Bishop Middleton named interim leader in New York

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Bishop Kenneth W. Hicks, who led conferences in Arkansas and Kansas, is remembered for his good humor and passion for peace. Photo courtesy of the Council of Bishops.

Bishop Hicks, striver for peace, dies at 96

The bishop, who led conferences in Arkansas and Kansas, was known for his kindness and wry humor.
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Leaders of the Reform and Renewal Coalition, a group of unofficial traditionalist advocacy groups, pose with bishops from Africa and Europe, after a closed-door meeting in which the leaders and central conference bishops discussed the denomination’s situation and possible future. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS.

Traditionalists, bishops talk church future

Leaders of traditionalist advocacy groups held a listening session with bishops from Africa, Europe and the Philippines. Church separation was on the table.
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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.