Clergy

Mission and Ministry
Chris Yuen (right) gets a bouquet of balloons during his hospital stay for the coronavirus. Yuen, a 32-year-old member of Midland Park United Methodist Church in New Jersey, spent about 20 days on a ventilator. Doctors and nurses lined the hall to cheer when he went home on April 22, after nearly a month’s hospitalization. Photo courtesy of Chris Yuen.

Clergy, laity tell harrowing COVID-19 stories

“Respect this virus,” pleads a pastor battling the coronavirus. Others in the denomination who have been directly affected agree.
Mission and Ministry
The Rev. Diane Dyson in full gear as a hospital nurse caring for COVID-19 patients. Dyson is a United Methodist deacon and says her clergy background has helped her to be a better listener as a nurse. Photo courtesy of Diane Dyson.

Clergywoman also is nurse on COVID-19 front line

The Rev. Diane Dyson, a United Methodist deacon, experiences fear and fulfillment as health care worker in the pandemic.
Local Church
The Rev. Donald “Bud” Heckman, accused of sexual misconduct and abuse, reached a resolution with the West Ohio Conference in which he retired under complaint. Young United Methodist clergywomen have circulated an open letter asking the judicial process be reopened. Photo courtesy of the Religion Communicators Council.

Conference urged to reopen misconduct case

Hundreds have signed letters calling a resolution unjust because it did not include the four women who accused a clergyman of harassment and abuse.
Local Church
The Rev. Bud Heckman. Photo courtesy of the Religion Communicators Council.

Clergyman retires ‘under complaint’ of abuse

The Rev. Donald “Bud” Heckman, who is prominent in interfaith circles, faced formal accusations from four women of sexual misconduct and abuse.

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