Social Issues

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.
General Church
A video shown at the recent North Carolina Conference features male clergy reading some of the sexist comments that the conference’s female pastors have endured. Graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

New video calls out harassment of clergywomen

North Carolina Conference effort yields news coverage, large viewership.
Social Concerns
Local activists, religious leaders, and family members gather on the steps of the Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Paul, Minn., in support of Nelson Pinos, who has been living in sanctuary at First and Summerfield United Methodist Church in New Haven, Conn. Photo by Mary Elizabeth Smith.

Church awaits decision on sanctuary guest appeal

After hearing, Connecticut United Methodists are praying that federal court will reopen immigration case of Nelson Pinos.
Social Concerns
Nelson Pinos sits with his son, Brandon Pinos, age 6, in the fellowship hall of First and Summerfield United Methodist Church in New Haven, Conn. Pinos, who has lived in the U.S. for 26 years, is currently living in sanctuary at the church. Image courtesy of the "Keep Nelson Home" Facebook page.

Hearing set for church's sanctuary guest

Nelson Pinos found support from United Methodists in Connecticut after facing immediate deportation from his U.S. family, despite a clean record and long relationship with immigration authorities.

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