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Yed Esaie Angoran, a key leader in The United Methodist Church in Côte d’Ivoire and the global denomination, died June 13. He was 73. 2008 file photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Yed Angoran, a global leader, dies at 73

Yed Esaie Angoran, a leader in both The United Methodist Church and the country of Côte d’Ivoire, died of a heart attack.
Local Church
Donald “Bud” Heckman, accused of sexual misconduct and abuse, withdrew under complaint from membership in the West Ohio Conference, effective June 10, 2020. Photo courtesy of the Religion Communicators Council.

#MeToo case ends with surrendered credentials

Donald “Bud” Heckman has left ordained ministry under complaint after facing an earlier complaint of sexual misconduct and abuse brought by four women.
Local Church
The Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell leads a Bible study at Windsor Village United Methodist Church in Houston in 2011. Caldwell pleaded guilty in federal court on March 11, 2020, to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. He has surrendered his clergy credentials but as he awaits sentencing remains on staff at Windsor Village and will preach there occasionally as a lay preacher. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Caldwell still on staff, preaching after guilty plea

Former Houston megachurch pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell awaits sentencing but remains a lay preacher and staff member at Windsor Village United Methodist.
Local Church
The Rev. Joseph E. Lowery (center) celebrates his 90th birthday with a song from entertainer Stevie Wonder (right) at the Atlanta Symphony Hall in October 2011. Beside Lowery is his wife Evelyn, who died in 2013. Joseph Lowery died March 27. He was 98. File photo by Kathleen Barry, UM News.

Rev. Joseph Lowery, civil rights leader, dead at 98

The Rev. Joseph Lowery, a United Methodist pastor who walked with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., died at his home in Atlanta on March 27.

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