Ecumenical

Theology and Education
Imam Ossama Bahloul of the Islamic Center of Nashville expresses appreciation to Belmont United Methodist Church in Nashville for hosting his congregation during Friday prayers in the month of Ramadan while their mosque was being renovated. At left is Kamel Daouk, board chairman of the Islamic center. At right is the Rev. Paul Purdue, senior pastor at Belmont. As the U.S. marks the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, one expert in Islamic-Christian relations said perceptions of Islam by Americans have improved over the past two decades. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Church work continues in Afghanistan

The chaotic scene as people fled Afghanistan while the Taliban took over doesn’t mean that United Methodists are through trying to help there.
Mission and Ministry
Youth and adults from Oregon United Methodist Church and St. Mary’s Catholic Church, both in Oregon, Ill., repair the porch on a home in Tracy City, Tenn. The team volunteered with Mountain T.O.P., a ministry that serves families in the Cumberland Mountain region of southeast Tennessee. Photo by the Rev. Thomas Kim, UM News.

Youth group strives to be ‘hope, love, light’ to neighbors

After missing its 2020 mission trip, a youth group from a tiny town in northern Illinois traveled to Tennessee for a rural service project.
Evangelism
Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of Congo, sits along the Congo River opposite Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Central Congo Bishop Daniel Lunge is working with local leaders to establish the first United Methodist Church presence in the Republic of Congo. Map data ©2020 Google.

Church evangelizes across Congo River

Central Congo Bishop Daniel Lunge is working with local leaders to establish the first United Methodist Church presence in the Republic of Congo.
Evangelism
A global prayer campaign for peace on the Korean Peninsula will occur from March 1 to Aug. 15, 2020, inviting hundreds of thousands of people worldwide to say: “We Pray, Peace Now, End the War!” The campaign began Feb. 6 with a live-streamed event hosted by the World Council of Churches in Geneva, with corresponding events the same day in Washington and Seoul. Photo by Ivars Kupcis, World Council of Churches.

Churches call for peace on the Korean Peninsula

The year 2020 marks the 70th anniversary of the start of the Korean War. The United and Korean Methodist churches will join Christians throughout the world to call for peace and reconciliation.

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