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James Salley on growing tomorrow’s African leaders

On the occasion of being named president and chief executive officer of Africa University (Tennessee) Inc., James Salley looks back on the 30-year history of the United Methodist university in Zimbabwe and shares his hopes for the future.

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Bishops, others denounce WCA’s vaccine plan

Multiple United Methodist leaders are challenging the ethics of the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s plan to help only certain General Conference delegates receive COVID-19 vaccines.

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Preserving Black church history

The African American Methodist Heritage Center needs money and attention so it can preserve the history of African American Methodists, its leaders say. Fundraising will be the priority in 2022.

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$30 million from United Methodists in BSA bankruptcy

The United Methodist Church has long been a key sponsor of Boy Scout troops, and a settlement negotiated by church leaders commits the denomination to compensating and in other ways supporting victims of Scouting-related sex abuse.

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Reviving Christmas cheer in dark times

In this second year of the pandemic, United Methodist churches are getting creative in helping people experience Christ’s birth and love’s pure light.

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Churches see lots of need this Advent

Many congregations and affiliated nonprofits in the U.S. are stepping up efforts to help low-income people squeezed by inflation and affordable housing shortages.

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Making sure all are mourned

A United Methodist pastor with a ministry for people who are homeless has organized some of his peers to help ensure that everyone put to rest in Nashville, Tennessee, is respectfully mourned during a funeral service.

Trees symbolize a reformed denomination

Setting a new tree for every member of The United Methodist Church is a positive way to announce the church’s reformation to the world, writes retired pastor.

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Churches advised to oppose BSA bankruptcy plan

A United Methodist legal team is still negotiating but says the current Boy Scouts of America bankruptcy plan doesn’t adequately protect churches that sponsored Scouting troops and could be liable in sex-abuse claims.

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Spanish-language hymnal turns 25

Mil Voces Para Celebrar was no mere imitation of the United Methodist Hymnal, offering new tunes, texts and rhythms for worship.

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Inspiration, expertise for Black churches

Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century will offer tips on innovative ministries and better use of technology at its 2021 conference in Houston, which will be a hybrid live and virtual event.

5 theses for The United Methodist Church

Deeply rooted problems plaguing the denomination will not be solved by legislation but by repentance and a return to radical obedience to Scripture, says one United Methodist pastor.

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COVID sparks interest in BeADisciple courses

BeADisciple, which offers online courses and certification in many ministry specialties, reports an increase in students and courses that coincided with the coronavirus pandemic

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Judicial Council to review church-exit rules

The United Methodist Church’s top court faces multiple questions related to the deadline for General Conference legislation and a new law allowing congregations to exit with property.

Church joins fight against river pollution

The Council of Churches in Sierra Leone urges government to reduce health risks to 150,000 to 200,000 people who live along rivers where diamond and gold mining occur.

Connectional Table aims to restructure

The United Methodist leadership body that coordinates denomination-wide ministries is looking to shrink its size and become more global in membership.

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German pastor sentenced for providing asylum

A United Methodist pastor faces a penalty of 1,500 Euros (more than $1,700 U.S.) for “aiding and abetting unauthorized residence,” a sentence upheld in a Nov. 8 court hearing.