Phillipines Jurisdiction

Social Concerns
Staff members and management of the Wesley Savings and Multipurpose Cooperative hold hands in prayer during a meeting at their office in San Isidro, Philippines. The cooperative’s purpose is “to alleviate poverty and enhance the dignity and quality of life of people,” said the Rev. Ferdinand J. Valdez, top executive of the cooperative. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Ferdinand J. Valdez.

Filipino cooperative models faith in action

Since 2002, the Wesley Savings and Multipurpose Cooperative has provided tools for economic self-sufficiency, loving God through serving the community.
Social Concerns
From left, the Rev. Glofie Baluntong, a United Methodist district superintendent, and the Revs. Wilfredo Yasay, Resty Herrera and Corazon Florece stand in front of the mission center at Dangay 3000 United Methodist Church in Roxas, Philippines. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Glofie Baluntong.

Police question United Methodists about sanctuary guests

A district superintendent and pastor in the Philippines said police intimidated and threatened them for offering sanctuary to human rights workers.
General Church
Leaders of the Reform and Renewal Coalition, a group of unofficial traditionalist advocacy groups, pose with bishops from Africa and Europe, after a closed-door meeting in which the leaders and central conference bishops discussed the denomination’s situation and possible future. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS.

Traditionalists, bishops talk church future

Leaders of traditionalist advocacy groups held a listening session with bishops from Africa, Europe and the Philippines. Church separation was on the table.
Mission and Ministry
A family spends the night in a makeshift tent in Porac, Philippines, after a powerful earthquake struck the main island of Luzon on Monday. Photo by Rommuel S. Flores.

Deadly earthquake damages Filipino churches

United Methodists are picking up the pieces after a powerful earthquake struck the island of Luzon, killing at least 16 people and damaging homes and churches.

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