UMNS Posts Series on Economic Downturn

March 13, 2009

As the recession deepens across the United States, United Methodist congregations are ministering to church members and their communities while trying to maintain their commitments to mission. Churches in Michigan and Indiana are responding to the collapse of the automotive industry, while First United Methodist Church in Peoria, Illinois, is connecting with laid-off workers from Caterpillar. United Methodist News Service, working with annual conference communicators in the Midwest, this week posted a two-day package of stories on how churches are responding to the downturn. Link here to read:


·         Churches offer services to the jobless

·         Hoosier United Methodists offer help in downturn

·         United Methodists join rally against foreclosures

·         Michigan churches adjust to economic downturn

·         Job loss provides opportunity to serve others


UMNS will post a three-part series on racial profiling March 16-18. The series, "Racial Profiling and the Church," will focus on profiling in The United Methodist Church and in the wider U.S. society, and the church's role in addressing the problem. Watch for it on the UMNS website.