Church

Immigration
Maria Chavalan Sut prepares a meal for herself in the kitchen at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in Charlottesville, Va. After three years of living in sanctuary at the church, Chavalan Sut, who fled Guatemala in 2016, received a Stay of Removal for one year that allows her to move freely until her asylum case is heard. Photo © Richard Lord.

Woman in sanctuary relishes new freedom

Maria Chavalan Sut, who lived in sanctuary at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in Charlottesville, Virginia, has been granted a Stay of Removal for one year.
General Church
An international group of General Conference delegates invited fellow United Methodists to envision a better way to be the church. Based in part on that feedback, the group is unveiling a new vision map offering ways to make room for all at God’s table. Graphic courtesy of Out of Chaos, Creation.

Delegates map out vision for church future

An international group of General Conference delegates asked United Methodists around the globe to help imagine a better way to be the church.
Local Church
Asbury Memorial Church in Savannah, Ga., is leaving The United Methodist Church in support of LGBTQ inclusion. The church, with more than 300 members, is the first since 2016 to leave expressly in opposition to the denomination’s bans on same-sex weddings and “self-avowed practicing” gay clergy. Photo courtesy of Asbury Memorial Church.

Church exits denomination for LGBTQ equality

The United Methodist Church has seen multiple disaffiliations lately, but a Georgia church is the first in recent years to leave expressly in support of its LGBTQ members.
Church Growth
The congregation of the new Levuma United Methodist Church meets for worship in a corridor of a member’s home. Pastor Joseph Turay said he hopes to one day have a church large enough to accommodate all who want to attend. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UM News.

Community project births new congregation

Development work helps United Methodism grow in rural Sierra Leone village and now members are setting their sights on a new church building.

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