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Nyasha (with headset), a second grade student in the hard-of-hearing class at Nyadire Primary in Zimbabwe, tries out an auto-hearing machine machine donated to the school by the Northwest District of the Indiana Conference. Also pictured are David Czerwonky (left) with the Wesley Foundation of Purdue University; Janée LaFuze (center), Northwest District lay leader; Ruvarashe, another student; and teacher Everjoy Nyamukapa (far right). During a July 13-Aug. 4 mission trip, visitors from the Northwest District and the Wesley Foundation of Purdue connected with church members in the Zimbabwe Episcopal Area. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UM News.

Mission trip strengthens partnership, ministries

An idea that began with providing chickens for income generation has grown to new collaboration and shared dreams for the Indiana Conference, Wesley Foundation of Purdue University and the Zimbabwe Episcopal Area.
General Church
A diverse group of bishops and other United Methodist leaders gather for a group photo in 2019 after reaching agreement on a proposal that would maintain The United Methodist Church but allow traditionalist congregations to separate into a new denomination. More than a quarter of that team have now rescinded their support for the agreement in its entirety, saying it no longer offers an adequate path forward for The United Methodist Church. Photo courtesy of the Protocol Mediation Team.

Protocol’s day has passed, some negotiators say

Based on discussions with General Conference delegates and other United Methodists, five of the 16 leaders who negotiated a denominational separation agreement say they “can no longer, in good faith, support” the proposal.
UM News is the official news gathering agency of the 13-million member United Methodist Church. Map courtesy of Pixabay; graphic by UM News.

The church in Europe stands together

At its most recent meeting, the German United Methodist Church executive committee discussed ways that European United Methodist congregations can help in the face of the Ukrainian war.
General Church
United Methodist Bishop Patrick Streiff (right) leads the March 31 session of the Bulgaria-Romania Provisional Annual Conference, with help from the Rev. Margarita Todorova, interpreter, and the Rev. Tsvetan Iliev, conference secretary. Later in the four-day meeting, conference members voted unanimously to leave The United Methodist Church for the new, traditionalist Global Methodist Church, which begins operations May 1. Photo courtesy of the Bulgaria-Romania Conference.

Bulgaria-Romania United Methodists vote to leave

In a process objected to by their bishop, members of the Bulgaria-Romania Provisional Annual Conference voted unanimously to disaffiliate from The United Methodist Church and join the Global Methodist Church.

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