Phillipines Jurisdiction

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.
Social Concerns
Bishop Rodolfo A. Juan (left) prays for a leader (red vest) at a camp for displaced people in Malaybalay, Philippines, in 2017. The United Methodist Church in the Philippines has condemned extrajudicial killings and other human rights abuses in the country, as well as protesting the treatment of indigenous people. The church has worked both alone and through ecumenical groups like the National Council of Churches. File photo courtesy of Dan Ela.

United Methodists decry 'red-tagging' of church council

The National Council of Churches in the Philippines was labeled as a “front organization of local communist terrorist groups” by the Department of National Defense of the Philippines Government.
Mission and Ministry
Julius Caesar V. Sicat, regional director of the Philippine Department of Science and Technology, stands by an amphibious rescue vehicle prototype designed to save lives in the event of major flooding. Photo courtesy of Ryan de Lara.

United Methodist works on amphibious rescue vehicle

The new vehicle could speed up rescue and relief efforts since it will move seamlessly from land to water and back again.

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