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Beyond Imagine No Malaria

The United Methodist Church is seeking input from members and partners worldwide as it prepares to launch a new stage of global health ministry that will build on and deepen the success of the much-applauded Imagine No Malaria (INM) program.

After one year, Hurricane Sandy damage lingers

By Susan Kim* October 22, 2013—Mary Reyes knows exactly how many days she was forced from her home by Hurricane Sandy: 303. She left her Keansburg, New Jersey, residence on Oct. 28, 2012, about 24 hours before Hurricane Sandy unleashed its fury over the community. Reyes was caring for her granddaughters, ages 12 and 15, […]

The theology behind disaster relief and recovery

By Thomas Kemper, United Methodist News Service… “Churches Shelve Theology for Disaster Relief Efforts” ran the headline of a Tennessee newspaper reporting on a devastating 2010 flood. The article focused on how churches with different ways of thinking were working together in response to the urgent needs of flood victims. Yet the headline also suggested […]

Oklahoma climbs back after multiple tornadoes

MOORE, OKLA — St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church in Moore, Okla., set up for survivors of the previous week’s tornado, shut down at 4 p.m. May 31. Six hours later, the shelter reopened after yet another twister swept through the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. “They really had not gotten everything out of the door when the […]

UMs take first steps in tornado response

Staff and Wire Reports… Concerned individuals who want to volunteer in relief efforts following the May 20 tornado in Moore, Okla., are urged, for now, to pray and wait. “It will take time for emergency officials to assess the damages and for us to learn how we all can most effectively help meet needs,” Richard […]

UMs get, give help in hard-hit West, Texas

The Rev. Jimmy Sansom apologized for his inability to recall exactly where he went first on the day after a fertilizer plant explosion brought death and widespread destruction to his small town of West, Texas. “I can’t remember if I went up to the command post,” he said in a phone interview more than a […]

UMCOR makes grants for Sandy recovery

NEW YORK—United Methodists in New York were counting on the regional shipments of 15,000 flood buckets that they distributed to Hurricane Sandy survivors last fall. But they didn’t expect the more than 11,000 blankets from a faraway source, said Bishop Martin McLee, leader of the denomination’s New York Conference. “There was this wonderful call, asking […]

Ohio student spearheads 5K race for Sandy relief

Between play practice, track meets and soccer games, Christy Finney, a high school senior in Urbana, Ohio, is making time to organize her community for a 5K race this spring to support Hurricane Sandy survivors through the work of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). Ms. Finney, 18, is a member of Urbana United […]

Bishop Schol reports on UMC and `Sandy’ relief

By Bishop John Schol, Special Contributor… The wind blows where it chooses, you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” –Jesus (John 3:8) Dear Sisters and Brothers, Jesus encountered the forces of nature. He calmed […]

Hazelwood moves from UMCOR to Memphis Conference

By Lane Gardner Camp, Special Contributor…Rev. Tom Hazelwood of Springfield, Va., has been named Director of Connectional Ministries for the Memphis Conference of the United Methodist Church, beginning June 1. The Memphis Conference, part of the Nashville Episcopal Area, includes 425 United Methodist Churches and numerous agencies and ministries in West Tennessee and Western Kentucky. […]