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Human Rights
The Rev. Dr. Ron Bell. Photo courtesy of the author.

Mental health and the Black church

Research shows the emotional and mental health issues shouldered by Black leaders and churches have worsened markedly with COVID-19. How will the church respond?
Local Church
The Rev. Ruth Marsh offers a cup of tea to 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.

Small church transforms lives with day shelter

A United Methodist congregation works with community partners to provide services for the homeless and working poor, from meals and showers to assistance with complicated social programs.
Mission and Ministry
The Rev. César Lodiha Akoka visits with one of the widows he is assisting through his Volunteers in Mission club started at Africa University in Mutare, Zimbabwe. Photo by Chenayi Kumuterera, UM News.

Pastor passes along blessings to orphans, widows

The many times God answered his prayers led the Rev. César Lodiha Akoka to start the first Volunteers in Mission club in his home of Kinshasa, Congo.
Local Church
The God’s Flock children’s choir from Belmont United Methodist Church sings “Away in a Manger” during an outdoor service in 2021 at Rose Park in Nashville, Tenn. In this second Advent season during the COVID-19 pandemic, the church held two Christmas Eve services, one of them outdoors. United Methodist congregations are making adjustments to keep parishioners safe as the omicron variant surges. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Churches face another test with omicron

Some United Methodist congregations in the U.S. return to online-only gatherings as case numbers mount.

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