Dakotas Annual Conference

Mission and Ministry
The Revs. Terra Amundson (left) and Catie Newman of the Iowa Conference discuss church response to flooding in the Missouri River basin in Hornick, Iowa. Amundson is superintendent of the Southwest District and Newman is disaster response coordinator for the conference. Photo by Arthur McClanahan, Iowa Conference.

Flood victims savor 'God moments'

Disaster response teams are making progress with flood relief in the northern central U.S., but some areas may still get more water if snow melts too fast.
Local Church
The Rev. Paige Swaim-Presley (center) imposes ashes on the forehead of a student at Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss., during Ash Wednesday services in 2018. A grant from the Lilly Endowment to the United Methodist-related college will help women clergy in the South with mentoring and networking. File photo courtesy of Millsaps College.

Lilly grants help with clergy mentoring, networking

Nearly $70 million in grants support programs aimed at helping pastors thrive — including five grants to United Methodist organizations.
General Church
Bishop Ough announced a plan a General Conference 2016. Photo by Paul Jeffrey, United Methodist Communications.

Seeing a Way Forward: Bishop Ough

Dakotas-Minnesota Area Bishop Bruce Ough was president of the Council of Bishops during the 2016 General Conference that authorized the Commission on a Way Forward. He discusses the commission’s work and his hopes for the upcoming special 2019 General Conference.
General Church
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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