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Faith Stories
The Rev. Taylor Boone serves communion during a July 11 service at Travis Park (United Methodist) Church in San Antonio. Boone, a lawyer as well as minister, died on Sept. 15, prompting an outpouring of appreciation for his ministry with the homeless and his role in expanding United Methodist-related health care in South Texas. Photo courtesy of Travis Park Church.

Lawyer-minister made a big difference

Many in Rio Texas Conference offer tributes to the late Rev. Taylor Boone, who expanded United Methodist-affiliated health care and ministered to the homeless, while maintaining a busy law practice.
Church Growth
The Rev. Lovett H. Weems Jr. Photo courtesy of Wesley Theological Seminary.

Young elder numbers near historic low

United Methodist clergy age study shows modest growth period has been followed by drops in the number of both men and women elders under age 35.
Social Concerns
The Rev. R. DeAndre Johnson sings during morning worship at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. Johnson, a delegate to the conference, has written a hymn called "It Is Enough" in response to George Floyd's death and earlier tragedies like it. File photo by Maile Bradfield, UM News.

Pastor connects through protest hymn

Sparked by the death of George Floyd and others, the Rev. R. DeAndre Johnson shares his own anguished song and finds an internet audience.
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.

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