Bishops

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Bishop Spain, tireless counselor, dies at 96

Bishop Bob Spain, who served as the United Methodist Publishing House’s chaplain well into his 90s, is being remembered for his faithful and energetic ministry.
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Greater Nhiwatiwa (in purple dress), wife of Bishop Eben K. Nhiwatiwa (left), explains the history and significance of the Chin'ando prayer mountain to bishops attending the Africa College of Bishops retreat held Sept 5-8 at Africa University in Mutare, Zimbabwe. The bishops released a statement at the close of the retreat calling for unity in The United Methodist Church while condemning traditionalist advocacy groups looking to break up the denomination. Photo by Eveline Chikwanah, UM News.

African bishops call for unity, condemn advocacy groups

The bishops released a statement Sept. 8 denouncing the Africa Initiative and Wesleyan Covenant Association, which they say “are wrongly influencing God’s people in our areas.”
Faith Stories
Bishop John William Russell died Sept. 2, at age 96. A World War II veteran, Russell served various local churches and as a district superintendent before his election as bishop in 1980. In 1988, he became the first episcopal leader of the newly formed Central Texas Conference. Photo and graphic courtesy of UM News.

Bishop Russell dies at age 96

Bishop John William Russell served various local churches and as a district superintendent before his election as bishop in 1980. In 1988, he became the first episcopal leader of the newly formed Central Texas Conference. Russell died Sept. 2.
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During their online meeting Aug. 26, bishops unanimously affirmed a statement addressing gun violence. To stop the gun violence epidemic in the U.S. and around the globe, bishops are urging United Methodists to raise their prayers to God and contact their elected leaders. Screengrab courtesy of the Council of Bishops via Zoom by UM News.

Bishops call for rejecting ‘idolatry of guns’

To overcome the crisis of gun violence in the U.S. and around the globe, bishops are urging United Methodists to raise their prayers and contact their elected leaders.

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