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Former bishop known for 'reconciling spirit'

United Methodists remember James E. Dorff for his role in the formation of what is now the Rio Texas Conference, his leadership in a variety of ministries and ability to bring people together. He died June 7.

Church takes on xenophobia in South Africa

In collaboration with the Council of Churches of South Africa, United Methodists are educating young people about xenophobic attacks and the meaning of being “foreign.”

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Hanke looks back at UM Men tenure

As he prepares for retirement, the longtime United Methodist Men leader reflects on his accomplishments, including helping thousands of men take part in weekly virtual class meetings.

Looking to neighbors to fix neighborhoods

An organizer who believes residents are the most important key to improving in-danger neighborhoods has won a Tom Locke Innovative Leader Award. DeAmon Harges works to improve northwest Indianapolis and consults all over the world.

‘Only love can drive out hate’

In the midst of a rise in violence toward the Asian community, one Korean pastor writes that agape love is “the ultimate way for us to overcome hate.”

Claremont pivots to two-campus strategy

Claremont School of Theology planned to sell its Southern California campus and move to Willamette University in Oregon, but litigation setbacks have forced the United Methodist seminary to try to operate both places.

Woman in sanctuary relishes new freedom

Maria Chavalan Sut, who lived in sanctuary at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in Charlottesville, Virginia, has been granted a Stay of Removal for one year.

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Bishops’ election plans draw mixed reaction

Many General Conference delegates praised the bishops for retracting an earlier recommendation of four-year hold on United Methodist elections. But some still have misgivings about a delay until 2022.

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Europeans make plans for separation

Under a proposed separation plan, some European churchgoers expect to remain with The United Methodist Church while others join a new traditionalist denomination.

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Georgia laity question bishop in full-page ad

The advertisement in the Sunday Atlanta Journal-Constitution seeks transparency from the North Georgia bishop on disputes around a pastoral appointment, LGBTQ inclusion and the future of the church.

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Publishing House rebounds

Thanks to better sales as the pandemic eases in the U.S., as well as a real estate move, the United Methodist Publishing House appears in better shape financially.

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Grants go to fight COVID-19 in India

The escalating COVID-19 crisis in India will be addressed by The United Methodist Church through grants to entities there who have been partners in the past.

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WCA plans new denomination

The traditionalist Wesleyan Covenant Association met in person and online to shape a proposed Global Methodist Church and to blast certain United Methodist bishops for appointments decisions.