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From left, Bishops Mande Muyombo, Daniel Lunge, Kasap Owan and Gabriel Yemba Unda attend the opening church service at a special meeting of the Congo Central Conference Dec. 11 in Kolwezi, Congo. Photo by Pierre T. Omadjela.

Congo Central Conference votes to elect bishops for life

Special gathering of Congo Central Conference changes election of bishops so that first election will mean lifetime service.
Social Concerns
Immigrants who have just been released from a U.S. Border Patrol detention facility wait at the bus station in McAllen, Texas, in this photo from Aug. 1. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Bishops: Don't villainize migrants

In a statement, United Methodist bishops as well as Methodist colleagues in Mexico and El Salvador called on their churches and governments to do more to welcome the caravans of people seeking refuge.
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.