Philippines Central Conference

Local Church
Deaconesses pray during the commitment time and dedication of gifts and pledges to sustain the deaconess program at Harris Memorial College in Taytay, Philippines. Photo by Gladys Mangiduyos, UMNS.

Amid struggles, deaconess movement flourishes in the Philippines

Called to ministries of love, justice and service, more than 400 Filipina deaconesses — and their counterparts around the world — teach, preach and reach out to the marginalized.
General Church
The Rev. Israel I. Alvaran. Photo courtesy the Rev. Alvaran.

Commentary: Grace is not up for a vote

A Filipino LGBTQ clergyman writes about his fears concerning General Conference 2019.
General Church
Filipino United Methodists hold hands in prayer at St. John United Methodist Church in Cubao, Philippines. The gathering was part of the denomination-wide Praying Our Way Forward initiative. Photo by Gladys Mangiduyos, UMNS.

Filipino United Methodists issue call to prayer

Laity and clergy members gather around the Philippines as part of denomination-wide Praying Our Way Forward initiative ahead of special General Conference.
Social Concerns
Participants hold signs during an interfaith gathering at Rajah Sulayman plaza in Manila. Satur Ocampo (left), a well-known social activist, commended the interfaith initiative, calling it “a signal that society should not remain silent in the face of such exigencies.” Photo by Gladys Mangiduyo, UMNS.

New concerns over human rights in Philippines

United Methodists, concerned about the escalation of threats and violent incidents, are seeking God’s wisdom and strength through prayer.

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