Bishop Colaw remembered as caring leader


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Faith Stories
Despite being denied an education as a girl, Greater Taremeredzwa Nhiwatiwa (second from left) went on to become a nurse and church leader in her role as an African bishop’s spouse. Nhiwatiwa, who is president of the Zimbabwe Episcopal Area Rukwadzano RweWadzimai (RRW) women's organization, shares her life story in a new book, “Reflections on My Life and Faith Journey as an African Bishop’s Spouse.” Pictured with Nhiwatiwa at the Zimbabwe West Annual Conference main office are Anesu Mironga, Zimbabwe East Annual Conference secretary (left), Tendai Rebecca Gurupira, RRW vice president (third from left), and Ethel Tsingano, RRW secretary. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UM News.

Greater Nhiwatiwa shares faith journey in new book

Despite being denied an education as a girl, she went on to become a nurse and leader in The United Methodist Church in Zimbabwe in her role as an African bishop’s spouse.
Judicial Council
The Holston Conference’s Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor embraces the Rev. David Graves following his election as United Methodist bishop at the 2016 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference. Taylor is among the 11 U.S. bishops who retired last year, and Graves is among the bishops now taking on extra work because of the retirements. The Judicial Council issued a decision May 20, addressing the question of whether jurisdictional conference can meet to elect new bishops. File photo by Annette Spence, Holston Conference.

Ruling opens door for bishop elections in 2022

The United Methodist Church’s top court ruled that the Council of Bishops has the authority to call jurisdictional conferences to elect and assign new U.S. episcopal leaders but not to change the date when those new bishops take office.
Bishops
Louisiana Conference Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey, at right, passes the gavel to her successor as Council of Bishops president, New York Conference Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton. The Council of Bishops concluded its spring meeting April 29 with the passing and gavel. The bishops acknowledged the planned launch of a breakaway denomination on May 1 while also discussing how United Methodist ministry continues. Screengrab courtesy of the Council of Bishops via Zoom by UM News.

United Methodists urged to relaunch their church

While acknowledging the start of a breakaway denomination, new Council of Bishops President Thomas Bickerton shared his hopes for a revived United Methodist Church. Among those leaving for the new denomination is a fellow bishop.