Ministry

Church Leadership
The Rev. Angela Cooley Bulhof hugs Caton Darling during a visit to his home in Lake Charles, La., to check on the progress of repairs following Hurricane Laura in 2020. Bulhof, pastor of University United Methodist Church in Lake Charles, says Louisiana has been pounded by seven hurricanes and two tropical storms since August 2020. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Stress, burnout afflicting pastors

The daily life of United Methodist pastors is getting more and more stressful, with COVID-19, racial unrest, natural disasters and a likely denominational split over sexuality taking a toll.
Mission and Ministry
The Rev. Ruth Marsh (right) comforts Angi Rogers, a guest in the day shelter at Trinity United Methodist Church in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Rogers had not been feeling well and Marsh settled her in a Sunday school classroom to get some rest. “Everybody here takes care of me and each other,” Rogers said. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Churches see lots of need this Advent

Many congregations and affiliated nonprofits in the U.S. are stepping up efforts to help low-income people squeezed by inflation and affordable housing shortages.
Social Concerns
The Rev. Margret Powell. Photo courtesy of the author

Encountering racism but extending love

Whether in school or the workplace, the Rev. Margret Powell experienced hostility and ridicule as a person of color, but she persevered.
Social Concerns
The Rev. Joel Hortiales (left) prays with Carlos Ivan Baran Hidalgo; his wife, Danelly Mazariegos Morales; and their 3-year-old daughter, Scarlett Juliette, at the Camino de Salvación shelter in Tijuana, Mexico. The family fled violence in Guatemala and is hoping to pursue a claim for asylum in the U.S. Hortiales is a United Methodist missionary and serves as director of Hispanic/Latino ministries and border concerns for the California-Pacific Conference. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Photo essay: ‘I was a stranger…’

In September, a UM News team accompanied faith leaders from the United Methodist Church and the Methodist Church of Mexico on visits to migrant communities along the U.S.-Mexico border. See how the church is ministering to those in need through the eyes of photojournalist Mike DuBose.

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