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Keeping heart of camping alive during COVID-19

Methodist News - Wed, 06/10/2020 - 08:15
Because of COVID-19, many United Methodist camps have had to cancel this year. That breaks the hearts of camp leaders who know how important the experience is to faith development.

African churches begin to reopen

Methodist News - Tue, 06/09/2020 - 09:49
As countries ease lockdown restrictions, in-person services resume for some, while others proceed with caution.

Delay in elections upends bishops’ plans

Methodist News - Tue, 06/09/2020 - 09:29
With the election of new bishops postponed until 2021 and 2022, those scheduled to retire are making plans for the interim.

Clergy, laity tell harrowing COVID-19 stories

Methodist News - Mon, 06/08/2020 - 11:05
“Respect this virus,” pleads a pastor battling the coronavirus. Others in the denomination who have been directly affected agree.

COVID-19 slows aid to Cyclone Idai survivors

Methodist News - Fri, 06/05/2020 - 09:00
Despite lockdowns, church continues to offer spiritual and material support in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi.

2020 Great Plains Annual Conference

Methodist News - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 14:16
May 30, via teleconference.

Moving beyond protests to stamp out racism

Methodist News - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 10:36
Amid protests and prayer vigils, United Methodists are joining the long-term struggle against oppression and toward reconciliation.

Different vacation Bible school coming this summer

Methodist News - Wed, 06/03/2020 - 09:21
Many churches are opting for a virtual vacation Bible school for the safety and health of children and volunteers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pastor connects through protest hymn

Methodist News - Tue, 06/02/2020 - 11:37
Sparked by the death of George Floyd and others, the Rev. R. DeAndre Johnson shares his own anguished song and finds an internet audience.

Church aids flood survivors in Congo

Methodist News - Tue, 06/02/2020 - 09:32
Donations from Switzerland Methodist Church, Wespath also help pastors and their families struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.

Statements against racism

Methodist News - Mon, 06/01/2020 - 16:17
Since protests against police brutality and violence triggered by the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others, United Methodist bishops and others have been speaking out.

United Methodists preach, protest and decry racism

Methodist News - Mon, 06/01/2020 - 15:28
Many United Methodists participated in protests in support of Black Lives Matter, calling for an end to police brutality and violence against people of color after the death of George Floyd in police custody.

The risk the white church must take to address racism

Methodist News - Mon, 06/01/2020 - 12:43
“The single greatest obstacle for the white church’s response to racism isn’t silence, it’s being lukewarm. It’s being shallow and timid in how we address racism in the church,” writes The Rev. Eric Mayle.

Collection rates plunge as COVID-19 rises

Methodist News - Mon, 06/01/2020 - 11:37
Giving to general church ministries plummeted in April as the denomination focused on slowing the disease and supporting local churches.

From children’s song to church anthem

Methodist News - Fri, 05/29/2020 - 09:34
“We Are the Church” is a song for Pentecost, yet the popular hymn almost didn’t make it into The United Methodist Hymnal.

Preaching can highlight climate crisis

Methodist News - Fri, 05/29/2020 - 09:02
United Methodists spoke about environmental justice at an online gathering devoted to the art of preaching.

COVID-19 fund grants help fill the gaps

Methodist News - Thu, 05/28/2020 - 13:07
From Louisiana to the Philippines, United Methodists are finding ways to assist those affected by the coronavirus pandemic and asking for support from the UMCOR COVID-19 Response Fund.

Churches practice caution before reopening

Methodist News - Thu, 05/28/2020 - 09:22
United Methodist bishops are setting guidelines and recommending times for the churches in their conference to reopen — recommendations that are not necessarily the same as what their state governments are allowing.

Chance meeting leads to understanding about reparations

Methodist News - Thu, 05/28/2020 - 06:00
A chance meeting between two women leads a white woman whose ancestors owned a rice plantation to think concretely about reparations.

Bishop Jones removed from SMU board

Methodist News - Wed, 05/27/2020 - 13:55
The Texas Conference leader was ousted by fellow trustees after he joined the South Central Jurisdictional Conference’s lawsuit against the school.
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