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Bishop John Yambasu (right) is congratulated by Ebun James Dekam (center) and the Rev. Bob Williams after Yambasu was elected president of the Council of Churches in Sierra Leone for a second term during the council’s conference in Kabala, Sierra Leone. Dekam is general secretary of the council and Williams is a United Methodist pastor. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

Bishop re-elected as head of Sierra Leone Council of Churches

Ecumenical group remains committed to advocacy, addressing social ills in the country, Yambasu said.
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 Bishop Arnold C. Temple speaks during the African College of Bishops meeting Sept. 4-7, 2018, in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Temple is president of the All Africa Conference of Churches. Photo by Danny Mai, United Methodist Communications.

African bishops hear call to cross divides, unite Methodists

Church must be a reconciler in Africa, ecumenical leader says.
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North Katanga Area Bishop Mande Muyombo speaks about the benefits of a United Methodist Communications project in his episcopal area. Muyombo spoke during at presentation Sept. 4 at an Africa College of Bishops’ retreat Freetown, Sierra Leone. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

African bishops reaffirm stance on marriage, vow to maintain unity

African bishops have reaffirmed their traditionalist view of marriage and their commitment to the unity of The United Methodist Church.
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The Rev. Donald Messer, right, retired head of Iliff School of Theology, and his mentor, former United Methodist Bishop James Armstrong, visit in 2012. Messer and others credit Armstrong, who died July 17 at the age of 93, with nurturing young leaders in the denomination. File photo courtesy of Donald Messer.

Remembering a former bishop, social activist

Three United Methodists mentored by James Armstrong credit him with identifying and nurturing church leaders.

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