"I think the church needs to continually tap that heart of peace in the midst of stormy times." — Bishop Hee-Soo Jung of the Wisconsin Conference on the church response to shootings in Kenosha.
NEWS AND FEATURES
Clergy: Racial justice is church's responsibility
KENOSHA, Wis. (UM News) — Church leaders are determined to address racial inequities peacefully despite tumult around a police shooting that left an African American man paralyzed and the subsequent shooting deaths of two protesters. Bishop Hee-Soo Jung says racial justice will be a hallmark of the Wisconsin Conference. Jim Patterson has the story.
Debrecen church has new home
DEBRECEN, Hungary (UM News) — United Methodists have been in Debrecen, the second-largest city in Hungary, for nearly 50 years, but the church council only recently bought a house for the emerging congregation. Urs Schweizer reports.
South Georgia Conference
Care packages spread love — not germs
STATESBORO, Ga. — For Georgia Southern University students, a knock on the door can mean the campus' Wesley Foundation has deposited a COVID Care Package on their doorstep. The packages are a way to show care for students under quarantine, said the ministry's director. Kara Witherow has the story.
Higher Education and Ministry
Program helps scholar feel she belongs
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Rev. Patricia Bonilla, a Mexican American doctoral student at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, says her working-class background sometimes makes her feel like an imposter while making her way in academia. But Bonilla says a scholarship and mentoring program for women of color has helped. Jessica Love reports.
Happy to be pastor to the police
GALVESTON, Texas — The Rev. Heather Gates has found fulfillment serving as full-time chaplain of the Galveston Police Department. When burdened officers need to talk, she's there to listen. She's available to officiate at their weddings, too. Lindsay Peyton reports. Mike DuBose has photos.
Reconciling Ministries Network
Advocacy group launches new campaign
CHICAGO — Reconciling Ministries Network, an unofficial church advocacy group for LGBTQ people, announced a new campaign that will focus on grassroots organizing around intersectional justice. The Rooted & Rising campaign calls on the reconciling movement "to be the Church, no matter what the denomination decides when the General Conference meets."
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Thursday, Sept. 17