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Former United Methodist Bishop James E. Dorff is welcomed in Kamina, Congo, as part of a delegation that traveled from the U.S. in observance of World Malaria Day in 2010. Dorff died June 7. He was 73. File photo by Lynne Dobson.

Former bishop known for 'reconciling spirit'

United Methodists remember James E. Dorff for his role in the formation of what is now the Rio Texas Conference, his leadership in a variety of ministries and ability to bring people together. He died June 7.
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Gilbert C. Hanke reflects on nearly 12 years as the chief executive of United Methodist Men from his office at the agency in Nashville, Tenn. He will retire after a new leader is selected. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Hanke looks back at UM Men tenure

As he prepares for retirement, the longtime United Methodist Men leader reflects on his accomplishments, including helping thousands of men take part in weekly virtual class meetings.
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The Rev. Dr. William B. Lawrence. Photo by Todd W. Lawrence.

Asking United Methodist questions

Discussions over a split in the denomination raise complicated questions related to United Methodist polity.
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Photo courtesy of the Council of Bishops.

Bishop Arichea, Bible scholar, dies at 87

United Methodists remember the bishop for his far-reaching scholarship on the New Testament and his advocacy for LGBTQ inclusion.

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