Philippines Central Conference

Social Concerns
From left, the Rev. Glofie Baluntong, a United Methodist district superintendent, and the Revs. Wilfredo Yasay, Resty Herrera and Corazon Florece stand in front of the mission center at Dangay 3000 United Methodist Church in Roxas, Philippines. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Glofie Baluntong.

Police question United Methodists about sanctuary guests

A district superintendent and pastor in the Philippines said police intimidated and threatened them for offering sanctuary to human rights workers.
Mission and Ministry
Children from Camachile Elementary School in the Philippines receive the school bags from Camachile United Methodist Church and God's Helping and Healing Hands Ministry. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Leslie C. Dela Cruz.

Philippines earthquake: 'From fear to faith'

Prayers and support help lift United Methodists recovering from a deadly earthquake in April on the island of Luzon.
General Church
Leaders of the Reform and Renewal Coalition, a group of unofficial traditionalist advocacy groups, pose with bishops from Africa and Europe, after a closed-door meeting in which the leaders and central conference bishops discussed the denomination’s situation and possible future. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS.

Traditionalists, bishops talk church future

Leaders of traditionalist advocacy groups held a listening session with bishops from Africa, Europe and the Philippines. Church separation was on the table.
Evangelism
Bishop Daniel Wandabula of the East Africa Episcopal Area called on communicators to “unite the church (rather) than perpetuate divisions” while speaking at the United Methodist Radio Network annual meeting, April 25-27, in Kampala, Uganda. Photo by the Rev. Taurai Emmanuel Maforo.

Radio can help unite divided church, bishop says

Speaking at the United Methodist Radio Network annual meeting, Bishop Daniel Wandabula called on communicators to “unite the church (rather) than perpetuate divisions.”

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