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1 - Paradox on the plains
2 - Church responds as famine threatens Congo
3 - Lack of birth certificate challenges children in rural areas
4 - 3 church disaffiliations blocked
5 - Amid church exits, work starts on record-low budget
6 - Book offers clarity on United Methodist doctrine
7 - Central and Southern Europe elects Stefan Zürcher bishop
8 - Finding ‘God’s next’ for United Methodism
9 - Hollering for Change: Reflections on Bishop Williamston’s historic election
10 - Complaint filed against gay bishop's consecration
11 - Is this a time for innovation within The United Methodist Church?
12 - Pastor makes personal connection with orphans
13 - Couple count Zimbabwe twins as blessings
14 - Love of children brings $800,000 gift to Zimbabwe
15 - ‘Ghosts’ actress is a lifelong United Methodist
16 - Philippines Central Conference Balloting 2022
17 - Central and Southern Europe Central Conference Balloting 2022
18 - A church closing that hits home
19 - Organ donation gives United Methodist second chance at life
20 - 2022 Tennessee-Western Kentucky Annual Conference
21 - Wesley’s words inspire Congo missionary
22 - Bishop exhibits servant leadership at mission school
23 - Jurisdictions see shift in bishops, more cooperation
24 - Western elects Cedrick Bridgeforth as bishop
25 - Western elects Dottie Escobedo-Frank as bishop
26 - 2 jurisdictions tackle racism in bishop elections
27 - Western Jurisdiction elects Rapanut in historic vote
28 - US bishops receive assignments
29 - North Central elects Schwerin as bishop
30 - Southeastern elects Robin Dease as bishop
31 - Three bishops accused of aiding disaffiliation
32 - test1103
33 - Southeastern Jurisdiction elects Shelton as bishop
34 - Plambeck wins bishop post in North Central
35 - Northeastern Jurisdiction elects Burgos-Núñez as bishop
36 - South Central elects Wilson as denomination’s first Native American bishop
37 - South Central Jurisdiction elects Merrill as bishop
38 - Williamston elected South Central's first Black female bishop
39 - North Central elects Bigham-Tsai bishop in historic vote
40 - Southeastern Jurisdiction elects Berlin as bishop
41 - Small church’s music festival draws big crowds
42 - Former Africa University vice chancellor dies at 82
43 - Debate looming on how low budget should go
44 - ‘Africa University is in good hands’
45 - Constructing homes for AIDS orphans in Kenya
46 - Summit urges churches to speak out against mass incarceration
47 - Mission celebrates its first gathering in Laos in 16 years
1 - Paradox on the plains

When Kansans voted recently to protect abortion rights, they continued a rich history of advocacy.

11/23/2022 1:21:14 PM

2 - Church responds as famine threatens Congo

United Methodist Bishop Gabriel Yemba Unda, East Congo Episcopal Area, calls for amplifying agricultural activities to fight food insecurity.

11/23/2022 1:10:32 PM

3 - Lack of birth certificate challenges children in rural areas

Representatives of five United Methodist-related primary and secondary schools reported an average 44% of students don’t have birth certificates.

11/23/2022 12:55:51 PM

4 - 3 church disaffiliations blocked

The Arkansas Conference approved the exit of 35 churches, but not of three others seeking to leave The United Methodist Church.

11/21/2022 5:05:33 PM

5 - Amid church exits, work starts on record-low budget

United Methodist leaders agree that big changes are coming as the denomination grapples with rising church disaffiliations. But disagreements remain on how best to balance financial uncertainty with missional commitments.

11/21/2022 3:01:26 PM

6 - Book offers clarity on United Methodist doctrine

‘Faith Working Through Love,’ produced by the Committee on Faith and Order, sets the record straight about United Methodist beliefs and how those beliefs shape lives.

11/21/2022 11:09:44 AM

7 - Central and Southern Europe elects Stefan Zürcher bishop

The district superintendent of Northwestern Switzerland was elected Nov. 18 on the fourth ballot, receiving 41 of 68 votes cast.

11/18/2022 4:25:57 PM

8 - Finding ‘God’s next’ for United Methodism

Hundreds gather in Dallas and online for “Space at the Table: Conversations of Hope for the UMC Future,” an event prompted by the pandemic and local church disaffiliations.

11/17/2022 5:36:03 PM

9 - Hollering for Change: Reflections on Bishop Williamston’s historic election

The Rev. Dr. Tori Butler interviews the Rev. Wanda Bass, who was present to witness the first Black woman being elected bishop in the South Central Jurisdiction.

