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Bishops confer over the issue of whether the legislative committee can refer items to the denomination's Judicial Council for review during the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis. Clockwise from lower left are Bishops Thomas Bickerton, John Schol, David Bard, Julius C. Trimble and Cynthia Fierro Harvey. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Court to GC2019: Legislation needs more work

The United Methodist Judicial Council points to parts of legislation passed Feb. 25 that remain unconstitutional.
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Bishop Rodolfo A. Juan (left) prays for a leader (red vest) at a camp for displaced people in Malaybalay, Philippines, in 2017. On Feb. 22, Juan made contacts on behalf of a team of five — including two missionaries with the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries— who were briefly detained at a police checkpoint in Koronadal City, Philippines. File photo courtesy of Dan Ela.

Missionaries briefly detained in Philippines

Two United Methodist missionaries were among a group of five briefly detained at a police checkpoint in Koronadal City, Philippines.
Aminah A. Lucena, a United Methodist youth, holds a photo of Kian delos Santos during a candle-lighting protest in front of the Philippine National Police headquarters in Quezon City on Aug. 23. Kian, a 17-year-old student, was a victim of extrajudicial killings under the Operation Galugad of the War on Drugs campaign of President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Miguel de Guzman, courtesy of The Philippine Star.

Filipino United Methodists protest teen’s death

Filipino United Methodists joined recent protests of Filipino president’s war on drugs that killed 17-year-old.
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Bishop Rodolfo A. Juan (left) hands out crayons to children who fled with their families to escape fighting between government forces and Islamic State militants on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. The families are staying at an evacuation center in Bito-Buadi, Marawi City, where United Methodists are helping those displaced. Photo by the Rev. Israel M Painit

Assisting those fleeing siege in Philippines

United Methodists are reaching out to civilians caught in battle with Islamic State militants in Marawi City, Philippines.

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