Eastern Congo Episcopal Area

Annual Conferences
Clockwise from top left: Bishop Samuel J. Quire Jr., 2018 Liberia Annual Conference, photo by E Julu Swen; worship team at 2015 California-Nevada Annual Conference, photo by Koua Vang; chalices and bread at 2015 Dakotas Annual Conference, photo courtesy of the conference; Bishop Rosemarie Wenner, 2015 Germany South Annual Conference, photo by Klaus Ulrich Ruof; attendees of 2017 Kentucky Annual Conference, photo by Kathleen Barry.

Church future focus of annual conferences

Ministry with LGBTQ people could be the No. 1 topic at United Methodist annual conferences, judging from resolutions filed about this issue.
Mission and Ministry
Bibiche Ohanga, right, learns to sew at the Mama Lynn Center, a United Methodist sanctuary for sexual violence survivors in Kindu, Congo. Ohanga received a scholarship from The United Methodist Church to attend the Higher Institute of Nursing Sciences in Kindu. Photo by Judith Osongo Yanga, UMNS.

Church provides scholarships for rape survivors

Through the Congo Women Arise partnership, East Congo Episcopal Area empowers young women and girls by helping them continue their education.
Social Concerns
Clergywomen receive leadership training from the Rev. Joseph Bituka during the Kivu Annual Conference in June. Photo by Judith Osongo Yanga, UMNS.

Helping trauma survivors heal in the Congo

Clergywomen learn strategies for leading, evangelizing and counseling faithful in conflict settings.
Central Conferences
Bishop Gabriel Yemba Unda (right), with wife Marie Claire Unda, speaks during the 2018 East Congo Annual Conference in Kindu. Bishop Unda launched an initiative to rebuild United Methodist buildings in the Eastern Congo Episcopal Area after civil wars there destroyed many churches and other structures. Photo by Chadrack Tambwe Londe, UMNS.

Faithful help rebuild Eastern Congo Episcopal Area

Bishop Gabriel Yemba Unda’s $1-per-member-per-month initiative focuses on the infrastructure of the church.

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