Philippines Central Conference

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.
Mission and Ministry
Bishop Rodolfo A. Juan (in red stole) and a team of United Methodists pray over generators for the Bicol Philippines Conference. The generators from United Methodist Communications are being loaned to churches to provide free charging to communities affected by a series of powerful typhoons in the Philippines. Photo by Jerome Mercado.

United Methodists rally to help typhoon survivors

From sheltering evacuees to raising money, gathering supplies and sharing generators, Filipino United Methodists and church partners are embracing those affected by recent storms.
Mission and Ministry
Survivors gather after Super Typhoon Rolly hit Tabaco City, Philippines. The storm damaged or destroyed the homes of six families who belong to The Living Stone United Methodist Church there. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Richie Grace Verganio.

United Methodists devastated by trio of typhoons

Many families are homeless and at least one church collapsed as three strong typhoons pummeled the Philippines in less than three weeks.

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