Philippines Central Conference

Global Health
The Rev. Marvin Sulayao De Leon of Manena United Methodist Church in Bulacan, Philippines, receives a COVID-19 vaccine at San Miguel Bulacan Vaccination Center. United Methodists in the Philippines have worked with the government to fast-track vaccinations for church leaders, who are not categorized as front line workers, so that their ministry with the community can continue safely. Photo courtesy of  Glessie Yambot De Leon.

Filipino churchgoers minister amid COVID-19

United Methodist churches have responded with prayer vigils, outreach to those affected, fast-tracked vaccinations for church workers and ongoing information sharing.
Global Health
Health workers vaccinate Francia Nolasco, 78, against COVID-19 at her home in Marikina, Metro Manila, Philippines. The United Methodist Board of Church and Society in the Philippines is calling on the government to provide coherent direction in addressing the pandemic crisis. Photo by Eloisa Lopez, Reuters.

Church leaders urge stronger pandemic response

Encouraging compassion, Philippines church and society board calls on government to enforce quarantine rules, offer mass COVID-19 testing and provide coherent direction.
General Church
Delegates from the Philippines and Southeast Asia sing during the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis. Nearly 300 Filipino United Methodists joined a virtual conversation March 16 to talk about the Christmas Covenant and other plans for the future of The United Methodist Church. More webinars are planned for church members in Africa and Europe. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Restructuring legislation gets a hearing

The drafters of the Christmas Covenant are leading webinars in the Philippines, Africa and Europe about their proposal for changing the denomination’s global structure.
General Church
Filipino Bishops Rodolfo A. Juan, Ciriaco Q. Francisco and Pedro M. Torio Jr. lead prayer during the 2019 Special Session of the United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis on Feb. 23. The Philippines Central Conference’s coordinating council voted to extend the episcopal leadership of the three bishops through the end of 2021. File photo by Kathleen Barry, UM News.

Filipinos debate, approve extension of bishops' terms

The Philippines Central Conference’s coordinating council voted to extend the terms of the country’s three incumbent bishops through the end of 2021, but some argue that the action violates church law.

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