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General Church
An international group of General Conference delegates invited fellow United Methodists to envision a better way to be the church. Based in part on that feedback, the group is unveiling a new vision map offering ways to make room for all at God’s table. Graphic courtesy of Out of Chaos, Creation.

Delegates map out vision for church future

An international group of General Conference delegates asked United Methodists around the globe to help imagine a better way to be the church.
Mission and Ministry
Stacey Abrams, shown in this 2014 file photo, urged United Methodists to “do right by the earth,” during the Festival of Homiletics, which was held online because of COVID-19. Abrams attends Columbia Drive United Methodist Church in Decatur, Ga., and is the daughter of two United Methodist elders. File photo courtesy of Stacey Abrams.

Preaching can highlight climate crisis

United Methodists spoke about environmental justice at an online gathering devoted to the art of preaching.
Mission and Ministry
Electron microscopic image of an isolate from the first U.S. case of COVID-19. United Methodist churches in the Seattle area have been affected by the coronavirus outbreak there. Image courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Adjusting to coronavirus threat

United Methodist churches, conferences take precautions as exposure to the virus becomes a reality.
Social Concerns
Jose Antonio Marchas Novela recounts the threats of violence that caused him to flee Mexico with his wife, Irlanda Lizbeth Jimenez Rodriguez, and their 1-year-old son, Jose Antonio. The family took shelter at the Christ United Methodist Ministry Center in San Diego in August 2018 while seeking asylum. United Methodists are initiating a $2 million project to support asylum seekers in the U.S.  File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

UMCOR, partners start asylum seekers project

The three-year, $2 million pilot project also will engage local church members on a community level as they embrace the biblical mandate of welcoming the stranger.

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