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COB congratulates Bishop Domingos as 5th Chancellor of Africa University


The Council of Bishops is congratulating Bishop Gaspar Joao Domingos of the West Angola Episcopal Area on his election as the 5th Chancellor of Africa University.

Juneteenth Celebrates Freedom


Juneteenth (celebrated on June 19) commemorates the day enslaved African-Americans in west Texas learned of their freedom as granted by the Emancipation Proclamation two and a half years earlier. This group of people in west Texas was the last to find out about the proclamation declaring "that all persons held as slaves" within the rebellious states "are, and henceforward shall be free." On June 19, 1865, Union Army General Gordon Granger read General Order Number 3in Galveston, Texas ...

Churches Have Role in Overcoming Vaccine Hesitancy


President Joe Biden has set a national goal of 70% of U.S. adults with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by July 4, and he’s hoping that the faith community will help to achieve it.

Former bishop known for 'Reconciling Spirit'


James E. Dorff, a former United Methodist bishop remembered for his ability to bring people together, died June 7 after a three-year struggle with pancreatic cancer. He was 73.

Hanke Looks Back at UM Men Tenure


  Gilbert C. Hanke reflects on nearly 12 years as the chief executive of United Methodist Men from his office at the agency in Nashville, Tenn. He will retire after a new leader is selected. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News. By Jim Patterson | NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UM News)  Key points:  • The longtime leader of United Methodist Men, Gil Hanke, is preparing for retirement.  • Hanke’s accomplishments include helping thousands of men gather for weekly virtual class meetings.  • He’s also put an ...

Bishop Arichea, Bible scholar, dies at 87


Bishop Daniel C. Arichea Jr. — a Bible scholar who championed full inclusion of LGBTQ people in church life — died June 1 in Taguig, Philippines, of complications related to COVID-19. He was 87.

Rev. Simeon C. Law Appointed Metropolitan District Superintendent for the New York Annual Conference


Rev. Simeon C. Law will step into the position of Metropolitan District Superintendent for the New York Annual Conference on July 1.

Meet Kevin Feltz, NYAC’s New Chief Financial Officer and Director of Administration


The impending retirement of Ross Williams, New York Annual Conference (NYAC) Chief Financial Officer and Director of Administration, left a pair of very big shoes to fill. But one prospect, Kevin Feltz—a finance and administration executive with over two decades working in the non-profit and faith communities—rose to the top of the pile.

Bishops: No Episcopal Elections until 2022


The Council of Bishops held fast to its plans to delay electing any new leaders until after the postponed General Conference, despite some delegates’ calls for elections this year.

Lack of Ruling Adds to Protocol Concerns


The United Methodist Church’s top court has held off on deciding whether a denominational separation plan passes constitutional muster. And that has some of the plan’s architects frustrated and worried.

Churches Across Theological Spectrum Exiting


With a potential United Methodist split still up in the air, an increasing number of U.S. churches already are heading for the exits. At least five congregations of varying views on LGBTQ inclusion are now in talks to cut ties with The United Methodist Church — often at great expense.

Court Won’t Rule in Advance on Protocol Legislation


The United Methodist Church’s top court will not rule in advance on the constitutionality of proposed legislation that would provide a way for some to separate from the denomination.

New Film, Happy Cleaners, Features Co-Writers, Producers and a Lead Actor With Ties to NYAC Churches


By Jim Patterson | UM News Gordon Yu (left) and Julian Kim record a scene for the film “Happy Cleaners,” which examines the lives of working-class Korean Americans. Photo by Janice Chung. United Methodists Julian Kim and Peter Lee didn’t see their lives represented in Hollywood films, so they did it themselves.  “Happy Cleaners,” an independent film set in the diverse Flushing neighborhood in Queens, New York, is about a Korean American family that owns a struggling dry-cleaning business. ...

An Important Announcement from the College of Bishops of the Northeastern Jurisdiction


The College of Bishops of the Northeastern Jurisdiction has announced the coverage of Episcopal Areas in the Northeastern Jurisdiction, effective September 1, 2021.

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