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Despite being denied an education as a girl, Greater Taremeredzwa Nhiwatiwa (second from left) went on to become a nurse and church leader in her role as an African bishop’s spouse. Nhiwatiwa, who is president of the Zimbabwe Episcopal Area Rukwadzano RweWadzimai (RRW) women's organization, shares her life story in a new book, “Reflections on My Life and Faith Journey as an African Bishop’s Spouse.” Pictured with Nhiwatiwa at the Zimbabwe West Annual Conference main office are Anesu Mironga, Zimbabwe East Annual Conference secretary (left), Tendai Rebecca Gurupira, RRW vice president (third from left), and Ethel Tsingano, RRW secretary. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UM News.

Greater Nhiwatiwa shares faith journey in new book

Despite being denied an education as a girl, she went on to become a nurse and leader in The United Methodist Church in Zimbabwe in her role as an African bishop’s spouse.
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The Holston Conference’s Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor embraces the Rev. David Graves following his election as United Methodist bishop at the 2016 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference. Taylor is among the 11 U.S. bishops who retired last year, and Graves is among the bishops now taking on extra work because of the retirements. The Judicial Council issued a decision May 20, addressing the question of whether jurisdictional conference can meet to elect new bishops. File photo by Annette Spence, Holston Conference.

Ruling opens door for bishop elections in 2022

The United Methodist Church’s top court ruled that the Council of Bishops has the authority to call jurisdictional conferences to elect and assign new U.S. episcopal leaders but not to change the date when those new bishops take office.
The Rev. Marita Harrell, pastor of Connections at Metropolitan United Methodist Church in Atlanta, was fatally stabbed on or before May 18, according to DeKalb County (Ga.) police. An Atlanta TV station reported she had been counseling the suspect, who has been arrested and charged with murder and arson. Photo courtesy of the North Georgia Conference.

Police make arrest in pastor’s slaying

The Rev. Marita Y. Harrell, a United Methodist pastor in Atlanta, was stabbed to death earlier this week, and police have arrested a suspect and obtained warrants for murder and arson.

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