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General Church
The United Methodist Church is feeling the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic as businesses have closed their doors and churches have suspended in-person worship, due to the health guidelines. Mask image by panos13121, courtesy of Pixabay; church doors photo by Steven Adair, courtesy of United Methodist Communications; graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Collection rates plunge as COVID-19 rises

Giving to general church ministries plummeted in April as the denomination focused on slowing the disease and supporting local churches.
Mission and Ministry
The portable “UMC Cyber Campus Offline” hotspot device provides digitalized educational materials to areas without internet access. Photo by the Rev. HiRho Park, United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry.

Educating church leaders without internet access

Church’s new offline cyber-campus program provides digital resources to clergy and laity in remote regions of the Philippines.
Theology and Education
Participants of the African and Asian Women Theologians Conference visited Ehwa Womans University, Seoul, Korea. From left are the Revs. Elaine Goh, Elvira Moises, Memory Chikosi, Ruth Daniel, Beauty Maenzanise, HiRho Park, Maaraidzo Mutambara, Kathy Armistead, Elizabeth Tapia and Yani Yoo. Foreground: Helena Guidione and HyunJu Lee. Photo by the Rev. Thomas Kim, UM News.

Women theologians: Following in the footsteps

United Methodist theologians from Africa and Asia gathered to discuss their interpretations of the Bible and find common ground.
Local Church
The Rev. F. Thomas Trotter, former head of the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry, died July 26 at the age of 93. Undated file photograph courtesy of Claremont School of Theology.

Trotter, education champion, dies at 93

The Rev. F. Thomas Trotter, a champion of higher education for all, laid the foundation for the first United Methodist university on the continent of Africa.

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