Global Church

Social Concerns
Bishop Rodolfo A. Juan (left) prays for a leader (red vest) at a camp for displaced people in Malaybalay, Philippines, in 2017. The United Methodist Church in the Philippines has condemned extrajudicial killings and other human rights abuses in the country, as well as protesting the treatment of indigenous people. The church has worked both alone and through ecumenical groups like the National Council of Churches. File photo courtesy of Dan Ela.

United Methodists decry 'red-tagging' of church council

The National Council of Churches in the Philippines was labeled as a “front organization of local communist terrorist groups” by the Department of National Defense of the Philippines Government.
Evangelism
Maimouna Diaby, 18, learns to sew in a class at Canaan United Methodist Church in Mbour, Senegal. The church is part of two mission initiatives in Senegal and Cameroon that will join the Côte d’Ivoire Conference. Photo by Isaac Broune, UM News.

Two mission initiatives to join Côte d’Ivoire

With the addition of Senegal and Cameroon, the Côte d'Ivoire Conference will have 27 districts.
Mission and Ministry
International participants listen during a presentation at the United Methodist HIV/AIDS summit in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. From left are Augustin Bahati, communicator and member of the Rwanda Provisional Conference’s health board;  Pauline Roberts, HIV and AIDS counselor and coordinator for the Liberia Conference; and Dr. Madaki Micah Musa, chairman of the church’s health board in the Nigeria Conference. Photo by Isaac Broune, UMNS.

Strategizing to fight HIV, AIDS in West Africa

Thirty delegates from Côte d'Ivoire, Liberia, Nigeria, Rwanda and the U.S. attended a United Methodist summit in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.
General Church
Delegates attend opening worship at the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis in February. Given escalating conflict in the denomination over LGBTQ inclusion, two bishops are pushing a plan to create two or three self-governing church groups, with The United Methodist Church remaining as an umbrella organization. File photo by Kathleen Barry, UM News.

2 bishops offer plan for denomination’s future

To deal with schism-threatening conflict over homosexuality, Bishops Bard and Jones favor making The United Methodist Church an umbrella for self-governing church groups.

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