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Bishop Judith Craig was the first woman bishop to be assigned to the West Michigan and Detroit Conferences, serving from 1984 to 1992. UMNS file photo.
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Judith Craig, pioneering woman bishop, dies at 82

Bishop Judith Craig, the third woman elected as a United Methodist bishop, died Jan. 18 at 82 in Columbus, Ohio.

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Agencies are looking at what planned cuts to apportionments will mean for their work, their staff and the people they serve. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Deciding what budget cuts mean for ministry

United Methodist general agencies are looking at how they can tighten their belts as they face plans to cut the general church budget by more than 20 percent.
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The Rev. Traci C. West speaks about why the Simple Plan matters during a meeting hosted by Drew University Theological School in Madison, N.J. West is a professor of ethics and African-American studies at Drew. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS.

Simple Plan supporters talk strategy

Supporters discuss how legislation that would eliminate all restrictions related to homosexuality could be part of General Conference consideration.
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The Committee on Reference manages to retain a sense of humor while undertaking the challenge of deciding which petitions can be considered by the special session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church. The panel met Jan. 11-12 near Dallas. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS.

Panel clarifies options for special General Conference

Reference committee meets to decide which petitions are ‘in harmony’ for legislative gathering to address unity amid conflict over homosexuality.

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