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Update on Ukraine

by | Jan 5, 2023 | Conference Newsletter, Featured-News

Mission Together Ukraine

While we have moved through the holidays and into the new year, the Ukraine continues to face severe Russian aggression. Many of our churches participated in the Day of Prayer for Ukraine on November 6th; others have chosen an upcoming date in tune with their own church calendar for prayer and donations.

We continue, both privately and in congregational settings, to pray for the people of Ukraine and for the Ukrainian United Methodist clergy and congregations who continue to do God’s work there. The clergy there are beyond grateful for the power of our prayers and the power of our support. Resources are available as noted below as well as various articles on our website – search Ukraine.

If you would like to help financially, an Advance has been established specifically to support Ukraine: #14053A. These dollars can be accessed by the Ukrainian UMC clergy and directed to help raise and recover the local economy.

The link is https://umcmission.org/advance-project/14053a/.

For the latest update from UM News: https://www.umnews.org/-/media/UMC-Media/2023/01/03/20/16/united-methodist-church-europe-ukraine-refugees-12-22-2022

Resources:

Use the snapshot video as a mission moment and the 30-minute video discussion between Billie Fidlin, Rev. Mel Munchinsky, and several Ukrainian clergy for small group study and prayer.

  1. Prayers for Ukraine and others in time of war.
  2. A brief service in response to the Russian-Ukraine war.
  3. Introduction letter from Rev. Mel Munchinsky
  4. Video discussion with Ukraine clergy (approximately 30 minutes)
  5. Mission Moment snapshot video of discussion with Ukraine clergy (2:45 minutes)
  6. Google Drive with videos, presentation files, and more

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Author: Billie K. Fidlin

Billie K. Fidlin is the Director of Outreach & Justice for the Desert Southwest Conference. She is a graduate of Western Michigan University and attended Claremont School of Theology for religious studies. Ms. Fidlin currently serves as the President of the Arizona Faith Network in her second term. She is President & Founder of Whisper n Thunder Inc., and sits on various boards including the Justa Center and the Phoenix Police Department's Faith Advisory Council. Her awards include the UM Foundation for Evangelism 2004 Distinguished Evangelist; 2016 Church Women United / United Nations Human Rights Award; 2018 Servant Leader Award AZ Faith Network; 2022 Southern Poverty Law Center Certificate of Recognition; and 2022-23 Class of Who's Who in America.
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