of New Hope United Methodist Church, but the pastor sees God at work in the fact the pulpit Bible, while charred, is still readable. The church, organized in 1837, was on the National Register of Historic Places. Jessica Brodie has the story.
Special project coming Tuesday, Oct. 13
In "Water is Life," a project three years in the making, UM News photographer Mike DuBose documents the lack of access to clean water in Africa and the church's response.
Jurisdiction supports inclusion, protocol
DENVER — The Western Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church is beginning preparations for the next General Conference by recommitting itself to be a faithful, inviting, open, safe and loving place for all people. "Where Love Lives" is a nearly yearlong campaign that also advocates General Conference's approval of the Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace through Separation.
Read press release
Watch bishops' video
Read UM News story on protocol
United Methodist Communications
Pandemic-proof ways to thank a pastor
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Pastor Appreciation Sunday, celebrated on Oct. 11, is a good time for United Methodists to thank clergy for the work they do year-round. Crystal Caviness writes about how people can show gratitude in the age of COVID-19.
Thursday, Oct. 29