Iowa Annual Conference

Local Church
High gas prices and inflation are affecting the ministries of United Methodist pastors in the U.S., who are dealing with increased demand at food pantries and other charities, as well as their own paychecks not stretching as far. Original photo by Paul Brennan, courtesy of Pixabay; graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Inflation, gas prices complicate ministries

Rising prices are affecting the ministries of United Methodists, especially rural multi-point charges. Pastors also are finding the buying power of their paychecks shrinking.
Poverty
The Cultivate Hope Corner Store opened April 27 in a neighborhood that lacks other affordable, nutritious food sources. The store is operated by Matthew 25, which is devoted to empowering people to rebuild and renew their neighborhoods. Photo courtesy of the Iowa Conference.

Corner Store helps feed community

The Cultivate Hope Corner Store opened April 27 in a neighborhood that lacks other affordable, nutritious food sources. The store offers organics, meat, dairy, produce and dry goods, and has some free products. Story by the Iowa Conference.
Mission and Ministry
Graduates of the Ron Wilmot Comprehensive Seminary Secondary School in Nigeria gather for a class photo. On Oct. 16, they became the first graduating senior class of the United Methodist-supported school, which is named after a late missionary from Iowa. Photo by Daniel Garba, UM News.

Big day for United Methodist school, guesthouse

Northern Nigeria Conference celebrates graduation at school named for late Ron Wilmot, missionary, and dedicates new guesthouse for visiting volunteers.
Racism
A person reacts outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis after the guilty verdict handed down April 20 in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd. While expressing the sense that the verdict was just, United Methodist leaders urged continuing work toward dismantling widespread racism and systemic injustice against people of color. Photo by Carlos Barria, Reuters.

United Methodists react to Chauvin verdict

Church leaders praised the justice of the verdict against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd, but cautioned that much work lies ahead to overcome systemic racism.

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