"Because of this partnership, we have focused more on loving God and loving our neighbors, and less on the things that keep us divided. We recognize the power of God when we put aside everything else." — The Rev. Lore Blinn Gibson, Northwest (Indiana) District superintendent, on a partnership with the Makoni Buhera District of the Zimbabwe East Conference.
NEWS AND FEATURES
Sisters in ministry nurture one another
RUSAPE, Zimbabwe (UM News) — They may be more than 8,000 miles apart, but two district superintendents — in Indiana and Zimbabwe — have formed a genuine friendship, and United Methodists are benefiting. Kudzai Chingwe has the story.
United Methodist Women
Retreat reaches out to young women
NEW YORK — As part of United Methodist Women's strategic plan for growth, the organization surveyed more than 24,000 women over the age of 18 in United Methodist Women, The United Methodist Church and beyond, to get their say on everything from how they prefer to meet, how they prefer to give, what's most important to them, and what they're seeking. One need rose to the top across demographic differences: the need for soul care. The research led to the first Soul Care virtual retreat, designed to recruit young women to join UMW. Yvette Moore reports.
Triathlete takes sixth in Olympics
TOKYO — Less than a week before he'll celebrate his 29th birthday, Kevin McDowell has a lot to celebrate. The cancer survivor placed sixth in the triathlon, the highest ranking of any U.S. man in the Olympic event's history. In high school, McDowell began attending Flowing Forth United Methodist Church in Aurora, Illinois, and he still visits the church when in town. Lisa Costantini has the story.
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The Dallas Morning News
Boy's 1973 murder still reverberates
DALLAS — The murder of 12-year-old Santos Rodriguez in 1973, by a Dallas police officer, galvanized the local Hispanic population to greater political engagement. The boy's slaying continues to be observed annually and a recent graveside service featured a formal apology by the Dallas police chief and remarks by the Rev. Isabel Gomez, a United Methodist. "We will not forget Santos," Gomez said. Dianne Solis reports.
Council of Bishops
David Field named ecumenical staff officer
WASHINGTON — The Council of Bishops has hired David N. Field as the new ecumenical staff officer for faith and order and theological dialogue. Field, a member of the Central and Southern Europe Central Conference, will support United Methodist dialogues and full-communion work with other denominations, especially relationships with the Episcopal Church, Catholic Church, Moravian Church and Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
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Festival of Wisdom and Grace coming soon
LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. — The Festival of Wisdom and Grace, a conference for finding purpose and renewal in the second half of life, is set for Aug. 2-5. The conference will focus on how people navigate transitions, live into their talents and cultivate their relationship with Christ.
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Thursday, Aug. 19
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