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GC2016: Supporting Central Conference Clergy

5/5/2016

Photo by Chris Congdon for the Iowa-Nigeria Partnership of the Iowa Conference Banyam Theological Seminary in rural Nigeria has regular electricity in some of its buildings, thanks to a solar project supported by a grant from the Central Conference Theological Education Fund. By Sam Hodges, United Methodist News Service Before help came from the...


AU Graduates Interpret for GC2016

5/4/2016

Alumni and Friends Serve for the Cause From the Africa University Development Office More than a dozen Africa University alumni are serving as interpreters and translators at the 2016 General Conference. It’s a role they have played since the 1996 General Conference, and this year, they have added something special. For the 2016 General ...


Every UM Can be Part of General Conference 2016

5/3/2016

Photo by Greg Nelson, Oregon-Idaho Conference There are a variety of ways to stay connected to General Conference. Some involve technology, but that is not the only way. A UMC.org Feature by Joe Iovino* April 19, 2016 Not every United Methodist will be a delegate to General Conference, but that does not mean that you cannot participate in all ...


To Reach 'Nones,' Try Experimental Churches

5/2/2016

Photo courtesy of the Rev. Beth Ann Estock Leaders of SpiritSpace and their families prepare sandwiches to hand out to homeless individuals. SpiritSpace is among the new church starts in Portland, Ore., bringing people into Christian community.   By Heather Hahn, United Methodist News Service  PORTLAND, Ore. In much of the Pacific Northwest, ...


Trying to Avert Famine in Africa

4/29/2016

File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS Lester Mhone discusses sustainable agriculture techniques in use at the United Methodist farm in Mchinji, Malawi, in 2013. Although the 2015-16 famine has affected the harvest yield, an irrigation system has helped, said Mhone. By Linda Bloom April 18, 2016 | NEW YORK (UMNS) In a normal year, this would be harvest ...


United to Propose New Hybrid Course of Study

4/28/2016

United Theological Seminary United Theological Seminary has announced plans for a nationwide hybrid Course of Study program. By Kathy L. Gilbert, United Methodist News Service United Theological Seminary has announced plans for a “self-sustaining, non-jurisdictional, non-geographic, nationwide hybrid Course of Study program,” beginning Jan. 1, ...


Bishop Seeks Help, Prayers for Ecuador

4/27/2016

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons A team from Gama TV documents the effects of the 2016 Ecuador earthquake in the city of Guayaquil. UPDATES with missionary interview By Michelle Maldonado and Joey Butler, United Methodist News Service In the wake of a 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck coastal Ecuador on April 16, Bishop Silvio Cevallos of ...


Seven College Outreach Ideas

4/26/2016

Allegheny students sort through garbage to promote the college’s “One Less Cup” campaign, which encourages reusable takeout containers. Allegheny College is a United Methodist affiliated college in Meadville, Pa. Photo by Bill Owen for Allegheny College. By Jeremy Steele, United Methodist Communications It is easy to get in a rut when thinking ...


McRee Honored Veteran of Miss. Civil Rights Movement

4/25/2016

From the Mississippi Black Methodist Church for Renewal (BMCR) e-newsletter Retired United Methodist pastor, Rev. James McRee, age 97, was one of eight individuals honored during the 11th annual Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement Conference. The presentation was made during the Veterans Legacy Banquet held at Tougaloo College in ...


Texas Flooding Prompts Relief Work, Prayer

4/25/2016

Photo courtesy Texas Conference The southeast Texas town of Deweyville, Texas experienced heavy flooding during Holy Week last month, including the Deweyville United Methodist Church, shown here. Conditions have improved, but the nearby Sabine River remains at flood stage. By Sam Hodges, United Methodist News Service United Methodists in Houston...


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