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Faith Stories
Frye Gaillard. Photo by Rachel Smook.

Commentary: Alabama minister ‘never lost himself in the battle’

A friend reflects on a United Methodist pastor whose courage and grace made an indelible impression.
Faith Stories
Jay Weaver, a founding member of popular Christian band Big Daddy Weave and a lifelong United Methodist, passed away from complications of COVID-19 on Jan 2. Photo courtesy of St. Paul United Methodist Church via Facebook.

Remembering Jay Weaver of Big Daddy Weave

The lifelong United Methodist was a founding member of the popular Christian music group. He passed away due to complications from COVID-19.
Mission and Ministry
The Rev. César Lodiha Akoka visits with one of the widows he is assisting through his Volunteers in Mission club started at Africa University in Mutare, Zimbabwe. Photo by Chenayi Kumuterera, UM News.

Pastor passes along blessings to orphans, widows

The many times God answered his prayers led the Rev. César Lodiha Akoka to start the first Volunteers in Mission club in his home of Kinshasa, Congo.
General Church
UM News honors notable United Methodists who died in 2021. Photo by S. Hermann & F. Richter, courtesy of Pixabay.

2021: Notable church members remembered

Noted evangelists, civil rights activists, bishops and the inventor of a beloved toy are among the United Methodists who passed away in the past 12 months.

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