“(This) is a United Methodist Church school and, fortunately, you’re sharing the compound with the church. That means that the Holy Spirit is here. The Holy Spirit is among you. Don’t cheat on exams.” — Ethel Sandy, United Methodist Women coordinator, speaking to students at Bishop Baughman United Methodist Church Primary School in Sierra Leone.
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UMW aims anti-cheating campaign at church schools
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (UM News) — Members of United Methodist Women in the Sierra Leone Conference have embarked on an anti-cheating campaign at United Methodist schools. Cheating on high school exit exams is a problem that has plagued the country for decades. Phileas Jusu has the story.
Members worship outside fire-ravaged sanctuary
PITTSBURGH — About 200 people gathered on a lawn beside the fire-ravaged historic brick sanctuary of Sheraden United Methodist Church for a worship service that was in part a celebration of its history, in part a lament of its loss and in part a declaration of resolve to rebuild. Peter Smith has the story.
Religion News Service
Duke students deny status for evangelical group
DURHAM, N.C. — Duke University’s student government has denied the Christian organization Young Life official status as a student group on campus, citing its policy on sexuality. Yonat Shimron reports.
African refugees help church grow
SPOKANE, Wash. — Sue Robinson prayed for God to send more children to her church Sunday school. Marie Mwange, while in a refugee camp in Uganda, heard God tell her she would preach in a place her family had never been. The two saw their prayers answered at Fowler United Methodist Church. Cindy Hval has the story.
Perkins School of Theology
Perkins launches youth ministry initiative
DALLAS — “Reboot: the Congregation as Youth Worker” is a new, Lilly Endowment-funded initiative of Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology aimed at equipping entire church congregations to serve in ministry with youth. The ethnically diverse starter cohort includes 18 churches, 10 of them United Methodist.
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