Connectional Table

2020 State of the church 

Family and friends of Bishop John K. Yambasu, (front row, from left) Elizabeth Yambasu, Emmanuel Yambasu, widow Millicent Yambasu and Alfred Lansana, arrive at the burial site on the campus of United Methodist University in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on Sept. 6. Photo by E Julu Swen, UM News.

Grieving and comforting

2020 was a year of grieving, not only for the many lives lost, but also for lost jobs, financial security and time with loved ones. COVID-19 has not only changed the ways we live and work, but also the ways we grieve, individually and communally.

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United Methodist News honors notable church members who died in 2020. Candle image by Gerd Altmann, courtesy of Pixabay.
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General Church

2020: Remembering notable United Methodists

United Methodists this year marked the passing of civil rights giants, groundbreaking bishops and a founding father of Africa University.

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The Rev. Kellie Sanford (right) practices social distancing while visiting with a resident of the CC Young Senior Living community in Dallas. Sanford, a licensed local pastor in The United Methodist Church, serves as chaplain for the facility. Photo by Jennifer Griffin.
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Evangelism

Chaplains comfort and share grief during COVID-19

As infections and deaths from the coronavirus mount, chaplains are challenged to do their jobs in a world where physical contact is forbidden.

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Family and friends of Bishop John K. Yambasu, (from left front) Elizabeth Yambasu, Emmanuel Yambasu, widow Millicent Yambasu and Alfred Lansana, arrive at the burial site on the campus of United Methodist University in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Photo by E Julu Swen, UM News.
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General Church

Bishop Yambasu remembered as bridge builder

The Sierra Leone Area bishop was remembered as a natural bridge builder who brought people together in the church and in the world.

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