Philippines Central Conference

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.”
Violence
Clellandley Bueno, a student from Wesleyan University-Philippines, performs a dance during a Lenten event in Cabanatuan City, Philippines. The gathering was hosted by John Wesley Academy and Critical Thinking Center to decry the killings of 14 farmers in the Negros Oriental province. Photo by Gladys Mangiduoys, UMNS.

United Methodists decry killings of farmers

United Methodists join other human rights groups in condemning the killings of 14 farmers.
General Church
A United Methodist deaf choir signs the words of a hymn during worship in the Baguio Area in northern Philippines. Across the country, an assessment team saw evidence of church vitality. Photo courtesy of the Standing Committee on Central Conference Matters.

Creative spirit lifts Philippines’ churches

A United Methodist team looked at whether the Philippines should have more bishops. The group’s report highlighted church strengths and needs.

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