Liberia Episcopal Area

Theology and Education
The United Methodist Church’s episcopal residence in Monrovia, Liberia, will be turned over to the United Methodist University’s Graduate School of Professional Studies. Photo by E Julu Swen, UM News.

Episcopal residence decommissioned for educational use in Liberia

The property will be used by the United Methodist University’s Graduate School of Professional Studies.
Church History
In 1858, Francis Burns was elected as the first Black bishop in the Methodist Episcopal Church. He served as a missionary bishop in Liberia. Image originated from an engraving by J.C. Buttre; photographed by Matthew Brady, courtesy of GCAH. Colorized version from Francis Burns United Methodist Church in Des Moines, Iowa.

Ask The UMC: Francis Burns, first Black bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church

The Rev. Francis Burns, raised as an indentured servant, became the first Black bishop in The Methodist Episcopal Church as Missionary Bishop of Liberia in 1858.
Mission and Ministry
Members of the Glen View Football Academy practice soccer on a makeshift field near Harare, Zimbabwe. They are part of a United Methodist program that reaches out to young addicts and other vulnerable youth to put them on a better path. Photo by Eveline Chikwanah, UM News.

United Methodists help young addicts kick habit

Church couple starts soccer academy in Zimbabwe to help fight drug and substance abuse and to rehabilitate local youth.
Mission and Ministry
Alice M. Nyankolor expresses her appreciation for the new wheelchair she received thanks to Asbury United Methodist Church in Allentown, Pa., in cooperation with Healthy Women, Healthy Liberia’s Waterfield Primary Healthcare Center in Kakata, Liberia. Photo by E Julu Swen, UM News.

Wheelchairs provide freedom for 50 Liberians

The donation was part of Asbury United Methodist Church’s Barrels of Love ministry, in partnership with Healthy Women, Healthy Liberia and Through These Hands medical mission.

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