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Estimating financial impact of church exits

United Methodist financial leaders voted on agencies’ 2021 budgets at the same time they looked at the costs of a potential church split and a proposal to reduce bishops.

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The making of Thanksgiving in the US

With this year marking the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims’ arrival in North America, it’s worth revisiting the good — and the bad — of how the U.S. holiday developed.

Diamond mining often robs children of education

In the diamond-rich Kono District in Sierra Leone, young people are often lured into mining rather than going to school. One United Methodist girl says her generation is changing that story.

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UMCOR assists flood survivors in Congo

More than 500 families, many of whom lost their homes in April flooding, received food and other assistance through a $75,200 grant from the United Methodist Committee on Relief.

Church aids displaced Lumad families

Members of Beho Omor United Methodist Church in the Philippines shelter at a local elementary school after being caught in the crossfire between government and rebel forces.

Pitching tents to fight coronavirus

Amid a global pandemic, tents are being used to fight the coronavirus at the church’s mission hospitals and to provide shelter after disasters.

Leaning on faith as storms rage

Zeta marks the 11th named storm to make landfall in the U.S. this year and the hurricane season won’t end until Nov. 30, but United Methodists are finding strength in their faith and each other.

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Facing up to a grotesque book at Iliff

A book with a cover made from the skin of a slain Native American has haunted United Methodist Iliff School of Theology for decades, but its president wants it used as a teachable moment instead of buried in a library vault.