Central and Southern Europe Central Conference

Bishops
Newly elected Bishop Stefan Zürcher addresses delegates and guests at the Central and Southern Europe Central Conference. Zürcher was elected Nov. 18 at the conference, which met in Basel, Switzerland. The central conference comprises United Methodist churches in 13 countries in Europe and North Africa. Photo by the Rev. Joerg Niederer.

Central and Southern Europe elects Stefan Zürcher bishop

The district superintendent of Northwestern Switzerland was elected Nov. 18 on the fourth ballot, receiving 41 of 68 votes cast.
Social Concerns
Olena Koval, a Ukrainian therapist who fled Kyiv when the war began, talks about the therapy groups she created for other women refugees living in Romania. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Ministry offers therapy to Ukrainian refugees

A Ukrainian therapist who fled Kyiv when the war began had an idea to create therapy groups for women refugees after seeing that none existed, and The United Methodist Church in Romania helped make that a reality.
Mission and Ministry
Maria (left) and Daryna, who fled the war in Ukraine, have set up a business making embroidered baby blankets and other fabric items in a spare room at the United Methodist Hotel Hanul Fullton and community center in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Church helps Ukrainian refugees start business

The United Methodist Church in Romania runs a hotel that hosts a variety of ministries. They helped two Ukrainian women begin a sewing business on site.
A woman pushes her daughter in a stroller past the monastery for the Church of the Assumption in Cornești, Romania. The United Methodist Church in Romania is providing support for refugees from the war in Ukraine who are staying at the monastery. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Video: Romanian church’s hotel ministry houses Ukrainian refugees

A hotel and ministry center run by The United Methodist Church in Romania hosts numerous programs to help Ukrainian refugees, as well as the rest of the community.

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