11/17/2022 1:08:00 PM

10 - Complaint filed against gay bishop's consecration

In a highly unusual move, the complaint against Western Jurisdiction bishops is online and garnering signatures from around the globe. The complaint comes after each of the five U.S. jurisdictions passed a resolution urging The United Methodist Church to affirm LGBTQ people.

11/17/2022 12:44:39 PM

11 - Is this a time for innovation within The United Methodist Church?

Taking an example from how director George Lucas’ vision helped revolutionize the film industry, the Rev. D.G. Hollums asks whether a pending split is an opportunity to reimagine the denomination.

11/16/2022 11:17:00 AM

12 - Pastor makes personal connection with orphans

The Rev. Owen Ross of the North Texas Conference shares his journey with the children at United Methodist Old Mutare Mission and how he helped shape the way Fairfield Children’s Home looks today.

11/16/2022 11:11:00 AM

13 - Couple count Zimbabwe twins as blessings

Charles and Carol Moore, members of the Baltimore-Washington Conference, sponsor the boys who live at Fairfield Children’s Home at Old Mutare Mission.

11/16/2022 11:10:00 AM

14 - Love of children brings $800,000 gift to Zimbabwe

During a 2001 visit to the Fairfield Children’s Home, a South Carolina mission team promised to return. In October 2022, their team leader joined Africa University’s 30th anniversary celebration.

11/16/2022 11:09:00 AM

15 - ‘Ghosts’ actress is a lifelong United Methodist

Sheila Carrasco, the actress who plays Flower on the CBS sitcom "Ghosts" and the daughter of a retired pastor, grew up in front of an audience.

11/15/2022 10:56:00 AM

18 - A church closing that hits home

The Rev. Derrek Belase, director of connectional ministries for the Oklahoma Conference, shares the emotions he’s feeling as he prepares for the closing of the United Methodist church where he grew up.

11/10/2022 12:09:00 PM

19 - Organ donation gives United Methodist second chance at life

After receiving a double lung transplant in 2020, Jennifer Loud is determined to seek and fulfill God’s purpose every day.

11/10/2022 10:45:24 AM

20 - 2022 Tennessee-Western Kentucky Annual Conference

June 15-17, 2022, Hybrid

11/10/2022 12:23:59 AM

21 - Wesley’s words inspire Congo missionary

The Rev. Collins Etchi Ako spells out some of the hardships he is up against in his work in Africa.

11/9/2022 1:47:00 PM

22 - Bishop exhibits servant leadership at mission school

Zimbabwe Area Bishop Eben K. Nhiwatiwa inspires others by joining a Volunteers in Mission team in painting a new mega-block at a church mission school.

11/8/2022 10:37:00 AM

23 - Jurisdictions see shift in bishops, more cooperation

Even as The United Methodist Church faces mounting disaffiliations, those who plan to remain United Methodist are working together more across jurisdictional lines. Jurisdictional conferences also elected more women and more people of color as bishops.

11/7/2022 4:00:52 PM

24 - Western elects Cedrick Bridgeforth as bishop

The Rev. Cedrick D. Bridgeforth’s Nov. 4 election makes him the first openly gay African-American man to be elected a bishop in The United Methodist Church.

11/4/2022 9:45:10 PM

25 - Western elects Dottie Escobedo-Frank as bishop

Delegates elected Dottie Escobedo-Frank, the jurisdiction’s third Hispanic bishop, Nov. 4 on the 19th ballot.

11/4/2022 9:33:32 PM

26 - 2 jurisdictions tackle racism in bishop elections

Both the Western Jurisdiction and Southeastern Jurisdiction found themselves addressing how bigotry has marred the bishop election process. The Western Jurisdiction held a highly unusual closed session.

11/4/2022 6:20:08 PM

27 - Western Jurisdiction elects Rapanut in historic vote

The Rev. Carlo A. Rapanut, assistant to the bishop in the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area, is the first Filipino American bishop in The United Methodist Church, and the first U.S. bishop who was ordained in a central conference.

11/4/2022 3:33:32 PM

28 - US bishops receive assignments

After electing new bishops, the denomination’s U.S. jurisdictional conferences announced episcopal assignments, effective Jan. 1.

11/4/2022 3:05:27 PM

29 - North Central elects Schwerin as bishop

The Rev. Dan Schwerin was the third and final bishop elected for The United Methodist Church's North Central Jurisdictional Conference. He received 100 votes of the 166 valid ballots cast Nov. 3, giving him the 60% needed to be elected.

