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Bishops
Bishop Sharma Lewis shares a moment with Bishop Lindsey Davis, her former bishop in the North Georgia Conference, during Lewis’ consecration in 2016 at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center at Lake Junaluska, N.C. The Council of Bishops concluded its 2022 summer meeting preparing for the election of new episcopal leaders this year. The new bishops will have the task of leading the denomination in a time of splintering unseen in their lifetimes. Photo by Burt Williams, Western North Carolina Conference.

Bishops plan for the election of new colleagues

The United Methodist Council of Bishops is preparing to welcome new episcopal leaders who will be coming aboard as the denomination faces challenges unseen in their lifetimes.
Worship
The Rev. Cynthia A. Wilson will lead the Junius B. Dotson Institute for Music and Worship in the Black Church and Beyond, a partnership between Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and Discipleship Ministries. Wilson, an accomplished Gospel music singer and church leader, worked with Dotson at Discipleship Ministries. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

‘It’s an experience’: Kickoff for Dotson institute

The Junius B. Dotson Institute for Music and Worship in the Black Church and Beyond kicks off with celebrations Aug. 18-20 in Atlanta. The Rev. Cynthia A. Wilson, a close colleague of Dotson’s before his death in 2021, explains her vision for the new venture.
Church Leadership
When the Rev. Vance Rains suggested suspending origami doves to syfrom First United Methodist Church's sanctuary ceiling, he wasn't sure what to expect. The congregation embraced the idea. Photo courtesy of the Florida Conference.

At church, paper doves send message of hope

A thousand origami doves are bringing comfort to the grieving and keeping the spirit of Pentecost going through the summer months at First United Methodist Church in Orlando, Fla.