Social Issues

Local Church
A mural at the United Methodist Christ Ministry Center in San Diego illustrates part of the text of Matthew 25, the biblical basis of the center’s ministry among immigrants who have crossed the nearby border. Still frame from video by Joey Butler, UM News.

Haitian migrants bring vitality to declining church

Congregation changes from being a traditional church to a ministry center and opens its doors wide to those in need.
General Agencies
During a June 25 online meeting, the General Council on Finance and Administration board voted to update local-church statistical forms to include the option of non-binary under the category of gender. This change only affects the U.S. Excerpt of the current church statistical form highlighted for emphasis by UM News.

Church to start counting non-binary members

The board of The United Methodist Church’s finance agency approved adding the term “non-binary” alongside “male” and “female” on church statistical forms. The change only affects U.S. congregations.
Local Church
Members of Centenary UMC in Metuchen, New Jersey, celebrate diversity and the love of God through service and community. Photo courtesy of Centenary United Methodist Church.

Ask The UMC: How may United Methodists observe Heritage Months?

Because most United Methodist congregations in the US are mono-ethnic, it's important for them to take care when observing history or heritage months of races and cultures different from theirs.
Social Concerns
(From left) Eastern Pennsylvania Bishop Peggy Johnson prays with the Rev. Jeanette Davis, the Rev. Gregory Holston and his wife, Deborah Holston, and others on the lawn of Janes Memorial United Methodist Church in Philadelphia, during an interfaith prayer vigil on April 23. The Black Clergy of Philadelphia & Vicinity called upon the city’s pastors to lead prayers at or near their houses of worship amid a surge of gun violence in the Philadelphia area. Photo by John W. Coleman, UM News.

Seeking gun violence remedies, policing reforms

Amid an escalation in shootings and murders in Philadelphia, Eastern Pennsylvania Conference hosts virtual events to address urban violence and policing in African American communities.

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