Mentoring

Local Church
Billie Jean Baker has an apartment now but for about three years had no home of her own and often slept outside Dallas’ Oaklawn United Methodist Church. She recently received a Harry Denman Evangelism Award for helping the church expand its ministry with the homeless. Photo by Sam Hodges, UM News.

Evangelism award winner slept outside church

Billy Jean Baker is honored for using her personal experience with homelessness to help Dallas’ Oak Lawn United Methodist Church open its doors wider.
Social Concerns
Congressman John Lewis speaks during a 2009 worship service at the historic Brown Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Selma, Ala., during the 44th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, the 1965 Selma-Montgomery Voting Rights March. “We were prepared to walk from here to Montgomery,” he said. “We were prepared to take a beating, to give a little blood. Selma, Selma, Selma helped liberate all of us.” File photo by Kathy L. Gilbert, UM News.

Lewis, Vivian proved faith can change a nation

The Revs. John Lewis and C.T. Vivian were models of authentic religion, said United Methodists who are still inspired by their lives of faith.
Local Church
Agronomist Rachid Mutoro (right), a United Methodist in the Kivu Conference, helps a member of United Methodist Men tend to a new tree nursery the men have started in Goma, Congo. The men’s group is planning to transfer the trees to United Methodist church land in the region. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UM News.

United Methodist men fight climate change in Congo

The men’s groups are planting trees on United Methodist properties and educating church members on ways to protect the environment.
Local Church
The Rev. Paige Swaim-Presley (center) imposes ashes on the forehead of a student at Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss., during Ash Wednesday services in 2018. A grant from the Lilly Endowment to the United Methodist-related college will help women clergy in the South with mentoring and networking. File photo courtesy of Millsaps College.

Lilly grants help with clergy mentoring, networking

Nearly $70 million in grants support programs aimed at helping pastors thrive — including five grants to United Methodist organizations.

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