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Thanos, a prominent villain in Marvel comic books who was featured in several theatrical movies, was created by Jim Starlin with help from his roommate Mike Friedrich, who wrote the first stories featuring the character. Photo courtesy of Disney Movies.
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Deacon went from superheroes to God

The Rev. Mike Friedrich is a United Methodist deacon with a Marvel-ous past. These days, the former comic book writer works to redevelop church properties in the California-Nevada Conference.

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Tapiwa Nyawasha cuts strips from scrap pieces of plastic that she will use to make bed, bath and door mats as a way to increase income and empower widows and single mothers. Tapiwa  is a member of Kuwadzana Extension United Methodist Church in Harare, Zimbabwe. Photo by Chenayi Kumuterera, UM News.

From trash to cash: Zimbabwe woman launches venture

By recycling plastic and cloth, Tapiwa Nyawasha supports herself and her church and encourages others to do likewise.
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United Methodist conference reports. Find out what’s happening across the connection. Read official filings of annual and central conference meetings from around the world. Graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News; globe by Mediengestalter courtesy of Pixabay.

United Methodist conference reports

Find out what’s happening across the connection. Read official filings of annual conference meetings from around the world.
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The California-Nevada Conference Cabinet issued a statement rejecting disaffiliation or withholding of apportionments in response to the Traditional Plan passed by the 2019 General Conference. Photo of the California-Nevada Conference United Methodist Center in Sacramento, Calif., courtesy of the conference.

California-Nevada says no to withholding funds, disaffiliation

The cabinet of the California-Nevada Conference says no to disaffiliation and withholding apportionments.

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