Enlarging the welcome

THOMAS KEMPER General Bd of Global Ministries The arrival in Europe of massive numbers of Middle Eastern refugees is causing crises for humanitarian organizations and churches as well as for governments. At such a time, scripture draws us to Matthew 25:35b: “I was a stranger and you welcomed me,” Jesus said in a sermon about

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European refugee aid goes beyond food

LINDA BLOOM Sept. 10, 2015 | NEW YORK (UMNS) As migrants — many escaping conflict in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan — continue to flow into Europe in unprecedented numbers, United Methodists are among the local citizens providing aid.

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Coping with Europe’s migration crisis

LINDA BLOOM United Methodist News Service In Messstetten, Germany, where a former military barrack serves as an initial processing center for asylum seekers, the town’s 5,000 residents are coping with an influx of some 1,000 refugees.It is part of a new wave of migration that has washed across Europe, increasing in volume over the past

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Awads are in Michigan

M. KAY DeMOSS Senior Editor-Writer, Michigan Area In 1979 the Rev. Alex and Brenda Awad responded to the call to go to Bethlehem to be in ministry through the Bethlehem Bible College. And for the better part of these last 35 years they have served as United Methodist missionaries to the region. For the next

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UM Health Plan faces change

HEATHER HAHN United Methodist News Service Big changes are coming to the United Methodist health plans offered to bishops and general agency employees, largely in response to the Affordable Care Act. These changes are the first steps in avoiding the 40-percent excise tax, commonly called the “Cadillac tax,” that will apply to “high-cost” employer-sponsored coverage

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Liberia advances Ebola research

JULU SWEN United Methodist News Service Six months after participating in the Ebola trial vaccines, Dr. Francis Karteh said he is healthy and shows no signs of complications stemming from the vaccine. The United Methodist doctor indicated that the 1,500 Liberians who took the vaccines are better prepared to withstand any attack from the current

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General Conference to look at bishop accountability

HEATHER HAHN United Methodist News Service What does it look like to hold bishops accountable? Over the past four years, a number of United Methodists have debated that question ─ including bishops themselves.

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Liberia ‘s President opposes Christian State status

JULU SWEN United Methodist News Service President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a United Methodist, says efforts to declare Liberia a Christian state would create “division among the citizens based on religious belief.”

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Back to school in Jamaica

REV. KAY PRATT Papa’s Ministries Funny, no matter how much you study the cultures of the place you live and try to work within them, there is always a stone you trip over again and again. For me in Jamaica it is the stone of “Soon come”. 

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Malaria vaccine ready

MAHALIA SMITH United Methodist Communications While a new malaria vaccine for young children is a major breakthrough, United Methodist Church officials cautioned that Imagine No Malaria will need to continue the fight with existing preventative measures.

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