United Methodist Women Making History

In 1987, the U.S. Congress designated the month of March as Women's History Month. United Methodist News Service invited a number of women, both lay and clergy, in The United Methodist Church to share their stories.

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Church Leadership
The Rev. Charles Yrigoyen Jr. speaks during a meeting of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Historical Society in 1983. Yrigoyen, who served as top staff executive of the United Methodist Commission on Archives and History, died May 9. He was 84. Photo courtesy of Archives and History.

Charles Yrigoyen remembered as pastor and scholar

The Rev. Charles Yrigoyen Jr., a leading United Methodist historian, oversaw the denomination’s Commission on Archives and History for nearly 24 years. He died at age 84.
Faith Stories
Tom Locke is wrapping up nearly 30 years as top leader of the Texas Methodist Foundation. He and wife Cindy (left) plan to divide their time between Georgetown, Texas, where they have lived as he has led Austin-based TMF, and a home they’ve built near Honey Grove, Texas. Photo by Sam Hodges, UM News.

Influencing from the edge

Tom Locke is retiring after nearly 30 years of leading the Texas Methodist Foundation, which under him has grown hugely in assets and become a catalyst for innovative church leadership.
Bishops
Clockwise from left, retired Bishop Forrest C. Stith, Bishop LaTrelle Easterling, retired Bishop Elías Galván, Ashley Boggan Dreff and Erin Hawkins join in conversation about the historical context of The United Methodist Church's anti-racism work. Dreff pointed out that multiple previous divides in Methodism cited race as a main cause. Screengrab courtesy of the Council of Bishops via Zoom by UM News.

Bishops urged to work for 'big-tent' church

In her final address as Council of Bishops president, Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey urged as much unity as possible even as a new denomination plans to launch. The bishops also heard about the history of previous denominational separations.