General Conference

Judicial Council
The coming General Conference is scheduled to meet April 23-May 3, 2024, in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Judicial Council, The United Methodist Church’s top court, faced questions about whether the coming legislative assembly should be regarded as the postponed 2020 session or the next regular session. Photo courtesy of charlottesgotalot.com.

Church court: No new elections needed for GC2024

The United Methodist Church’s Judicial Council concluded that the next gathering of General Conference scheduled for 2024 is to be designated the postponed 2020 session.
Judicial Council
The Book of Discipline contains the rules that guide The United Methodist Church. The Judicial Council — the denomination’s top court — faces multiple questions related to how to interpret Disciplinary provisions about General Conference. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Church court deals with General Conference delay

Three United Methodist annual conferences, including one in Africa, have asked the denomination’s highest court to rule on the ramifications of General Conference’s third postponement since the onset of COVID. The Judicial Council also faces more questions about church disaffiliations.
Faith Stories
Africa University Vice Chancellor Rukudzo J. Murapa leads celebrants in singing “Happy Birthday” to the school during its 10th anniversary observations in Mutare, Zimbabwe, in 2002. Murapa, Africa University's second vice chancellor, died Oct. 27. He was 82. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Former Africa University vice chancellor dies at 82

Rukudzo J. Murapa is being remembered for his vision, networking and leadership, including helping to establish the United Methodist university’s Institute of Peace, Leadership and Governance.
Faith Stories
Donald Reasoner (front), then coordinator of language interpretation services for The United Methodist Church’s Board of Global Ministries, is welcomed to the Icolo e Bengo United Methodist Church in Luanda, Angola, site of the 2006 West Angola Annual Conference. Reasoner, the son of missionary parents, has spent more than 30 years providing interpretation and translation for the denomination. To Reasoner’s right is Kathy L. Gilbert, a writer for UM News, now retired. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

A ministry of interpretation

The son of missionary parents, Donald Reasoner honed his communication skills by translating and interpreting for English-speaking visitors to Brazil.

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