Central Conferences

General Agencies
Mpho Raadt (left), digital marketing and sales officer at Africa Upper Room Ministries, talks through an outline for creating a meditation during a writers’ workshop held June 21-22 at Four Points Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. United Methodists were among interfaith leaders who received instruction in writing daily devotions during the two-day training and listening pilgrimage. Photo by Gad Maiga, UM News.

African churchgoers train to write devotionals

Training by Africa Upper Room Ministries is part workshop, part listening pilgrimage to expand resources and encourage disciple making across the continent.
General Agencies
Leaders of Wespath, the denomination’s pension agency, met with central conference representatives in Königswinter, Germany. Photo by Klaus U. Ruof, The United Methodist Church in Germany.

Wespath talks pensions at Germany meeting

Officials of the United Methodist Church’s pension and health benefits agency met with central conference representatives to discuss pension plan sustainability in a challenging period for the denomination.
Disaster Relief
UM News is the official news gathering agency of the 13-million member United Methodist Church. Map courtesy of Pixabay; graphic by UM News.

Alert: Bishop calls for prayers as volcano erupts in DRC

More than 5,000 United Methodists are fleeing Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, in the wake of a volcano. Bishop Gabriel Unda asks for prayers.
General Church
The three European central conferences of The United Methodist Church covering 32 countries and 10 time zones are making plans for a proposed denomination-wide split. Four bishops (clockwise from top left), Edward Khegay, Christian Alsted, Harald Rückert and Patrick Streiff, have drafted next steps should a separation plan win General Conference approval. Image courtesy of the bishops.

Europeans make plans for separation

Under a proposed separation plan, some European churchgoers expect to remain with The United Methodist Church while others join a new traditionalist denomination.

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