Central Conferences

General Church
 Bishop Arnold C. Temple speaks during the African College of Bishops meeting Sept. 4-7, 2018, in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Temple is president of the All Africa Conference of Churches. Photo by Danny Mai, United Methodist Communications.

African bishops hear call to cross divides, unite Methodists

Church must be a reconciler in Africa, ecumenical leader says.
General Church
North Katanga Area Bishop Mande Muyombo speaks about the benefits of a United Methodist Communications project in his episcopal area. Muyombo spoke during at presentation Sept. 4 at an Africa College of Bishops’ retreat Freetown, Sierra Leone. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

African bishops reaffirm stance on marriage, vow to maintain unity

African bishops have reaffirmed their traditionalist view of marriage and their commitment to the unity of The United Methodist Church.
Social Concerns
Bishop Mande Muyombo and delegates work in small groups during a tribalism workshop in Kindu, Congo. Photo by Judith Osongo Yanga, UMNS.

Congo United Methodists seek to eradicate tribalism

Delegates and bishops from four episcopal areas gathered for a three-day workshop on tribalism, co-sponsored by the United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race.
Global Health
Two worshippers wash their hands using handwashing kits installed in front of the Tokolote MotoMoto United Methodist Church in the Kindu Nord District. The United Methodist Board of Global Ministries funded the installation of the handwashing stations at local churches in the Eastern Congo Episcopal Area. Photo by Chadrack Tambwe Londe, UMNS.

Church works to fight, prevent Ebola in Congo

More than 45 people, including a United Methodist lay leader, have died from the virus since a new outbreak was declared Aug. 1 in the Beni District.

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