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1 - Native Americans joyful about SCOTUS decision
2 - Growing up with institutional racism
3 - Indiana megachurch leaves denomination
4 - Church helps victims of flood and COVID-19
5 - Churches celebrate end of 2018-2020 Ebola outbreak
6 - Smaller communities affected by protests
7 - Close ties challenge rural Africa COVID-19 fight
8 - Court ruling temporarily halts Dakota pipeline
9 - Delegates: Use GC2020 delay for new vision
10 - Time for Cross and Flame to go
11 - In trying times, churches extend their reach
12 - Donations pour in for church hospitals, missions
13 - Church parking lots fill for COVID-19 testing
14 - Unsnarling US and church racial history
15 - Native ministry fills need in Tulsa food desert
16 - Series: Food insecurity and the COVID-19 pandemic
17 - Churches adapt to ‘new normal’ in Philippines
18 - Surviving tribulations part of school’s history
19 - Food relief helps in Liberia’s COVID-19 fight
20 - When pandemic ends, confusion in church will remain
21 - Pastors ‘make friends with the soil’ during lockdown
22 - Q&A: What delay means for General Conference
23 - New drilling machine boosts clean water efforts
24 - ʽService of Lament’ challenges church on racism
25 - AU, Yale students aim to fill health care gaps
26 - Prisoners facing crisis during COVID-19
27 - DACA decision brings joy, but battle not over
28 - Bishops pledge more effective anti-racism campaign
29 - Food insecurity and the COVID-19 pandemic
30 - AU students condemn US racism, ethnic tribalism
31 - Black father prepares sons for racial injustice
32 - Local churches show resilience in crisis
33 - Renewed vigor in the fight against racism
34 - Yed Angoran, a global leader, dies at 73
35 - Back in church: ‘Like Easter and Christmas’
36 - European churches easing back into live worship
37 - 2020 Arkansas Annual Conference
38 - Filipinos speak out against anti-terrorism bill
39 - IT heroes kept church going during COVID-19
40 - Robert E. Lee image out at Boise church
41 - #MeToo case ends with surrendered credentials
42 - Confronting ridiculous 'logic' of white supremacy
43 - Kenyan women shift sewing ministry during pandemic
44 - Police reform must involve reconciliation
45 - Keeping heart of camping alive during COVID-19
46 - African churches begin to reopen
47 - Delay in elections upends bishops’ plans
48 - Clergy, laity tell harrowing COVID-19 stories
49 - COVID-19 slows aid to Cyclone Idai survivors
50 - 2020 Great Plains Annual Conference
1 - Native Americans joyful about SCOTUS decision

United Methodist Native Americans expressed elation over a U.S. Supreme Court decision affirming their jurisdiction over criminal prosecutions of tribe members on reservations in Oklahoma.

7/14/2020 12:08:21 PM

2 - Growing up with institutional racism

Society shielded writer from understanding the plight of people of color.

7/14/2020 11:33:46 AM

3 - Indiana megachurch leaves denomination

Granger Community Church, wanting to choose its own pastor, agrees to pay about $2.6 million to Indiana Conference.

7/13/2020 12:39:26 PM

4 - Church helps victims of flood and COVID-19

United Methodists in Côte d'Ivoire, with UMCOR support, respond after flooding triggers a deadly landslide near Abidjan.

7/13/2020 11:00:00 AM

5 - Churches celebrate end of 2018-2020 Ebola outbreak

United Methodist churches played a part in helping to share health and prevention information, as well as work to prevent the stigma Ebola survivors often face.

7/10/2020 10:19:45 AM

6 - Smaller communities affected by protests

United Methodists have been involved in Black Lives Matter rallies in small towns and midsize cities.

7/9/2020 11:34:33 AM

7 - Close ties challenge rural Africa COVID-19 fight

Close relationships in rural Africa make social and physical distancing to avoid COVID-19 culturally difficult.

7/9/2020 10:53:39 AM

8 - Court ruling temporarily halts Dakota pipeline

United Methodists have supported the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in its efforts to protect both water quality and its spiritual home.

