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Social Concerns
Demonstrators carry placards during a march against xenophobia in Johannesburg in 2015. Xenophobia — fear or hatred of strangers or foreigners — continues to be widespread in South Africa, where harassment and violence against African and Asian non-nationals are routine and sometimes lethal, according to Human Rights Watch. File photo by Mike Hutchings, Reuters.

Church takes on xenophobia in South Africa

In collaboration with the Council of Churches of South Africa, United Methodists are educating young people about xenophobic attacks and the meaning of being “foreign.”
Violence
A student was killed on school property yesterday after a shootout that wounded a police officer in east Knoxville, TN. United Methodists are trying to find ways to help a school that was already reeling from shooting deaths of four students since January. Photo courtesy of the Holston Conference.

After school shooting, United Methodists grasp for answers

United Methodists in Knoxville, Tennessee where a fatal school shooting happened April 12 are trying to help a school that was already reeling from shooting deaths of four students since January.
General Church
Southern Methodist University’s Dallas Hall was its first building and remains a campus centerpiece. A judge recently ruled for SMU and against the South Central Jurisdictional Conference of The United Methodist Church in a lawsuit over whether ultimate control of the Dallas school belongs to its board of trustees or the conference. The conference has filed an appeal. Photo by Sam Hodges, UM News.

Judge rules for SMU over jurisdiction

The South Central Jurisdictional Conference of The United Methodist Church is appealing a lower court loss in suit over who controls the Dallas school.
Mission and Ministry
Rachel Barwe issues textbooks to students in the library at Hartzell High School, a United Methodist school at Old Mutare Mission in Mutare, Zimbabwe. A 2019 fire burned many of the school’s textbooks, creating challenges for students and staff. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UM News.

Church school's library restocked after fire

Alumni of United Methodist Hartzell High School in Zimbabwe have been raising money to replace some of the 40,000 books lost in a 2019 fire.

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