Hurricane Harvey

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

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Texas Annual Conference recalls the devastation left by Hurricane Harvey and United Methodist efforts aiding recovery. Read more

Harvey Pews

Photo by Christopher Mardorf / FEMA

Victims of Hurricane Harvey still await cleanup and rebuilding as the supply of able-bodied volunteers begins to diminish, writes Jim Truitt of Pacific Northwest Annual Conference. Read more

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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


Texas Recovers

Photo Courtesy of Texas Conference

A month after Hurricane Harvey struck southern Texas, the Texas Annual Conference has issued a call for more volunteers to help with overwhelming recovery needs. Read more

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Our string of global disasters – hurricanes, mudslides, wildfires, floods and more – reveals eternal truths about how we affect the world God gives by the ways we live in it, writes Cynthia B. Astle. Read more

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Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

As Hurricane Irma bore down on the U.S. mainland, survivors of Hurricane Harvey in southeast Texas were giving thanks and praying for those in Irma's path. Read more

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Bishop Robert Schnase

Photo courtesy of the Rio Texas Conference via UMNS

United Methodist pastors and bishops comforted and reassured survivors of Hurricane Harvey during the first worship services after the storm flooded Houston and southeast Texas. Read more

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Bishop Scott Jones of Houston reassures United Methodists in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Read more

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Packing relief food

Photo Courtesy of Frederick W. Schmidt

People who argue that natural disasters have someone’s name written on them – which is, by the way, never their own – need a good, quick metaphorical kick, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. Read more

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SL Mudslide Ethel Sandy Volunteers

Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS

United Methodists have woven a "chain of caring" through the many tumultuous events of August, providing rescue and relief, standing up for justice, and bringing hope to wounded souls, writes Cynthia B. Astle. Read more

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Corpus Christi Youth Clean Up

Photo courtesy of Whitney Hendley

The horrors of Hurricane Harvey are far from over, as United Methodists in southeast Texas and Louisiana continue to cope with the monster storm's effects, reports Sam Hodges. Read more

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Bear Creek UMC Rescue

Photo by Michele Sibley, courtesy Bear Creek United Methodist Church

Even with church buildings flooded and cut off from supplies, United Methodists rescue and shelter victims of Hurricane Harvey. Read more

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Wolfe House Flooded

Photo courtesy of the Rev. Andrew Wolfe via UMNS

If Hurricane Harvey teaches us anything, the storm should teach us that we must use both belief and knowledge -- Karl Barth's "Bible and newspapers" -- as we seek to interpret the world through our faith, writes Cynthia B. Astle. Read more

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Harvey flooding Houston 1

Photo by R. Crap Mariner CC BY 2.0

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) worked with annual conferences to prepare for the onslaught of extreme weather from Hurricane Harvey. Read more

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