Combating Diseases

Mission and Ministry
Artist interpretation of the yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia in 1793. As the virus sickened thousands, a U.S. founding father turned to two Methodists for help. Print from Bettmann Archives.

Methodists led response in earlier epidemic

When yellow fever sickened thousands in 18th century Philadelphia, a U.S. founding father turned to two pioneering African American church leaders for help.
Local Church
Eurasia Area Bishop Eduard Khegay posts live greetings on his Facebook page to viewers in Russia and around the globe during the “stay home, stay safe” phase of the CORVID-19 social distancing. Photo courtesy of Bishop Eduard Khegay’s Facebook.

In Europe, closing church can mean opening to others

The coronavirus crisis brings far-flung United Methodists in Eurasia together for worship; stimulates community contact in Norway; allows for new ways to carry on old traditions in Germany and propels a home-bound mask-making venture in Slovakia.
Mission and Ministry
A family from First United Methodist Church of Miami stands with a yard sign given to them by the church. Photo by Kipp Nelson, First United Methodist Church of Miami.

Modeling non-anxious leadership during pandemic

As the U.S. coronavirus death count mounts and the economy suffers, United Methodists bishops, pastors and chaplains keep reminding the faithful that God is with us.
Mission and Ministry
United Methodist Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky speaks from her home during a webinar on coronavirus-related updates for the denomination’s Greater Northwest Area, which includes the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska. Photo by Linda Bloom, UM News.

On West Coast, a glimmer of hope

United Methodists impacted by early coronavirus outbreaks hope the curve is flattening.

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