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The three European central conferences of The United Methodist Church covering 32 countries and 10 time zones are making plans for a proposed denomination-wide split. Four bishops (clockwise from top left), Edward Khegay, Christian Alsted, Harald Rückert and Patrick Streiff, have drafted next steps should a separation plan win General Conference approval. Image courtesy of the bishops.

Europeans make plans for separation

Under a proposed separation plan, some European churchgoers expect to remain with The United Methodist Church while others join a new traditionalist denomination.
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Munashe Furusa speaks during the 25th anniversary celebration for Africa University in Mutare, Zimbabwe, in 2017. Furusa, the school’s vice chancellor, died Jan. 13. He was 59. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Africa University vice chancellor Furusa dies

Professor Munashe Furusa, 59, is being remembered as a champion for educational access for underprivileged students and an important voice for United Methodist-related higher education. He died Jan. 13.
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Many annual conference gatherings scheduled for the first half of 2020 in Central and Southern Europe have been postponed again and some moved online due to the coronavirus pandemic. A decision is pending on the final form of the Hungary Provisional Conference, shown here in 2019. That meeting is now planned for the end of October.  2019 file photo by Urs Schweizer, Central Conference of Central and Southern Europe.

Many European conferences still unable to meet

Many annual conference gatherings in Europe were postponed until autumn due to COVID-19. Unfortunately, most will still be unable to meet in person.
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The Rev. Moore Ganda, senior pastor, prays for the congregation at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Harare, Zimbabwe. Due to COVID-19 and the country’s economic crisis, the congregation is being asked to help augment clergy salaries. Photo by Priscilla Muzerengwa, UM News.

Laity giving pastors a boost during pandemic

Lay leaders in the Zimbabwe East Conference are asking all church members to contribute $1 per month to help augment pastors’ salaries during COVID-19.

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