Toiletry Kit Ministry Helping Asylum Seekers, Migrants and Immigrants (Disaster Response)

How does one start a new ministry? Sometimes it is just a matter of offering to help existing ministries.

The California-Pacific Disaster Response Task Force recognized last fall that the humanitarian crisis on our southern border is a disaster in which our Task Force should be taking a more active role. The Disaster Response Task Force has since become more involved with the Cal-Pac Immigration Task Force in searching for ways to address the problems facing asylum seekers, immigrants and migrants.

The Lord must have heard the people crying out for help. This spring, the Disaster Response Task Force received a large donation of hotel hospitality items (shampoo, conditioner, soap, lotion, disposable razors, toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc). What to do? continue reading

VBS, pandemic style

Summer is synonymous with Vacation Bible School (VBS). But VBS, pandemic style, requires pairing safety with creativity. continue reading

Bishop Hagiya’s Briefing (July 27, 2020)

I am teaching United Methodist Polity this summer, and as I go through the material, I can’t help but to filter our Book of Discipline and secondary resources on polity through the lens of COVID-19. continue reading

Bishop Hagiya’s Emergency Health Care Briefing (July 14, 2020)

By now you have probably heard that Governor Gavin Newsom has ordered that all in-person worship services cannot meet in almost all counties in California. continue reading

2020 COVID-19 Update from Bishop Hagiya

As predicted by our health experts, COVID-19 cases are continuing to spike after normalizing with social distancing. Thinking only of re-election, many of our politicians rushed to reopen too soon, and we are seeing the dire consequences playing out before our eyes. continue reading

Pride Worship 2020 (Video)

During this season of pandemic and stay at home orders, many Pride celebrations have been cancelled. The LGBTQIA+ community of the UMC are now having to wait an additional fifteen months longer for a decision from General Conference, continue reading

What does the United Methodist Church say about Racism

The 2020 killings of three African Americans — George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, who died at the hands of police, and Ahmaud Arbery, chased and shot to death by two individuals — sparked a national outcry against white supremacy and institutional racism, a protest that has now spread globally.

How is the UMC responding? Click Here