109-year-old United Methodist lives life fully


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General Church
UM News honors notable United Methodists who died in 2021. Photo by S. Hermann & F. Richter, courtesy of Pixabay.

2021: Notable church members remembered

Noted evangelists, civil rights activists, bishops and the inventor of a beloved toy are among the United Methodists who passed away in the past 12 months.
General Church
Filipino Bishops Rodolfo A. Juan, Ciriaco Q. Francisco and Pedro M. Torio Jr. lead prayer during the 2019 Special Session of the United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis on Feb. 23. A year after extending its bishops’ terms, the Philippines Central Conference Coordinating Council is pushing for a special session to elect new bishops — with or without the General Conference in 2022. File photo by Kathleen Barry, UM News.

Filipino leaders push to elect new bishops

After extending their bishops’ terms a second time, United Methodist leaders are urging a special election to elect new bishops.
Bishops
During its Nov. 2-5 online meeting, the Council of Bishops approved “A Narrative for the Continuing United Methodist Church” outlining a vision for the church where all will have a home. Graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Bishops offer framework for inclusive church

As the denomination edges toward some form of separation, bishops offer a narrative to describe their hopes for the continuing United Methodist Church.