2020 State of the Church Report

A pedestrian passes one of The United Methodist Church’s billboards calling for peace in the community of Abobo, Côte d’Ivoire. The United Methodist Church and its partners organized a communication campaign asking that the population and the authorities show restraint during the electoral period. The caravan crisscrossed several towns and hamlets in Côte d’Ivoire. Photo by Isaac Broune, UM News.

Making peace

John Wesley taught Methodists to seek peace in all things by seeing all people as children of God and striving to build peaceful community everywhere. Today the Church continues to be a force for peace and reconciliation across the world.

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A pedestrian passes one of The United Methodist Church’s billboards calling for peace in the community of Abobo, Côte d’Ivoire. The United Methodist Church and its partners organized a communication campaign asking that the population and the authorities show restraint during the electoral period. The caravan crisscrossed several towns and hamlets in Côte d’Ivoire. Photo by Isaac Broune, UM News.
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Social Concerns

Amid post-election crisis, Côte d’Ivoire church calls for peace

The United Methodist Church in Côte d’Ivoire works to ease tensions amid protests and unrest after the country’s presidential election.

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Calm is restored to the U.S. Capitol after protestors hoping to overturn the 2020 Election results stormed the building as Congress met on January 6, 2021 to certify the election results. Photo by Benjamin Applebaum, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
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Advocacy

United Methodist leaders condemn violence at the U.S. Capitol

United Methodists bishops, agencies and other leaders offer statements condemning the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol.

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United Nations peacekeepers from Zambia visit with a family while on patrol in the Central African Republic in February, 2020. Following a volatile presidential election there, United Methodists are offering humanitarian aid to people seeking refuge from armed rebels. File photo by Hervé Serefio, United Nations.
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Mission and Ministry

Church helps displaced in Central African Republic

Following a volatile presidential election, United Methodists offer shelter and other humanitarian aid to people seeking refuge from armed rebels.

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United Methodist Women parade the streets in Marshall City, Liberia, to protest sexual violence against women and girls during the group’s 72nd annual session held Jan. 21-27, 2020. File photo by E Julu Swen, UM News.
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Social Concerns

Violence against women, girls in Africa spikes amid COVID-19

United Methodists speak up for abuse survivors and encourage others to do the same through various church campaigns and training.

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Minju Cindy Oh. Photo courtesy of Minju Cindy Oh.

Korean peninsula and 'Amazing Grace with Peace'

A Korean-American high school student writes about her grandfather's longing to meet his family in North Korea and how that inspires her to work for the peace movement.

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A global prayer campaign for peace on the Korean Peninsula will occur from March 1 to Aug. 15, 2020, inviting hundreds of thousands of people worldwide to say: “We Pray, Peace Now, End the War!” The campaign began Feb. 6 with a live-streamed event hosted by the World Council of Churches in Geneva, with corresponding events the same day in Washington and Seoul. Photo by Ivars Kupcis, World Council of Churches.
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Evangelism

Churches call for peace on the Korean Peninsula

The year 2020 marks the 70th anniversary of the start of the Korean War. The United and Korean Methodist churches will join Christians throughout the world to call for peace and reconciliation.

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