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Delegates and guests sing during closing worship at the Roundtable for Peace on the Korean Peninsula at Grace United Methodist Church in Atlanta. Front row, from left are: Bishop John Higon Eun, American Conference of the Korean Methodist Church; the Rev. Chongho James Kim, First United Methodist Church of Flushing, N.Y.; the Rev. Kim Sei Hwan, Korean Church of Atlanta United Methodist Church; and Bishop Hee-Soo Jung, Wisconsin Conference of The United Methodist Church. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Finding new urgency in quest for peace in Korea

Methodist-led gathering of religious leaders in Atlanta sees both optimism and urgency in efforts to end 70-year division on Korean Peninsula.
Mission and Ministry
Babangida Ibrahim laminates a document at the Northern Nigeria Conference’s computer training center in Gombe, Nigeria. The center has a new solar energy system that is helping the conference and its students save money. Photo by Daniel Garba.

Solar power a game changer for Nigeria computer center

Northern Nigeria Conference decreases tuition fees and increases profits with the installation of solar energy project.
General Agencies
The Rev. Junius B. Dotson, top executive of Discipleship Ministries, lays out his agency’s plans to help United Methodists reach people for Jesus. He addressed his agency’s board in March 2017 in Nashville, Tenn. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS.

Discipleship Ministries restructures

The new organization will combine the work now housed under new church starts, leadership ministries and young people’s ministries into a single area.
General Conference
Wespath Benefits and Investments, the United Methodist pension agency, is working to prepare for whatever happens at the 2019 special General Conference. Photo by Nattanan Kanchanaprat, courtesy of Pixabay; adapted by United Methodist News Service.

Pension staff plans for possible ways forward

Accrued benefits are safe. But whatever happens in 2019, Wespath wants exiting churches to pay their fair share of pension liabilities.

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