West Virginia Annual Conference

Immigration
Maria Chavalan Sut prepares a meal for herself in the kitchen at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in Charlottesville, Va. After three years of living in sanctuary at the church, Chavalan Sut, who fled Guatemala in 2016, received a Stay of Removal for one year that allows her to move freely until her asylum case is heard. Photo © Richard Lord.

Woman in sanctuary relishes new freedom

Maria Chavalan Sut, who lived in sanctuary at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in Charlottesville, Virginia, has been granted a Stay of Removal for one year.
Social Concerns
A train loaded with coal sits on the tracks inside the now-bankrupt mining company Blackjewel's former Black Mountain mining complex. United Methodist churches have stepped up to offer food, school supplies and help with utility bills to out-of-work miners. Photo by Charles Mostoller/Reuters photo

Churches step up to help unemployed miners

After the sudden bankruptcy of the Blackjewel mining company last month, United Methodists are helping with food, utility bills, school supplies and information.
Evangelism
Wayne Worth (right) embraces Roger outside his home in Fisher, W.Va. Worth, a member of United Methodist Temple in Clarksburg, was passing out flyers containing information about local resources for anyone struggling with addiction, when he met Roger.

Outreach ministry for addiction is simple, effective

For the cost of a ream of paper and some printer ink, a United Methodist layperson in West Virginia is confronting his state’s opioid epidemic one door at a time.
General Church
The Rev. Forbes Matonga. Photo by Paul Jeffrey.

Traditional plans keep status quo

Two traditional plans appeal to United Methodists who wish to continue to restrict the role of gay people in the church.

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