Pastor released from jail, ends fast
The Rev. Lorenza Andrade Smith hoped to fast until Congress voted on the DREAM Act. As her protest ended, others took it up on her behalf.
Sierra Leone volunteers save moms, babies
United Methodists are training birth attendants to help reduce the highest under-5 mortality rate in the world.
African school fights malaria with hope, faith
After years of poor treatment, a young woman with malaria was nurtured back to health by students in Côte d’Ivoire.
Pray for peace for Korea, say bishops
Korean-Americans are torn between fears for South Korean loved ones and North Koreans’ need for aid.
Immigrant advocates ask to ‘Drop the I-Word’
The term ‘illegal’ is too often used to dehumanize, says the United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race.
Malaria threat pervades life in Sierra Leone
The United Methodist Church is part of the effort to distribute more than 3 million insecticide-treated bed nets in the country.
Politics should not overshadow Bush library
United Methodists have reason to be proud the library is at SMU, says the Clinton Center’s coordinator.
Mother pays highest price of malaria
This week 320,000 nets went to families in Sierra Leone. Frances Beecher lost her 2-year-old to a mosquito bite and vowed to use new nets better.
Prisoners rebuild camp, self-esteem
The work-release program teaches nonviolent offenders “they can earn the trust of others again.”
Immigrant students hope bill opens doors
DREAM Act could change the lives of 800,000 young people. Supporters say this would allow them to join the military or attend college.
Louisiana churches help lead fight against AIDS
Baton Rouge has the third-highest rate of new HIV cases in the U.S. United Methodist leaders offer education about AIDS and free testing.
Anti-malaria campaign begins in Sierra Leone
The African nation has the world’s seventh-highest mortality rate for children under 5. Most of those deaths result from malaria.
People find varied ways to say grace
Although traditions may differ, the blessings offered over Thanksgiving meals will have a common theme: gratitude for God’s many gifts.
Refugees still find shelter at South African church
A Methodist pastor takes chances to care for homeless asylum seekers from Zimbabwe.
Agency approves change to insurance program
The shift is intended to lower costs and increase liability and property coverage churchwide.
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