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Salome Mudiwa, age 19, is a first-year student at Bindura University of Science Education. She is studying natural resources in Bindura, Zimbabwe.  Photo by the Rev. Taurai Emmanuel Maforo, UM News.

Rural girls face challenges at city universities

Rural girls seeking education in cities in Zimbabwe are at risk if they take emotional or financial support from older men.
Social Concerns
Volunteers remove a traditional paramilitary mural from a wall in in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 2003 to make way for a new mural that will honor both Catholic and Protestant heroes from the two World Wars. “Brexit” — Britain’s process of withdrawing from the 28-member European Union — is raising concerns about re-imposing hard borders on the island of Ireland. File photo by Kathleen LaCamera.

Brexit threatens longtime peace in Northern Ireland

Methodist peacebuilders, others raise concerns about re-imposing hard borders on the island of Ireland.
Social Concerns
Newly ordained deacons lead the benediction at the end of the ordination service during the New York Annual Conference meeting at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. From left are the Revs. Arletha (Lisa) Miles Boyce, Lea A. Matthews and Janet L. Cox. Matthews says she sees her ministry as a helping hand to marginalized people in the world, including LGBTQ people like herself and her wife. Photo by Stephanie Parsons, NYAC.

LGBTQ deacon ordained by New York Conference

The Rev. Lea Matthews says her ordination was a day of joy, but not without difficulty. She is the latest LGBTQ person to be ordained in The United Methodist Church.
Social Concerns
East Africa Bishop Daniel Wandabula stands with others outside Kayole St. John's United Methodist Church in Nairobi, Kenya, where he has launched the opening of The United Methodist Church Savings and Credit Co-Operative Society, the first church-based financial institution in the East Africa episcopal region. Photo by Gad Maiga, UM News.

United Methodist credit union opens in East Africa

Co-operative society in Kenya aims to promote a savings culture and provide affordable credit to members and stakeholders.

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