Rio Texas Conference

The United Methodist-related immigratiton ministry, housed in 19 locations across the United States, met at Travis Park UMC in San Antonio, Texas, for education and inspiration. Read more

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Community Engagement

From personal supplies to gift cards to a "tug-o-love," United Methodist conferences are gathering mission resources at their 2019 annual sessions. Read more

Global Health

The realities of global migration are an ever-present reality for the Rio Texas Annual Conference, which has substantially increased its ministries to migrants in cooperation with other faith-based and government agencies in South Texas. Read more

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A Church and Society delegation finds itself deeply moved as the Rio Texas Annual Conference and Bishop Robert Schnase lead them on a trip to America's southern border. Read more

Advocating Justice

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 Rio Texas Annual Conference, site of several immigration detention centers, overwhelmingly passes a resolution asking the U.S. Department of Justice to halt the practice of separating immigrant children from their parents. 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

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

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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

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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

Global Health

La Trinidad Class

Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS

As the Trump Administration cracks down on immigrants, churches and ministries find members and clients fearfully avoiding services in San Antonio, Texas, a historic center for Hispanic Methodism. Read more

Local Church

Jim Dorff Teaching

UMNS File Photo by Mike DuBose

Rio Texas Bishop James E. Dorff has resigned after admitting he had "not upheld" his marriage and ordination vows. Read more

Finance and Administration

The fall Judicial Council rulings show some concerns for United Methodist governance, especially in terms of bishops' accountability and the vulnerability of local pastors, writes the Rev. Jerry Eckert of Associates in Advocacy. Read more

Finance and Administration

Stan Horwood

Photo Courtesy of GBHEM

United Methodist layman Stan Horwood, a Texas rancher, has donated $1 million for Rio Texas Conference students to attend two seminaries. Read more

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