Local Church
The Rev. Paige Swaim-Presley (center) imposes ashes on the forehead of a student at Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss., during Ash Wednesday services in 2018. A grant from the Lilly Endowment to the United Methodist-related college will help women clergy in the South with mentoring and networking. File photo courtesy of Millsaps College.

Lilly grants help with clergy mentoring, networking

Nearly $70 million in grants support programs aimed at helping pastors thrive — including five grants to United Methodist organizations.
Judicial Council
Bishop Kenneth H. Carter Jr. addresses the United Methodist Judicial Council meeting in Zurich. Carter is president of the denomination's Council of Bishops. Photo by Diane Degnan, UMCom.

Court asked to rule on validity of plans

During an oral hearing, the United Methodist Judicial Council is asked to determine the constitutionality of three legislative plans aimed at determining the church’s future.
Local Church
The Rev. Eugene Peterson lectures at University Presbyterian Church in Seattle. The scholar and pastor’s influence extends far beyond his home denomination. 2009 file photo by Clappstar, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Eugene Peterson, Bible popularizer, dies

United Methodists remember the scholar and pastor whose paraphrase The Message, helped millions look at the Bible anew.
Church Leadership
The Rev. Nicole Anderson is congratulated after being commissioned as a Dakotas Conference provisional elder. Anderson, 28, now serves as pastor of First United Methodist Church in Vermillion, South Dakota. The latest Lewis Center for Church Leadership study on clergy age trends in the denomination shows a three-year decline in young women elders. Photo courtesy of the Dakotas Conference.

Young clergy still in short supply

Clergy age trends study shows three-year drop in number of United Methodist women elders under age 35.

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