Slideshow: Katrina Then and Now

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Ten years after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, hundreds of thousands of United Methodists have volunteered or donated money for the cleanup. In this slideshow, photographer Mike DuBose pairs photos from immediately after the storm with images that show how far the recovery has come a decade later.

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General Church
Kevin Dunn presents an overview of U.S. United Methodist membership data to the General Council on Finance and Administration board during its Nov. 15 meeting in Nashville, Tenn. He is the agency’s director of data services. Among the bright spots he pointed to was the church’s growth in Hispanic and multiracial members. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UM News.

US dips below majority of membership

United Methodist leaders project that by now at least half of the denomination lives outside the U.S.
Local Church
A contractor in protective gear studies one of the last remaining lots being cleared of hazardous soil in Paradise, Calif., on Nov. 4, 2019. Wildfires have damaged or destroyed at least 198,392 acres in the state. Photo by Staff Sgt. Amanda Johnson of the California National Guard. Courtesy Defense Visual Information Distribution Network.

Response to wildfires deepens with experience

Some people dig in while others leave or work to help fire survivors. Responses are evolving as Californians get more experience dealing with wildfires.
Mission and Ministry
Protesters throw garbage at the entrance of the Immigration and Emigration Direction nel Moise, in the streets of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, October 28, 2019. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares.

Help for Haitians stymied by political unrest

United Methodists have helped the Haitian people through an earthquake, hurricane and cholera epidemic in the past decade, but political turmoil is sidelining efforts for now.