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17 Oct 2018 New UMCOR grants target crisis areas, basic needs
Grants approved by UMCOR’s directors during their Oct. 12 meeting addressed all issues reaching out to vulnerable populations in the world’s crisis points.
16 Oct 2018 'Long road' for recovery from Hurricane Michael
United Methodist congregations in the Southeastern U.S. are beginning a massive rebuilding job after being damaged by Hurricane Michael, buoyed by their work ethic and the support of neighboring confe ...
12 Oct 2018 United Methodists gear up for Michael relief
United Methodists across the southeast are preparing to offer long-term relief after the most powerful hurricane in nearly 50 years slammed into the continental U.S.
5 Oct 2018 Support and solidarity for Indonesia
Thomas Kemper calls on United Methodists to join him in prayer and compassion for the thousands who perished in the recent earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia.
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4 Oct 2018 Thrivent Partnership
Thrivent Financial has committed up to $1 million to match Thrivent member contributions to relief work through a few organizations including UMCOR.
28 Sep 2018 Teams begin disaster response in South Carolina
Early Response Teams from the South Carolina Conference have begun assisting homeowners whose houses were flooded in the wake of Hurricane Florence.
28 Sep 2018 Filipino United Methodists respond after storms
Coming to terms with the massive devastation brought by Super Typhoon Mangkhut, United Methodists in the Philippines are organizing and mobilizing to provide assistance to disaster-stricken communitie ...
21 Sep 2018 Picking up pieces after Philippines super typhoon
United Methodists were picking up the pieces and preparing to assist others after the super Typhoon Mangkhut struck the northern part of the Philippines.
20 Sep 2018 A Statement on the Reduction of Refugees Admitted to the United States
General Secretary Thomas Kemper responds to the reduction of refugees admitted to the United States and calls for United Methodists to speak for change.
20 Sep 2018 Ready to respond: UMCSC staged to help after Florence floods
The worst is yet to come. Days after Hurricane Florence battered the coastal Carolinas, devastating communities and claiming 32 lives as of the Advocate’s press time, that’s the consensus among disast ...
19 Sep 2018 Churchgoers pitch in amid Florence's floods
United Methodists in the conference are committed to helping with the recovery and are grateful for the aid already extended.
19 Sep 2018 Meeting a Knead in Atlanta’s Refugee Community
Just Bakery of Atlanta employs resettled refugees and with the help of UMCOR, is planning to expand their presence in the community even further.
11 Sep 2018 Across the U.S., United Methodists welcome immigrants
Jesus did not ask for anyone’s credentials before healing, feeding and sharing God’s love,” says Judith Siaba of the Northern Illinois Annual Conference.
7 Sep 2018 UMCOR Responds to Current Disasters Around the World
In the wake of recent disasters in the United States and internationally, UMCOR is working with its partners to meet the needs of those in impacted areas.
5 Sep 2018 In Focus: Migration
UMCOR’s Director of Sustainable Development and Global Migration, Jack Amick, discusses our long history working on behalf of refugees, migrants and displaced persons, and calls this work “transformat ...
29 Aug 2018 Journey of a Bucket
The UMCOR Depot in Louisiana sent out more than 31,000 flood kits last year and more through the first five months of 2018. How do United Methodists mobilize for such a task? Here’s the story.
24 Aug 2018 Coming Home: Tragedy and Hope in Iraq
When innocent civilians in northern Iraq came home after being displaced by ISIS, thousands were injured or killed by bombs hidden around their homes. UMCOR is working to ensure that “home” is a place ...
21 Aug 2018 Connectional team to respond to local flood disaster
Leaders of St. John’s UMC in Tremont, Pa., Schuylkill County, are working with Eastern PA conference and district disaster response officials to help their community recover from recent storm flooding
20 Aug 2018 Frequently Asked Questions about UMCOR Relief Supply Kit Ministry Changes
UMCOR is consolidating the number of kits it provides. Moving forward, UMCOR will supply cleaning kits, hygiene kits and school kits.
17 Aug 2018 No end in sight for church wildfire response
United Methodists in California are again responding to deadly wildfires — on top of ongoing recovery efforts from fires in previous years
13 Aug 2018 First peoples’ first rights: water
UMCOR Water, Hygiene and Sanitation (WASH) has completed a number of projects with indigenous communities in the United States and Latin America and continues to partner with first people’s to meet th ...
2 Aug 2018 UMCOR names proposed refugee admissions ceiling “unneighborly”
The United Methodist Church’s relief and development agency, is outraged by the Trump administration’s recent proposal to set a ceiling on the United States Refugee Admissions Program for 2019 at 25 ...
5 Jul 2018 UMCOR Announces New Co-Executive Directors
UMCOR make permanent interim arrangement in which two top Global Ministries' officers serve as co-executive directors of UMCOR.
3 Jul 2018 UMCOR Responds to Muslim Travel Ban
UMCOR responds to the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold the authority of the President to impose what has come to be known as the Muslim Travel Ban
2 Jul 2018 Faith and Resilience in Tonga: A Visit After a Storm
Thomas Kemper reflects on his recent trip to Tonga, an island still reeling from the impact of Tropical Cyclone Gita in February.

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