Church Leadership

Bishop LaTrelle Easterling, at left, and Bonnie Marden, chair of the Northeastern Jurisdiction episcopacy committee, offer an overview of recommendations for how many bishops the jurisdiction should elect. The jurisdiction's bishops recommended no elections and the episcopacy committee recommended one. Ultimately, the delegates voted to elect two when the jurisdictional conference meets Nov. 2-5. Screengrab courtesy of the Greater New Jersey Conference via YouTube by UM News.

Jurisdictions advised to elect 14 US bishops

Faced with denominational uncertainties, jurisdictional leaders are recommending United Methodists elect fewer U.S. bishops than there will be vacancies. But after a special session of the Northeastern Jurisdiction, all five U.S. jurisdictions expect to hold episcopal elections in November.
Social Concerns
Students in the Government Vocational Training Center in Gombe, Nigeria, attend a Triumph Over Trauma training led by Doris Adamu Jenis. Jenis, a former women’s group leader in the Northern Nigeria Conference, received training in early 2022 from Harper Hill Global, which was founded by United Methodist deacon the Rev. Neelley Hicks. Photo courtesy of Doris Adamu Jenis.

Program helps trauma survivors heal

Triumph Over Trauma, a seven-week psychoeducational program for people going through trauma, is the outcome of work a United Methodist deacon was doing for survivors of sexual violence in eastern Congo.
Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Bishop Spain, tireless counselor, dies at 96

Bishop Bob Spain, who served as the United Methodist Publishing House’s chaplain well into his 90s, is being remembered for his faithful and energetic ministry.
Church Leadership
The Rev. Dr. Tori Butler. Photo by Dominque J. Allan, Create It Photography, LLC.

Hollering for safety

Pastors are often so concerned about caring for others that they neglect their own safety, but they must learn to cry out when they need help.

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