The Rev. Fred Vanderwerf will return to Ukraine this fall for the first time since serving as a missionary there from 2000 to 2008. As the coordinator for In Mission Together: Ukraine under the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, he will be looking for ways to help.
June 24 marked 50 years since an arson fire at the Up Stairs Lounge, a gay bar in New Orleans, killed 32 people and inured 15 more. Churches across the city refused to assist with proper funerals, however, St. Mark's United Methodist Church held an open service for those affected.
Nikita Samsonenko’s road to America from war-torn Ukraine has been eased by United Methodists, including a Prague women’s center; churches in Michigan and United Methodist-related Adrian College. Samsonenko is now a student at Adrian College.