“The largest, most common question is, ‘Will they be putting (out) all three options or will they be putting the One Church model in front of the General Conference explicitly and almost exclusively?’”
— Mathew Pinson, chair of the North Georgia Conference delegation to General Conference.
NEWS AND FEATURES
Bishops’ action leads to questions
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Some bishops expect three plans will be submitted as legislation to the special General Conference. Other bishops emphasize only the One Church Plan has their recommendation. General Conference delegates report confusion. Sam Hodges and Heather Hahn have the story.
United Methodists among dead in Congo flooding
UVIRA, Congo (UMNS) — Nine people have died and thousands of homes and buildings have been destroyed, including five United Methodist schools and two local churches, after heavy rains and flooding in the Uvira District of Kivu. Philippe Kituka Lolonga reports.
Church’s 1968 union impacted global mission work
ATLANTA — As The United Methodist Church celebrates its 50th anniversary, the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries is reflecting on the impact the church union had on its mission work. David Scott, director of mission theology at Global Ministries, reports.
South Georgia Conference
Sweat equity earns bikes for kids
MACON, Ga. — A member of Vineville United Methodist Church is helping boys and girls earn bikes by putting 10 hours of sweat equity into the Learn and Earn bicycle program. The youth training and mentoring program is a partnership between Nathan Watson and the after-school program Campus Clubs. Kara Witherow has the story.
World Council of Churches
WCC prepares for Pope Francis visit
GENEVA — The leadership of the World Council of Churches met May 11 to prepare for a visit from Pope Francis on June 12. The pope’s visit will be a centerpiece of the ecumenical commemoration of the WCC’s 70th anniversary.
Wesley Theological Seminary
Seminary honors mentor to pastors
WASHINGTON — United Methodist Wesley Theological Seminary honored the Rev. Karen Frances Bunnell with its Society of John Wesley Award. The senior pastor of Elkton United Methodist Church in Elkton, Maryland, she is also the first woman to chair the Peninsula-Delaware Conference Board of Ordained Ministry. In that role, she has mentored many candidates for ministry.
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