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An ecumenical group that includes United Methodists, Roman Catholics, Muslims and other revival churches gather in Lodja, Congo, for a prayer gathering for a peaceful election process in the Sankuru Province. In the black pastoral dress is the Rev. Robert Shuyaka, a United Methodist pastor. Photo by Francois Omanyondo, UM News.

Bishop plays peacekeeping role in Central Congo

Amid growing insecurity, the bishop organized a reception for government authorities to look for ways to work together to bring peace to the region.
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Bishop John K. Yambasu of Sierra Leone addresses a meeting of the Africa College of Bishops in Mutare, Zimbabwe. The bishops said the church would continue in Africa after General Conference 2020. Photo by Tim Tanton, UM News.

African bishops oppose separation plans

In a statement at the close of the Africa College of Bishops retreat, the bishops said the church would continue in Africa after GC2020.
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Bishop Kenneth W. Hicks, who led conferences in Arkansas and Kansas, is remembered for his good humor and passion for peace. Photo courtesy of the Council of Bishops.

Bishop Hicks, striver for peace, dies at 96

The bishop, who led conferences in Arkansas and Kansas, was known for his kindness and wry humor.
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Leaders of the Reform and Renewal Coalition, a group of unofficial traditionalist advocacy groups, pose with bishops from Africa and Europe, after a closed-door meeting in which the leaders and central conference bishops discussed the denomination’s situation and possible future. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS.

Traditionalists, bishops talk church future

Leaders of traditionalist advocacy groups held a listening session with bishops from Africa, Europe and the Philippines. Church separation was on the table.

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