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Mass shooting victim devoted United Methodist

Mary Jo Nye, a member of Battle Creek Chapel Hill UMC and active participant in the Connection, was one of those killed in the mass shooting in Kalamazoo, Michigan Feb. 20. ~Facebook photo MARK DOYALMI Area Director of Communications  At least one of the eight victims from yesterday’s tragic mass shooting rampage in Kalamazoo, MI was […]

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Harper Lee was United Methodist in word, deed

Harper Lee used the words “Methodist” and “John Wesley” in the first pages of her classic novel “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and Methodism figured in her life as well as her fiction. Lee’s death on Feb. 19, at 89, in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, brought expressions of sadness from fellow United Methodists. There was […]

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East Congo district building churches, schools

By Kathy L. GilbertFeb. 22, 2016 | KISANGANI, Democratic Republic of Congo (UMNS) The Kisangani district has 100 local churches. Four churches are “durable” with roofs, walls and floors; three churches are semi-durable with roofs; and the rest are made from leaves and sticks woven together using the trees and foliage surrounding them. *Click on the […]

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How a church overcomes hostility to Christianity

By Heather HahnFeb. 17, 2016 | EBERSWALDE, Germany (UMNS) “They’re all creepy cultists,” Matt Barlow said. “That’s what they think about us,” agreed his wife, the Rev. Anne-Marie Detjen. Welcome to the challenges of Christian ministry in eastern Germany. While United Methodists in the United States frequently face indifference to their faith, reactions to Christianity […]

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Philippine United Methodists hold sexuality dialogue

By Gladys P. MangiduyosFeb. 16, 2016 | MANILA, Philippines (UMNS) Two hundred participants gathered recently at Central United Methodist Church to engage in conversation on how to be in ministry with the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning) persons. The Rev. Eleazer Fernandez, president of Union Theological Seminary, strongly emphasized the need to […]

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United Methodists go the distance for refugees

By Sam HodgesFeb. 15, 2016 | DALLAS (UMNS) It’s not as if the Rev. Rachel Baughman doesn’t have enough to do. She’s executive pastor at University Park United Methodist Church in Dallas, and mother to four young children. But she recently traveled more than 6,000 miles to care for refugees washing up on the island […]

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Pre-GC2016 video on divestment gets pushback

By Heather HahnFeb. 12, 2016 | UMNS When does a United Methodist agency go too far in advocating its viewpoint? That debate flared this week after the United Methodist Board of Pension and Health Benefits released a video urging General Conference delegates to vote “no” on divestment petitions. Such legislation would compel the board to […]

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Medical clinics, hospitals serve many with few resources

United Methodists support health care in East Congo, but one doctor says more money and doctors are needed. *Click on the i in the upper left-hand corner above the slideshow to display caption information. To turn captions off, simply click on the caption.View slideshow fullscreen» In a matter of seconds, an examination room at Irambo […]

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Mississippi pastors paid price for segregation challenge

By Sam HodgesFeb. 8, 2016 | UMNS On Jan. 2, 1963, 28 white Methodist pastors in Mississippi published a statement titled “Born of Conviction.” It amounted to a declaration of independence from the arch-segregationist views that seemed unassailable in their state. The swift backlash included death threats, slashed tires and crosses burned in parsonage yards. […]

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