11/3/2022 9:19:05 PM

30 - Southeastern elects Robin Dease as bishop

The Rev. Robin Dease, who was a write-in candidate on the first ballot for bishop in The United Methodist Church’s Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference, was elected Nov. 3 on the 25th ballot at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. She received 206 votes, the exact number needed.

11/3/2022 8:10:02 PM

31 - Three bishops accused of aiding disaffiliation

A South Central Jurisdictional Conference delegate asked the jurisdiction’s college of bishops to address the conduct and status of three episcopal leaders he said had provided “promotion and support” to the breakaway Global Methodist Church.

11/3/2022 6:51:12 PM

32 - test1103

11/3/2022 4:52:58 PM

33 - Southeastern Jurisdiction elects Shelton as bishop

The Rev. Connie Mitchell Shelton, district superintendent in the Mississippi Conference, was elected Nov. 2 on the 12th ballot.

11/2/2022 11:27:25 PM

34 - Plambeck wins bishop post in North Central

The Rev. Lanette Plambeck, a former intelligence analyst for the Army and the only endorsed candidate for bishop of the Iowa Annual Conference, was elected bishop on the third ballot at the North Central Jurisdictional Conference.

11/2/2022 10:26:56 PM

35 - Northeastern Jurisdiction elects Burgos-Núñez as bishop

With his election on the third ballot, the Rev. Héctor A. Burgos-Núñez became the first Hispanic/Latino bishop elected in the jurisdiction.

11/2/2022 10:07:53 PM

36 - South Central elects Wilson as denomination’s first Native American bishop

The Rev. David Wilson, assistant to the bishop of the Oklahoma and Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference, was elected Nov. 2 on the first ballot, becoming the first Native American bishop in The United Methodist Church.

11/2/2022 8:42:15 PM

37 - South Central Jurisdiction elects Merrill as bishop

The Rev. Laura Merrill was elected as a bishop along with two others on the first ballot in the South Central Jurisdictional Conference. The former church secretary received 99 votes.

11/2/2022 8:36:21 PM

38 - Williamston elected South Central's first Black female bishop

The Rev. Delores “Dee” Williamston, director of clergy excellence and assistant to the bishop of the Great Plains Conference, was elected on the first ballot with 141 votes.

11/2/2022 8:31:27 PM

39 - North Central elects Bigham-Tsai bishop in historic vote

The Rev. Kennetha Bigham-Tsai, chief connectional ministries officer for the Connectional Table, was the first to be elected on the first round of voting within the North Central Jurisdiction’s history.

11/2/2022 7:18:55 PM

40 - Southeastern Jurisdiction elects Berlin as bishop

The Rev. Thomas M. Berlin, lead pastor of Floris United Methodist Church in Herndon, Virginia, was elected Nov. 2 on the fourth ballot.

11/2/2022 5:51:00 PM

41 - Small church’s music festival draws big crowds

What began as a small way for Booneville United Methodist Church to reach out to the community has blossomed into an annual event attracting hundreds.

11/1/2022 11:27:47 AM

42 - Former Africa University vice chancellor dies at 82

Rukudzo J. Murapa is being remembered for his vision, networking and leadership, including helping to establish the United Methodist university’s Institute of Peace, Leadership and Governance.

10/31/2022 12:19:58 PM

43 - Debate looming on how low budget should go

The two bodies that develop The United Methodist Church’s budget agree cuts are needed, but disagreements are brewing over stewardship in a time of mounting church disaffiliations.

10/31/2022 11:50:00 AM

44 - ‘Africa University is in good hands’

United Methodist institution installs the Rev. Peter Mageto as fifth vice chancellor during 30th anniversary celebration.

10/28/2022 10:40:00 AM

45 - Constructing homes for AIDS orphans in Kenya

More than 350 homes have been built by teams in collaboration with Maua Methodist Hospital in Kenya, and generous gifts through the Center for Health and Hope in Colorado are adding to that number.

10/28/2022 10:39:00 AM

46 - Summit urges churches to speak out against mass incarceration

Attendees of the National Summit on Mass Incarceration were urged to work with their churches toward criminal justice reform.

10/27/2022 10:36:00 AM

47 - Mission celebrates its first gathering in Laos in 16 years

The event brought together nearly 200 members for the ordination of new leaders, lectures, worship and other celebrations.

10/27/2022 10:35:00 AM

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