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A United Methodist deaf choir signs the words of a hymn during worship in the Baguio Area in northern Philippines. Across the country, an assessment team saw evidence of church vitality. Photo courtesy of the Standing Committee on Central Conference Matters.

Creative spirit lifts Philippines’ churches

A United Methodist team looked at whether the Philippines should have more bishops. The group’s report highlighted church strengths and needs.
Mission and Ministry
Bishop LaTrelle Easterling leads a report on the 2019 General Conference during the Black Methodists for Church Renewal meeting in Atlanta. Easterling raised a concern about LGBTQ African Americans in the church, calling them “the marginalized of the marginalized.” Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Bishops discuss GC2019 outcomes with black caucus

African American bishops and members of the church’s black caucus consider the actions of General Conference 2019.
Bishops
Bishop Gregory V. Palmer of the West Ohio Conference’s addresses the Standing Committee on Central Conference Matters during its meeting in Manila. He chaired the committee’s Africa Comprehensive Plan subcommittee. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS.

Group advises where to add 5 new African bishops

A church leadership body is submitting a plan that would add a central conference to Africa and increase the number of bishops from 13 to 18.