Phillipines Jurisdiction

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.
Violence
Clellandley Bueno, a student from Wesleyan University-Philippines, performs a dance during a Lenten event in Cabanatuan City, Philippines. The gathering was hosted by John Wesley Academy and Critical Thinking Center to decry the killings of 14 farmers in the Negros Oriental province. Photo by Gladys Mangiduoys, UMNS.

United Methodists decry killings of farmers

United Methodists join other human rights groups in condemning the killings of 14 farmers.
General Church
A United Methodist deaf choir signs the words of a hymn during worship in the Baguio Area in northern Philippines. Across the country, an assessment team saw evidence of church vitality. Photo courtesy of the Standing Committee on Central Conference Matters.

Creative spirit lifts Philippines’ churches

A United Methodist team looked at whether the Philippines should have more bishops. The group’s report highlighted church strengths and needs.

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