How people are helping in the wake of Sandy

Hurricane Sandy intensifies need for Connecticut homeless

LEDYARD, Conn. —Southeastern Connecticut Project Homeless Connect was welcomed to a new home on Friday, the Norwich Bulletin reports, and Gales Ferry United Methodist Church volunteers were pleased to be helping the less fortunate, especially soon after Hurricane Sandy. “It’s important to provide these services,” the Rev. James Hensley said during the event, which served about 300 people. “The need is all around us.”

Read more: Gales Ferry event helps homeless with haircuts, food, care

 

British Methodists make grants for Sandy aid

LONDON —The Methodist Church in Britain has agreed a grant of £18,000 ($28,763)in aid to support communities struggling in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The grants made from the Church’s World Mission Fund will go to churches in Cuba and Haiti to help them rebuild their communities, the Ekkelsia website reported. The United Methodist Committee on Relief’s hurricane appeal will receive £3,000 ($4,794) to aid relief in the United States.

Read more: Methodist Church in Britain makes grants to victims of Hurricane Sandy

 

UMCOR Depot West sends supplies east

SALT LAKE CITY — An 18-wheeler semitrailer left the United Methodist Committee on Relief warehouse the evening of Nov. 2 for New York, hoping to give aid to those struck by Hurricane Sandy.”We’ve been prepared for a long time for an event like this,” the Rev. Brian Diggs told KSL-TV.

Read more: Methodist Church sends semitruck of cleaning supplies to NY


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St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery in Kyiv, Ukraine, is a foremost example of Cossack Baroque and one of the country's most recognizable landmarks. Photo by Roman Brechko, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons; graphic by UM News.

Church faces obstacles to help war-displaced

United Methodists continue to scramble to provide aid to war-displaced people in Ukraine and surrounding countries. One recent challenge: Finding new housing for displaced people in western Ukraine who had been using a school as shelter.
Immigration
United Methodist Bishop Christian Alsted prays with Alexandre, who is living in the gymnasium at the Onokivtsi Secondary School near Uzhhorod, Ukraine, after fleeing his home due to the war with Russia. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Photo essay: United Methodists stand with Ukraine

United Methodists in Eastern Europe have been welcoming Ukrainian refugees since the beginning of Russia’s invasion of their country. UM News staff photographer Mike DuBose was part of a team that traveled to Eastern Europe in late May to share stories of United Methodists’ humanitarian ministry.
Annual Conferences
The Rev. Jack Jackson. Photo courtesy of the author.

Florida Conference board caused the harm

Yes, harm resulted from a recent vote by the Florida Conference clergy conference, but the blame belongs with the conference’s board of ordained ministry.