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Faith Stories
Ruth Gene Tucker created banners for church seasons and sacraments and to bless pivotal moments in people's lives. The 'I Am Baptized banner' contains names and dates of those baptized at Christ United Methodist in Farmers Branch, Texas. Photo courtesy of the North Texas Conference.

The banners she made blessed many

Ruth Gene Tucker, who died on June 24, created hundreds of Christian-themed banners that hang in her church, Christ United Methodist in Farmers Branch, Texas, and other places. Her pastor, the Rev. Scott Holcomb-McClain, reflects on Tucker’s life and ministry.
Violence
Christina Ray Stanton. Photo courtesy of the author.

9/11 attacks sparked life change for eyewitness

Innocence was lost, but writer translated the trauma of the moment into new goals and dreams of helping others.
Faith Stories
Bishop John William Russell died Sept. 2, at age 96. A World War II veteran, Russell served various local churches and as a district superintendent before his election as bishop in 1980. In 1988, he became the first episcopal leader of the newly formed Central Texas Conference. Photo and graphic courtesy of UM News.

Bishop Russell dies at age 96

Bishop John William Russell served various local churches and as a district superintendent before his election as bishop in 1980. In 1988, he became the first episcopal leader of the newly formed Central Texas Conference. Russell died Sept. 2.
Human Rights
Teacher Thembakazi Bojana works with students at the Nomaxabiso Centre for Children in the Philippi East neighborhood of Cape Town, South Africa. The center, which receives support from The United Methodist Church, serves children with special educational needs. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

‘Mother of the disabled’ provides safe place for kids

Special-needs childcare center operates in a crime-ridden neighborhood in Cape Town, South Africa. A United Methodist pastor offers support for the school, which holds a special place in her heart.

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