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Happy Anniversary United Methodist Women Day of Giving

June 05, 2019

Happy Anniversary United Methodist Women Day of Giving

DAY OF GIVING Happy Anniversary United Methodist Women Day of Giving March 23, 2019: $496,451 Contributed! by Christi Campos United Methodist Women General Secretary Harriett Jane Olson (r) at the 150th anniversary celebration in Boston. Day of Giving on March 23, 2019, was celebrated around the country by United Methodist Women commemorating our 150th Anniversary. With over 3,500 individual gifts received, Day of Giving shattered all preceding giving records by raising $496,451! That is 84 ...

Outreach ministry for addiction is simple, effective

June 04, 2019

Outreach ministry for addiction is simple, effective

Wayne Worth said he’s never been afraid of people. “I’m afraid of dogs, though. They bite.” Worth, a member of United Methodist Temple in Clarksburg, has plenty of opportunity to encounter both in his ministry. Concerned by the opioid epidemic rampant in his home state, he goes door to door in neighborhoods throughout West Virginia passing out flyers containing information about local resources for anyone struggling with addiction. “This is a great opportunity for any church in our state, a ...

Philippines earthquake: 'From fear to faith'

June 04, 2019

Philippines earthquake: 'From fear to faith'

After a deadly earthquake struck the towns of Porac and Floridablanca in northern Philippines this spring, United Methodists were among those picking up the pieces. Faith kept them going. The Rev. Jestril Alvarado, superintendent of the church’s West Pampanga District on the main island of Luzon, remembered the fear that more tremors would follow in the quake’s immediate aftermath. The April 22 earthquake registered a magnitude of 6.1 and killed at least 16 people. Local churches and homes ...

Traditionalists, bishops talk church future

June 01, 2019

Traditionalists, bishops talk church future

Traditionalist advocates met in private with United Methodist bishops from Africa, Europe and the Philippines to listen and discuss the denomination’s future — with separation raised as a distinct possibility. Leaders of the Renewal and Reform Coalition, which includes four U.S.-based advocacy groups, requested the conversation with the central conference bishops while the full Council of Bishops is meeting in a hotel near Chicago. Central conferences are church regions outside the United ...

Bishop's Blog: Abortion: Navigating a complicated problem through a path of grace

May 29, 2019

Bishop's Blog: Abortion: Navigating a complicated problem through a path of grace

Quite a few states have passed new restrictions on abortion this year, and more are making similar plans. These restrictions include things like a ban on abortion after just six weeks, even if the woman is a victim of rape or incest. There will be court challenges and even the possibility of this issue going to the Supreme Court. Many would like to see the landmark “Roe v Wade” case of 1973 over-turned. That law states that abortion is legal until a fetus would be viable outside the womb. Many ...