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Real men respect women

An eight-week course offered to United Methodist men contradicts the sexist attitudes that can lead to domestic violence.

Boigegrain ready for life after Wespath

After 27 years leading The United Methodist Church’s pension agency through economic crises and toward investments that are ecologically and ethically sound, Barbara Boigegrain is retiring at the end of the year. She looks back at her tenure.

Friday Digest September 17 2021

Congo church relaunches FM radio station; LDS church agrees to pay into Boy Scout of America's victims fund; Top stories from the week

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LDS church to pay into Boy Scouts’ victims fund

The United Methodist Church continues to be part of negotiations in the Boy Scouts of America bankruptcy, but another religious group has agreed to pay $250 million to a fund for victims of Scouting-related sex abuse.

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Celebrating Asbury’s impact on 2 shores

The 250th anniversary of Francis Asbury’s crossing of the Atlantic from England to America is being celebrated jointly by the Methodist Church of Britain and The United Methodist Church.

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Church work continues in Afghanistan

The chaotic scene as people fled Afghanistan while the Taliban took over doesn’t mean that United Methodists are through trying to help there.

Finding light in the darkness of 9/11

United Methodists rose to the challenge of caring for survivors of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, but many of these helpers needed support afterward for their own trauma.

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United Methodist connection kicks in after Ida

Church damage reports mount in Louisiana and Northeast, but spared areas are helping, including a $100,000 donation from the Alabama-West Florida Conference to the Louisiana Conference.

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Research shows Black churches’ resilience

Gammon Theological Seminary president lauds innovation and adaptability of Black United Methodist congregations in coping with the unprecedented challenges posed by COVID-19.

Texas abortion law threatens ministry

Early in his ministry, the Rev. Bill Lawrence served as counselor to pregnant women considering their options. Under a new Texas law, such a pastoral role could lead to lawsuits.

A lamentation with hope for Afghanistan

Watching the news of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan reminds the Rev. Thomas Kim of time he spent with missionaries there following his brother-in-law’s death in a bombing.

Remembering a civil rights giant

” Patton, who died Aug. 24 at age 81, was a Freedom Rider in the 1960s and never stopped challenging people to build a better world.

In defense of rural churches

Rural churches often feel overlooked and under-resourced. To reestablish the strong circuits of the past will be a monumental task, but one that annual conferences need to undertake.

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BSA bankruptcy concerns church leaders

Boy Scouts of America’s legal struggle, triggered by Scouting-related sex-abuse allegations, has implications for United Methodist local churches and entire denomination.

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Funding for bishops improves but still shaky

With increased giving and cost savings from retirements, the fund that supports United Methodist bishops is in better shape. Financial leaders approved the bishops’ first raise in three years.

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Pastor reflects on dark days at Indian boarding schools

As the U.S. Interior Department investigates the Indian boarding schools that took young Native Americans from their families and tried to expunge their culture from them, United Methodists address the church’s role and their hopes for the future.

Leadership lessons from Bishop Beverly J. Shamana

Bishop Shamana believed in and expressed a collegial form of leadership. She said, “I don’t have to have all of the answers myself, and I believe that wisdom resides in the body, and that the holy spirit gives wisdom to all of us.”

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Standing with Haiti amid quake and storm

United Methodists are working with longtime partners in Haiti after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake and as a major storm approaches. The church previously helped rebuild after the 2010 temblor.

Nairobi church offers home care, hope to sick

Huruma United Methodist Church reaches out with a bereavement ministry, fitness and running groups, and a health-and-wellness program for more than 15 cancer patients in the Mathare Valley slums.

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Don’t count out small, rural churches

While the demise of small, rural churches sometimes seems irreversible as United Methodist faithful grow older, strategies are out there to revitalize these congregations by focusing on what their communities most need.