Faith Stories
The Rev. Edgar Avitia Legarda (center) follows along in prayer during the missionary blessing service at Atlanta’s Grace United Methodist Church in May 2018. Avitia, a longtime staff member of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, died on June 27. Roland Fernandes, later top staff executive of Global Ministries, is to his right. File photo by Hector Amador, Global Ministries.

Global Ministries staffer mourned near and far

The Rev. Edgar Avitia Legarda, who died of a heart attack on June 27, traveled extensively through Latin America and the Caribbean and became a valued colleague to Methodist leaders there.
The Rev. Sarah Slack preaches at a Monday morning Bible study and Holy Communion service, amid the worship visuals she created. Photo by Sarah Varnell, the Holston Conference.

Worship visuals bless many annual conferences

The Rev. Sarah Slack has created altar settings at the Holston Annual Conference for almost 20 years. On June 5, she preached in front of intertwined circles she envisioned for a “Worship Together” theme.
Local Church
The Rev. Margie McNeir joins in waiting for a group photograph of members of the Amarillo United Methodist after its chartering service on June 4, in Amarillo, Texas. Alarmed at the prospect that Amarillo would, because of disaffiliations, have no United Methodist church, McNeir took the lead in starting Amarillo United Methodist. Photo by Sam Hodges, UM News.

United Methodism lives on in Amarillo

Retired pastor takes lead in founding church in a West Texas city beset by disaffiliations.
Faith Stories
Susan Henry-Crowe, top executive of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society, and Fr. John Floberg, rector of Episcopal churches St James, St. Luke's and Church of the Cross on the Standing Rock nation, stand outside the North Dakota state capitol grounds in Bismark in 2016. Henry-Crowe retired on Dec. 31, 2022, after eight years leading Church and Society and almost 49 years of active ministry in The United Methodist Church. File photo by John Hill, Church and Society.

Henry-Crowe reflects on almost 50 years of ministry

Retired from the United Methodist Board of Church and Society since December, Henry-Crowe says a United Nations seminar at age 16 launched a career focusing on peace and justice.

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