Philippines Central Conference

General Church
Filipino bishops Ciriaco Q. Francisco (from left), Pedro Torio Jr., Rodolfo A. Juan and Emerito Nacpil (retired) pray during a 2013 meeting of the Council of Bishops. In response to the coronavirus, the active bishops postponed 17 annual conferences in the Philippines indefinitely. File photo by Andrew Jensen.

Coronavirus disrupts 17 Filipino annual conference sessions

Due to the threat of the coronavirus and quarantines in the region, the annual gatherings have been postponed indefinitely.
General Church
United Methodist Bishops Rodolfo A. Juan (left), Ciriaco Q. Francisco (center) and Pedro M. Torio Jr. preside over a session of the Philippines Annual Conference Cavite, meeting in Tagaytay City, Philippines. The conference endorsed and sent to the 2020 General Conference legislation for the Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation and for the Christmas Covenant, two key proposals for the future of The United Methodist Church. Photo courtesy of the United Methodist Youth Fellowship of Philippines Annual Conference, Cavite.

Conference acts on protocol, Christmas Covenant

Philippines Conference Cavite endorses and sends on to the 2020 General Conference two proposals for the future of The United Methodist Church.
Human Rights
Bishop Rodolfo A. Juan (center) and the Rev. Rubynell Estrella lead a candlelight prayer service at United Methodist Church in Manila for Lumad farmers caught in a violent protest at the Spottswood United Methodist Church in April 2016. United Methodist leaders have condemned a recent raid on a mission center that houses 500 displaced Lumad in Mindanao, Philippines. File photo courtesy of Gladys P. Mangiduyos, UM News.

Filipino United Methodists defend Lumad sanctuary

Bishop, church leaders condemn closure order, raid on mission center that houses 500 displaced indigenous people in Mindanao, Philippines.
Mission and Ministry
Evacuees in Mataas Na Kahoy in the province of Batangas, Philippines, receive relief goods from the Philippines Central Conference’s Asuncion Perez Memorial Center. United Methodists are among the many people responding to the thousands displaced by the Taal volcano eruption Jan. 12 on Luzon Island. Photo courtesy of Liza A. Cortez.

United Methodists in Philippines help volcano evacuees

Churches offer hot meals, other relief to thousands of evacuees as fears of a bigger eruption mount.

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