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Young People
United Methodist youth march in the streets of Luanda, Angola, in celebration of the church youth group’s 67th anniversary. Photo by Augusto da Graça, UM News.

Young people march for change in Angola

United Methodist youth group celebrates 67th anniversary with series of events focused on social justice issues.
Social Concerns
The Rev. Anna Blaedel (at microphone) speaks during the Iowa Annual Conference in June 2016. Blaedel is facing a church trial after being charged under the ban against ordination of a “self-avowed practicing homosexual.” File photo by Arthur McClanahan, Iowa Conference.

Iowa clergyperson to face trial

The Rev. Anna Blaedel is charged with violating The United Methodist Book of Discipline as a “self-avowed practicing homosexual.”
Mission and Ministry
Children at the Nyadire Mission’s Home of Hope orphanage in Mutoko, Zimbabwe, pose with new bikes provided by Dutilh United Methodist Church in Pittsburgh. Photo by Mary Beth Zollars.

Pittsburgh preschoolers help orphans in Zimbabwe

Bicycle donation is just latest good news for kids at Home of Hope, who have spacious new quarters thanks to support from Finnish government and Nyadire Connection.
Local Church
The Rev. F. Thomas Trotter, former head of the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry, died July 26 at the age of 93. Undated file photograph courtesy of Claremont School of Theology.

Trotter, education champion, dies at 93

The Rev. F. Thomas Trotter, a champion of higher education for all, laid the foundation for the first United Methodist university on the continent of Africa.

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