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United Methodist Committee on Relief

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) issued a call for donations and prayers in support of Californians facing the threat of multiple wildfires. Read more

Global Health

North Alabama Conference disaster response coordinator Randy Burbank gives a round-up of the status of needs from Hurricanes Florence and Michael. Read more

Disasters and Climate Change

While damages from Hurricane Michael are only beginning to be assessed, United Methodist Committee on Relief partners are already on the ground in the Florida Panhandle to help. Read more

Global Health

As floodwaters slowly recede, trained United Methodist Early Response Teams have begun removing major debris and "mucking out" flooded homes. Read more

Global Health

Hurricane Florence's southward shift moves its likely landfall to the state line between South Carolina and North Carolina, setting United Methodist conferences in those states on high alert. Read more

Global Health

A tour of areas hard-hit by Hurricane Harvey finds there's still much to repair and a need for plenty of volunteers, writes Sam Hodges of United Methodist News Service. Read more

Global Health

The United Methodist Committee on Relief is making some major changes to its relief supply process. Read more

Global Health

Maria HELP

Photo by Kris Grogan, U.S. Customs Border Patrol

Devastation in Puerto Rico is hampering efforts to bring relief to Hurricane Maria's survivors, including the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico, writes Linda Bloom. Read more

Global Health

Mexico City Earthquake

Wikimedia Commons Photo

In addition to hurricane recovery, United Methodists are sending funds to aid with recovery from two devastating earthquakes in Mexico. Read more

Global Health

Team Rubicon

Photo by Steve Zumwalt/FEMA

United Methodist layman Jim Truitt, disaster response coordinator for the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference, details the scope of Hurricane Harvey's aftermath awaiting response. Read more

Perspectives

Montana Burning Video

UM Insight Screencap from YouTube

The devastation wrought by wildfires in the western United States over the past few years – along with United Methodists' efforts to cope with the effects – pose a long-term disaster recovery challenge for the region as great as hurricanes elsewhere. Read more

Local Church

Regional and local United Methodists help the United Methodist Committee on Relief provide immediate aid to those in need, such as the victims and evacuees of Hurricane Harvey this week. Read more

Local Church

Feeding Harvey Evacuees

Photo Courtesy of Josh Hale

With floodwaters near 20 feet high in spots and more torrential rain expected, United Methodists are beginning to assist victims of Hurricane Harvey. Read more

Local Church

Island of the Son UMC

Rio Texas Conference Photo

As Texas congregations begin to report hurricane damage, church disaster response coordinators say the best way to help victims of Hurricane Harvey is to donate to the United Methodist Committee on Relief. Read more

Local Church

Sierra Leone Medical Response

Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS

With the help of the United Methodist Committee on Relief, United Methodists in Sierra Leone have stepped up to provide emergency medical services and grief counseling after a mudslide killed some 500 people. Read more

Global Health

Wolfe House Flooded

Photo courtesy of the Rev. Andrew Wolfe via UMNS

Some United Methodist clergy and their families have been rescued from floodwaters in South Texas from Hurricane Harvey, and the extreme weather event isn't over yet. Read more

Local Church

Mudslide Sierra Leone

Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS

United Methodists in Sierra Leone have lost family and friends in a massive mudslide and flooding that have killed some 400 people with another 600 people still missing. Read more

In the World

Champions Sign

NIC e-News Photo

The Northern Illinois and East Ohio conferences -- home sites of World Series contenders Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians -- raised some $70,000 for Haiti hurricane aid through competing donations to the United Methodist Committee on Relief. Read more

In the World

Different Christmas

Photo Courtesy of Mike Slaughter

In response to what he believes to be the Holy Spirit's prompting, the Rev. Mike Slaughter reaches out to the head of United Methodism's global missions agency with an idea to aid refugees. Read more

Syrian Girl

Photo by Mstyslav Chernov (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

United Methodist Bishop Rosemarie Wenner of Germany urges people to see migrants into Europe as people who bring gifts and skills, not as problems to be solved. Read more