NEWS AND FEATURES
To fight racism, 3 churches reckon with past
WASHINGTON (UM News) — Racial discrimination at Foundry United Methodist Church, a prominent church in the U.S. capital, led two African American congregations to break away in the 1800s. Now the three congregations, which include Asbury United Methodist and John Wesley AME Zion churches, are reconnecting. Heather Hahn reports.
Storms bring twisters, floods to South Dakota
MITCHELL, S.D. — On the heels of three tornadoes that hit Sioux Falls, torrential rain has caused massive flooding in many parts of South Dakota. Doreen Gosmire reports how United Methodists are responding.
United Methodist Committee on Relief
An assist for Arkansas River flood recovery
ATLANTA — After extensive Arkansas River flooding in several states last May, assistance was needed for both public infrastructure and homeowners, including Keith Reeves, whose house was the last on his block in Fort Smith, Arkansas, to flood. Support from the United Methodist Committee on Relief, including two new grants totaling $160,000, has helped speed the flood recovery. Christie R. House reports.
UM News: Ramping up response to US spring disasters
Church’s new pastor knows the parsonage well
LOVELAND, Colo. — The Rev. Bryson Lillie’s latest appointment is a homecoming. He’s serving Trinity United Methodist Church here, living in the same parsonage he shared with his parents when they were the pastors leading Trinity. “The pull of nostalgia is so strong,” he said. Shelley Widhalm reports.
Church and Society
Big demand at refugee children center
NORTH HILLS, Calif. — The San Fernando Valley Refugee Children Center provides unaccompanied minors and their foster families with legal representation in deportation hearings. For many of the children, their lives depend on it, said the Rev. Fred Morris, director. The center currently has 59 children without attorneys and an average of 3-4 children arrive each week. “We are in perpetual fundraising mode,” Morris said. Amber Feezor has the story.
Celebrating women at historic prayer hill
UMCOR starts efforts for Bahamas relief
Monday, Sept. 23-Friday, Nov. 1
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