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Social Concerns
The Rev. James T. Laney, recipient of the 2019 World Methodist Peace Award, speaks during the Roundtable for Peace on the Korean Peninsula in Atlanta in this 2018 file photo.  Laney is former U.S. Ambassador to South Korea and former dean of the Candler School of Theology. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Peace as a lifelong vocation

The two most recent recipients of the World Methodist Peace Award have very different backgrounds but share a commitment to peacemaking.
Evangelism
Laurence Fishburne stars as Warden Daniel Calvin in the film “Imprisoned,” about a clash between the warden and an ex-con who is tied to a tragedy in Calvin’s past. Photo courtesy of Equitas Entertainment Partners.

Edgier movies for mainstream Christians

The Rev. Kenny Dickson wants to promote films with biblical themes to moderate and progressive Christians, even if those films are too violent or sexual for evangelicals.
Local Church
The Revs. Maggie Proshek (left), Ricky Harrison (center) and Taylor Smith are young clergy in the North Texas Conference. All three were ordained at annual conference this summer, Proshek as deacon and Harrison and Smith as elders. The North Texas Conference has become one of the top U.S conferences in percentage of elders 35 and under, a new report shows. Nationally, the number of young elders has declined for three straight years. Photo by Hillsman S. Jackson, North Texas Conference.

Number of elders under 35 dropping

New report on United Methodist clergy age trends in U.S. shows three years of decline for elders in this demographic.