Young Adults

Theology and Education
Africa University Chaplain the Rev. Maudy Muchanyereyi is among members of the university community providing emotional support to students and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo courtesy of Africa University.

COVID-19 alters dreams at Africa University

As students and staff mourn the loss of family and friends, AU provides emotional support and encouragement.
Global Health
The Rev. Jisu Jang dips a shell into water during an Aug. 24 Renewal of Baptism and Shell Service at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington. The service uses shells as a symbol of students’ journey of faith and ministry. Wesley is resuming on-campus gatherings, albeit with vaccination and mask mandates, after a long period of remote learning due to the pandemic. Photo by Lisa Helfert Photography for Wesley Theological Seminary, 2021.

Colleges, seminaries grapple with shot, mask mandates

As another fall term begins in the COVID-19 pandemic, United Methodist schools are trying to make campus life as normal as possible while also putting in place vaccination and masking polices.
Social Concerns
Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan pick through debris piled up by the storm in Tacloban, Philippines, in 2013 while looking for their lost possessions. Young Methodists from around the globe are working together to fight global warming and have focused on equipping vulnerable communities on the front lines of climate change with the resources they need to adapt to the changing world. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Young Methodists raising climate change awareness

Young Methodists have taken it upon themselves to educate as many people as possible about the danger of climate change and ways to combat it. The effort is called Climate Justice for All, or CJ4A.
Social Concerns
Abdul Conteh (left) and Foday Kamara work for an artisanal diamond miner in Kono, Sierra Leone. Moving large piles of dirt from one location to the next is backbreaking work that pays $2 a day. Artisanal miners are independent and not associated with the large mining companies in the area. Photo by Kathy L. Gilbert, UM News.

Diamond mining often robs children of education

In the diamond-rich Kono District in Sierra Leone, young people are often lured into mining rather than going to school. One United Methodist girl says her generation is changing that story.

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