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Mission and Ministry
Bishop John Wesley Yohanna addresses the media during the commissioning of a borehole-drilling machine at The United Methodist Church’s headquarters in Jalingo, Nigeria. The rig will provide access to clean water in rural villages. Photo by the Rev. Ande Emmanuel, UM News.

New drilling machine boosts clean water efforts

The United Methodist Church in Nigeria’s purchase of a new borehole-drilling rig offers the hope of clean water for more people in rural villages.
Mission and Ministry
Custodian James Jimmerson disinfects the chancel area to prevent any possible spread of the coronavirus at Belmont United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn., on Sunday, May 10, 2020, after online worship, which is recorded in the chapel. Bishops are setting guidelines, including standards for cleaning, and recommending what they think are appropriate times for the churches in their conference to reopen. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Churches practice caution before reopening

United Methodist bishops are setting guidelines and recommending times for the churches in their conference to reopen — recommendations that are not necessarily the same as what their state governments are allowing.
Social Concerns
Pat Luna speaks during a panel discussion at the Leadership Institute, held at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, Sept. 25-27. She was joined by the Revs. Adam Hamilton, Junius B. Dotson, Ginger Gaines-Cirelli and Michael Bowie. This year’s event focused on preserving, but reforming The United Methodist Church.  Photo by Sam Hodges, UM News.

Annual event becomes forum on church’s future

Centrists and progressives turn Leadership Institute into discussion and strategizing session.
Social Concerns
The Rev. Anna Blaedel (at microphone) speaks during the Iowa Annual Conference in June 2016. Blaedel is facing a church trial after being charged under the ban against ordination of a “self-avowed practicing homosexual.” File photo by Arthur McClanahan, Iowa Conference.

Iowa clergyperson to face trial

The Rev. Anna Blaedel is charged with violating The United Methodist Book of Discipline as a “self-avowed practicing homosexual.”

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