NEWS AND FEATURES
Former bishop known for ‘reconciling spirit’
DALLAS (UM News) — Former Bishop James E. Dorff, who led the formation of what is now the Rio Texas Conference, died June 7 of pancreatic cancer. United Methodists remember Dorff for his ability to bring people together. Heather Hahn reports.
Displaced families get help from UMCOR
ATLANTA — The United Methodist Committee on Relief is striving to get food to people who have been displaced by the civil war in Yemen. More than 80% of the population there is in need of assistance, and 2.3 million children are in danger of acute malnutrition. Christie R. House has the story.
The Roanoke Times
Ex-church employee sentenced for embezzlement
ROANOKE, Va. — Citing what he called “likely the worst larceny embezzlement” he had seen in 13 years on the bench, a Roanoke Circuit Court judge sentenced a former church secretary to serve four years in prison. Amy Mauck Krohmer had previously pleaded no contest to a single count of embezzling from Roanoke’s West End United Methodist Church. She also will have to pay $195,186.43 in restitution, the sum she was convicted of taking. Neil Harvey reports.
New 2021 annual conference reports posted
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UM News) — United Methodist News is posting 2021 annual conference reports. New this week are the Alabama-West Florida, Eastern Pennsylvania and North Alabama conferences.
West African Writers
Liberia university names first female president
MONROVIA, Liberia — The Rev. Yar Donlah Gonway-Gono has been named the fifth president of the United Methodist University of Liberia. She is the first woman to lead the institution, replacing Albert B. Coleman, who retired in March.
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Church must tackle its real estate crisis
ROCKVILLE, Md. (UM News) — The United Methodist Church has significant property holdings, but lack of a strategy for handling them poses a financial threat to the denomination, writes Rick Reinhard, who has worked in management positions involving a number of United Methodist properties.
United Methodist Men
Newest issue of UM Men looks at combatting racism
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Summer 2021 issue of UM Men Magazine details ways the Commission on United Methodist Men is working toward racial equality and features several resources for local churches to do the same.
UM News: Hanke looks back at UM Men tenure
Church takes on xenophobia in South Africa
Looking to neighbors to fix neighborhoods
Tuesday, June 22-Thursday, June 24
Minnesota Annual Conference
Wednesday, June 23-Friday, June 25
Mississippi Annual Conference
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