7/8/2020 5:02:01 PM

9 - Delegates: Use GC2020 delay for new vision

An informal group of General Conference delegates is inviting church members to make use of the postponement to cast a new vision for the church.

7/8/2020 12:41:19 PM

10 - Time for Cross and Flame to go

Symbol of The United Methodist Church is unwelcoming and even painful for many Black Americans, evoking memories of cross burnings.

7/8/2020 11:05:50 AM

11 - In trying times, churches extend their reach

Grants from the United Methodist Committee on Relief allow churches to expand programs, increase capacity during pandemic.

7/7/2020 11:23:00 AM

12 - Donations pour in for church hospitals, missions

United Methodist hospitals in Zimbabwe receive protective gear for front-line workers, while mission families get food relief from Nyadire Connection.

7/2/2020 12:19:48 PM

13 - Church parking lots fill for COVID-19 testing

More United Methodist congregations are offering space for screenings, hoping to reach groups at special risk.

7/2/2020 11:31:11 AM

14 - Unsnarling US and church racial history

Town hall explored Methodism’s complicated and sometimes suppressed record on race to help United Methodists turn away from past sins.

7/1/2020 4:33:56 PM

15 - Native ministry fills need in Tulsa food desert

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of people seeking help at Tulsa Indian United Methodist Church has doubled.

7/1/2020 10:37:54 AM

16 - Series: Food insecurity and the COVID-19 pandemic

United Methodist food-related ministries are providing a way for the church to respond to the rise in the number of people facing acute food insecurity, even when other programs were shuttered.

6/30/2020 5:07:04 PM

17 - Churches adapt to ‘new normal’ in Philippines

United Methodists set up hand-washing stations, checked temperatures and required masks as churches welcomed back members after months of quarantine.

6/30/2020 10:30:26 AM

18 - Surviving tribulations part of school’s history

Lydia Patterson is struggling with COVID-19 and a closed border, but the president of the United Methodist school said, “We have seen worse.”

6/29/2020 1:31:15 PM

19 - Food relief helps in Liberia’s COVID-19 fight

UMCOR and other church partners provide support to church’s Anti COVID-19 Taskforce as country sees spike in cases.

6/29/2020 11:47:25 AM

20 - When pandemic ends, confusion in church will remain

A former Judicial Council president examines constitutional issues presented by plans for the future of The United Methodist Church.

6/29/2020 11:13:06 AM

21 - Pastors ‘make friends with the soil’ during lockdown

Church leaders in Africa turn to farming during the pandemic to supplement income and help members and others struggling with food insecurity.

6/26/2020 12:40:39 PM

22 - Q&A: What delay means for General Conference

Organizers answer questions about what the postponement to 2021 means for The United Methodist Church’s lawmaking assembly.

6/25/2020 11:39:35 AM

23 - New drilling machine boosts clean water efforts

The United Methodist Church in Nigeria’s purchase of a new borehole-drilling rig offers the hope of clean water for more people in rural villages.

6/25/2020 10:42:40 AM

24 - ʽService of Lament’ challenges church on racism

United Methodist bishops, agencies collaborate on unflinching video as latest step in anti-racism initiative.

6/24/2020 2:53:03 PM

25 - AU, Yale students aim to fill health care gaps

An Africa University student and a Yale student have co-founded a company they hope can provide small clinics in African communities that have no health care.

6/24/2020 11:23:00 AM

26 - Prisoners facing crisis during COVID-19

United Methodists are urged to advocate for early release of vulnerable people in prisons or detention centers to stop spread of pandemic.

6/23/2020 10:51:26 AM

27 - DACA decision brings joy, but battle not over

About 650,000 young people have gained temporary relief from deportation with U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

6/22/2020 3:09:57 PM

28 - Bishops pledge more effective anti-racism campaign

Bishops and other United Methodists supporting a new anti-racism campaign are determined to get solid results from their efforts.

