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  1. After Hurricane Celia, in 1970, First United Methodist of Aransas Pass, Texas, became a temporary hospital for its community, seeing more than 80 births. Some of those former babies reunited for a special church service.
  2. Pastors are often so concerned about caring for others that they neglect their own safety, but they must learn to cry out when they need help.
  3. July 26-Aug. 1, 2022, Kindu, Democratic Republic of Congo
  4. A longtime musician and performer, the Rev. Cynthia A. Wilson, brings a wealth of experience to her role as founder and director of the new Junius B. Dotson Institute for Music and Worship in the Black Church and Beyond.
  5. The Junius B. Dotson Institute for Music and Worship in the Black Church and Beyond kicks off with celebrations Aug. 18-20 in Atlanta. The Rev. Cynthia A. Wilson, a close colleague of Dotson’s before his death in 2021, explains her vision for the new venture.
  6. While Russians and Ukrainians engage in war in various parts of Ukraine, a Russian-speaking United Methodist congregation in Prague is finding ways to support Ukrainian refugees.
  7. United Methodist News, UMCOR and Global Ministries, visited refugee ministries in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and western Ukraine. These stories highlight the church’s response to the tragedy and ongoing need in Ukraine.
  8. Technology is changing us, and we ignore its impact — and its implications for the church — at our own peril.
  9. The slayings of two Black clergywomen show the need for the church to loosen its bonds in order to respond, just as Jesus ordered Lazarus unbound after raising him from the dead.
  10. Instead of relying on a pastor to oversee its young adult ministry, First Korean United Methodist Church in Wheeling, Illinois, entrusted it to a devoted and committed volunteer layperson with a calling and vision.
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