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UMC’s Africa University celebrates first 20 years

MUTARE, Zimbabwe—Pauline Shongo believes that one day Africa University will be the key to peace on the continent of Africa. So do the many who gathered on the campus of the United Methodist-related university March 22-24 to celebrate the school’s first 20 years. The university, located in Zimbabwe and established by the United Methodist Church […]

Sports help Wounded Warriors on path to healing

Deep in the heart of the Pentagon, warriors are warming up for several rounds of fierce volleyball competition. The gym is an assault on the ears: dozens of volleyballs hitting the hardwood floor, deep baritone shouting of teammates pumping up teammates, shrill whistles. This is the second annual Wounded Warriors seated volleyball tournament, and it […]

Trained volunteers bring healing in Liberia

GANTA, Liberia—On a dreary, rainy Monday, Dorothy Payetee starts singing a hymn. Soon others join in and slowly begin to file into the small cinderblock building that serves as the village’s gathering place. Today it is mostly mothers and children because many of the villagers are already out busy with daily chores. Ms. Payetee, a […]

Bees, snails, Moringa trees boost agriculture in Liberia

TUNUKUK PUYE, Liberia—The Rev. Joe Gatei pulls the baggy, mint-green net suit over his Sunday clothes. Knee-high black rubber boots, red heavyweight plastic gloves and a straw hat with an attached net veil make him look like a giant Gumby. With every inch of him protected, he is ready to visit the aggressive wild African […]

Twenty ways to reach out on Veterans Day

By Barbara Dunlap-Berg and Kathy L. Gilbert, United Methodist News Service… The observance of Veterans Day, Nov. 11, began almost a century ago. In the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the Allied nations and Germany declared an armistice—a temporary cessation of hostilities—in World War I. Commemorated as Armistice […]

Conferences react to UMC stance on gay issues

Rejecting the denomination’s stance on gay rights and same-sex marriage were important issues for at least 15 United Methodist Annual this summer. United Methodists from Washington and the northern panhandle of Idaho approved legislation supporting the Marriage Equality Act. The law was signed by the governor in February and would have made Washington the seventh […]