Social Issues

Global Health
The Rev. Sunny Brown Farley (left) tells how AIDS has affected her life, as the Rev. Marc Baliyanga (center) listens. Farley, who is coordinator of the United Methodist Global AIDS Committee, and Baliyanga, dean of the Rwanda United Methodist Provisional Conference, spoke at a June conference on HIV and AIDS in Kilgali, Rwanda. Photo by the Rev. Donald E. Messer.

HIV and AIDS conference encourages acceptance, not fear

The June 9-12 seminar was the last of a forum series for Rwanda Provisional Conference pastors and spouses.
Immigration
UM News is the official news gathering agency of the 13-million member United Methodist Church. Map courtesy of Pixabay; graphic by UM News.

Church responds after mass death of migrants

Even as they grieve the deaths of at least 51 migrants in San Antonio, United Methodists are continuing to care for immigrants and address what drives people to such peril.
Human Rights
A view of the U.S. Supreme Court. United Methodists have varied reactions after the Supreme Court on June 24 overturned Roe v. Wade, holding that there is no longer a federal constitutional right to an abortion. Photo courtesy of the Architect of the Capitol.

United Methodists react to end of Roe v. Wade

United Methodists alternately expressed fear and contentment with the U.S. Supreme Court decision released June 24 that holds there is no longer a federal constitutional right to an abortion.
Immigration
People wade or ride rafts made from inner tubes across the Suchiate River, which forms part of the border between Guatemala and Mexico, near Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico. The busy, informal crossing is used by migrants as well as by people hauling commercial cargo in both directions. A ride across on one of the inner tube rafts usually costs between 10 and 20 Guatemalan quetzals, roughly $1.25-$2.50 U.S. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Church leaders explore ways to help migrants in Mexico

A group of leaders from the Methodist Church of Mexico and The United Methodist Church traveled to southern Mexico in April to meet with groups working with immigrants crossing into the country.

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