6/19/2020 12:56:24 PM

29 - Food insecurity and the COVID-19 pandemic

Food-related ministries have provided a way for the church to respond to the pandemic, even when pews remained empty and other programs were shuttered.

6/19/2020 11:43:31 AM

30 - AU students condemn US racism, ethnic tribalism

International students at Africa University have condemned racism in the U.S., which they likened to the tribalism that is rife on the African continent.

6/19/2020 9:08:18 AM

31 - Black father prepares sons for racial injustice

“I have no positive to give you,” one son says. In a commentary, the Rev. Byron Thomas calls on white fathers to teach their sons about racial injustice, too.

6/18/2020 1:43:17 PM

32 - Local churches show resilience in crisis

Three months into pandemic-related restrictions, many U.S. United Methodist churches are more optimistic about their finances and see hope for the “new normal.”

6/18/2020 12:40:57 PM

33 - Renewed vigor in the fight against racism

As United Methodists look toward a General Conference in the city where George Floyd died, they are recommitting themselves to fighting racism.

6/17/2020 11:37:58 AM

34 - Yed Angoran, a global leader, dies at 73

Yed Esaie Angoran, a leader in both The United Methodist Church and the country of Côte d’Ivoire, died of a heart attack.

6/16/2020 2:55:10 PM

35 - Back in church: ‘Like Easter and Christmas’

Restrictions are many, and the coronavirus pandemic remains a threat, but more United Methodist churches are resuming in-person worship.

6/16/2020 12:49:15 PM

36 - European churches easing back into live worship

European and Eurasian churches are reopening after many shut their doors because of the coronavirus.

6/15/2020 12:12:17 PM

37 - 2020 Arkansas Annual Conference

June 13, via Zoom.

6/13/2020 2:00:00 PM

38 - Filipinos speak out against anti-terrorism bill

Manila Area Bishop Ciriaco Q. Francisco called the bill oppressive, while others spoke out against red-tagging and human rights abuses.

6/12/2020 12:11:54 PM

39 - IT heroes kept church going during COVID-19

When in-person worship services stopped because of the coronavirus, the swift efforts of information technology church workers allowed many churches to meet online.

6/12/2020 11:31:13 AM

40 - Robert E. Lee image out at Boise church

Cathedral of the Rockies, also known as Boise First United Methodist Church, will remove the Confederate general from its stained glass.

6/11/2020 5:33:09 PM

41 - #MeToo case ends with surrendered credentials

Donald “Bud” Heckman has left ordained ministry under complaint after facing an earlier complaint of sexual misconduct and abuse brought by four women.

6/11/2020 4:23:27 PM

42 - Confronting ridiculous 'logic' of white supremacy

The church must decide between self-justifications for racism and honest claims to justice.

6/11/2020 12:59:40 PM

43 - Kenyan women shift sewing ministry during pandemic

United Methodists provide face masks and food to communities struggling during the coronavirus and a locust invasion.

6/10/2020 12:16:31 PM

44 - Police reform must involve reconciliation

A former police officer, African American man and clergyman writes about the need for reform coupled with reconciliation.

6/10/2020 11:54:04 AM

45 - Keeping heart of camping alive during COVID-19

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.

6/10/2020 10:15:44 AM

46 - African churches begin to reopen

As countries ease lockdown restrictions, in-person services resume for some, while others proceed with caution.

6/9/2020 11:49:23 AM

47 - Delay in elections upends bishops’ plans

With the election of new bishops postponed until 2021 and 2022, those scheduled to retire are making plans for the interim.

6/9/2020 11:29:38 AM

48 - Clergy, laity tell harrowing COVID-19 stories

“Respect this virus,” pleads a pastor battling the coronavirus. Others in the denomination who have been directly affected agree.

6/8/2020 1:05:23 PM

49 - COVID-19 slows aid to Cyclone Idai survivors

Despite lockdowns, church continues to offer spiritual and material support in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi.

6/5/2020 11:00:00 AM

50 - 2020 Great Plains Annual Conference

May 30, via teleconference.

6/4/2020 4:16:10 PM

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