Environmental Justice

Disaster Relief
Members of a volunteer team from the North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church clean out a home in Fort Myers, Fla., that was flooded by Hurricane Ian. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Churches walk alongside Hurricane Ian survivors

In the first weeks following Hurricane Ian striking southwest Florida, pastors and church volunteers sprang into action to assess need and provide comfort. Joey Butler reports with photos from Mike DuBose.
Disaster Relief
Alice Charo, a cattle herder in Shirikisho village in Kenya, fetches water at the Tana River for her family. Charo has lost 10 cows in 14 days due to the ongoing drought in Tana River County. The river’s water levels have hit record lows, forcing herders like Charo to travel miles along the river to find a safe place to fetch water for their cattle. Photo by Gad Maiga, UM News.

Kenyan church helps drought-stricken community

Tumaini United Methodist Church is providing food and water to families in the coastal part of Kenya as water crisis intensifies.
Social Concerns
The Rev. Thomas Frank is known to many United Methodist pastors for his book “Polity, Practice, and the Mission of The United Methodist Church.” He’s also a historic preservationist, and his latest book is “Historic Houses of Worship in Peril.” Photo courtesy Thomas Frank.

Church must address property issues in net-zero effort

The most significant step The United Methodist Church could take to reduce its carbon footprint would be to reuse or redevelop its underused real estate.
Mission and Ministry
Hikers make their way across Kennicott Glacier near McCarthy, Alaska, in 2021. Scientists say glaciers worldwide are projected to lose anywhere from 18% to 36% of their mass by 2100, resulting in almost 10 inches of sea level rise. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Report released on church’s net-zero efforts

Church officials are maintaining a delicate balance between meeting the goal of cutting greenhouse-gas emissions and running effective ministries that use energy. A one-year progress report was issued April 19.

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