Linda Bloom

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Year of trial, grace for Newtown faith community

By G. Jeffrey MacDonald Christmas has returned to the heartsick village of Sandy Hook, where a school massacre one year ago overwhelmed the holiday season. Children are now performing the pageant that was canceled last year at Newtown United Methodist Church. Congregants are once again singing joyful carols outside the homes of shut-ins. But traditions …

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Stop Hunger Now aids Typhoon Haiyan survivors

A church stands amidst the ruins caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the village of Daanbantayan, northern Cebu, Philippines. A UMNS photo by Ray Buchanan.

Using already established relationships has made it easier for Stop Hunger Now, a United Methodist-related hunger relief agency, to respond after Typhoon Haiyan.

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Ecumenical ties in Philippines assist aid efforts

The 50th anniversary of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines originally was planned as a jubilee celebration. But the council, whose members include the United Methodist Church there, took a more somber tone Nov. 15 in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.

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With needs on rise, religious leaders warn against food stamp cuts

By Linda Bloom* If Congress drastically cuts the federal food stamp program, religious institutions will not be able to fill the gap for hungry families. That was the message delivered by religious leaders from southeastern states who participated in an Oct. 30 media briefing. The leaders expressed their concerns the same day as the first …

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A message on the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy

  A letter from United Methodist Bishop John Schol of New Jersey marks the first anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, which “changed lives and the landscape forever.” The bishop thanks “all of our volunteers, donors, churches and staff who have provided healing and hope for thousands of people” and writes about the work to come through …

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