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Delegates and bishops join in prayer at the front of the stage before a key vote on church policies about homosexuality during the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

GC2019 maps uncertain way forward

More than 53 percent of General Conference delegates approved the Traditional Plan, but how much of the plan will take effect is unknown.
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Women work in a rice field as part of a farming project in the Côte d’Ivoire Episcopal Area. The project is supported by UMCOR and encouraged by Bishop Benjamin Boni.  Photo courtesy Yves Dirabou.

Church in Côte d’Ivoire focuses on farming, food security

Bishop Benjamin Boni and Côte d’Ivoire Episcopal Area take holistic approach to agriculture involving women and youths.
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Jean Tshomba (center) hands food and other supplies to an internally displaced person from Bijombo, Congo, in front of New Jerusalem United Methodist Church in Uvira. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UMNS.

Church helps internally displaced people in Congo

Fleeing tribal conflicts, more than 2,500 refugees find shelter and hope, thanks to The United Methodist Church, UMCOR.
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Zimbabwe Area Bishop Eben K. Nhiwatiwa, episcopal leader for the Zimbabwe East and Zimbabwe West conferences, joins hands with other Christians and political leaders at a national prayer breakfast and dialogue Feb. 7 in Harare, Zimbabwe. Photo by Tarui Emmanuel Maforo, UMNS.

Amid political unrest, Zimbabwe churches lead dialogue

United Methodist Bishop Eben K. Nhiwatiwa calls for consensus building in the highly polarized nation.

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