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The Revs. Maggie Proshek (left), Ricky Harrison (center) and Taylor Smith are young clergy in the North Texas Conference. All three were ordained at annual conference this summer, Proshek as deacon and Harrison and Smith as elders. The North Texas Conference has become one of the top U.S conferences in percentage of elders 35 and under, a new report shows. Nationally, the number of young elders has declined for three straight years. Photo by Hillsman S. Jackson, North Texas Conference.
Photo by Hillsman S. Jackson, North Texas Conference

Number of elders under 35 dropping

New report on United Methodist clergy age trends in U.S. shows three years of decline for elders in this demographic.

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Theology and Education
Participants of the African and Asian Women Theologians Conference visited Ehwa Womans University, Seoul, Korea. From left are the Revs. Elaine Goh, Elvira Moises, Memory Chikosi, Ruth Daniel, Beauty Maenzanise, HiRho Park, Maaraidzo Mutambara, Kathy Armistead, Elizabeth Tapia and Yani Yoo. Foreground: Helena Guidione and HyunJu Lee. Photo by the Rev. Thomas Kim, UM News.

Women theologians: Following in the footsteps

United Methodist theologians from Africa and Asia gathered to discuss their interpretations of the Bible and find common ground.
General Church
Bishops Rodolfo Alfonso “Rudy” Juan (left), Ciriaco Q. Francisco (center) and Pedro M. Torio Jr. lead a prayer for the Philippines and Southeast Asia during the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis in February. The Philippines Central Conference College of Bishops, meeting in Manila, signed a resolution opposing dissolution of The United Methodist Church. File photo by Kathleen Barry, UM News.

Filipino bishops back church unity

The Philippines Central Conference College of Bishops signed a resolution opposing dissolution and recommending restructuring to allow regional autonomy on divisive issues.
Multicultural Ministry
Graduates cut a cake to celebrate their completion of the Inua Partners in Hope vocational training program in Naivasha, Kenya. The program, a partnership between  Trinity United Methodist Church in Naivasha and First United Methodist Church in Winter Park, Fla., teaches vocational and business skills to orphans and vulnerable young people. Photo by Gad Maiga, UM News.

Education equals hope for Kenyan orphans

Students learn vocational, business skills through Inua Partners in Hope program, an initiative of Kenya and Florida churches.

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