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Local Church
The Rev. Bob Long speaks Dec. 2, 2020, during Advent at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City. The Rev. Long’s Advent and Christmas series was inspired by the memoir of Sanford D. Greenberg, a Jewish philanthropist who has devoted himself to eradicating blindness. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Bob Long.

Blind man’s memoir sparks Advent sermons

The Rev. Bob Long drew on Sanford Greenberg’s “Hello Darkness, My Old Friend” for a pre-Christmas sermon series, inspiring a congregation and making the pastor a friend.
Social Concerns
Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver II (right) spoke with Erin Hawkins during The United Methodist Church’s fifth online discussion about eradicating racial injustice. Cleaver, a United Methodist pastor who represents Missouri’s 5th Congressional District, said he is heartened by diverse crowds of young people coming together to march against racism. UM News graphic.

Moving voting rights 'from ideal to reality'

Voter suppression has been a part of the U.S. historical narrative. Ensuring voting rights for all will be difficult and uncomfortable process, says a United Methodist congressman.
Mission and Ministry
United Methodist missionary Tawanda Chandiwana (left foreground) is embraced by Thomas Kemper, head of the denomination’s Board of Global Ministries, at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, Philippines, after Chandiwana was released from a detention center and allowed to leave the country. Photo by Mendoza Adrian.

2 of 3 detained missionaries leave Philippines

Two of three United Methodist missionaries have left the Philippines and a third is hopeful she’ll be allowed to leave soon.