Leadership

Human Rights
Teacher Thembakazi Bojana works with students at the Nomaxabiso Centre for Children in the Philippi East neighborhood of Cape Town, South Africa. The center, which receives support from The United Methodist Church, serves children with special educational needs. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

‘Mother of the disabled’ provides safe place for kids

Special-needs childcare center operates in a crime-ridden neighborhood in Cape Town, South Africa. A United Methodist pastor offers support for the school, which holds a special place in her heart.
Worship
The Rev. Cynthia A. Wilson will lead the Junius B. Dotson Institute for Music and Worship in the Black Church and Beyond, a partnership between Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and Discipleship Ministries. Wilson, an accomplished Gospel music singer and church leader, worked with Dotson at Discipleship Ministries. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

‘It’s an experience’: Kickoff for Dotson institute

The Junius B. Dotson Institute for Music and Worship in the Black Church and Beyond kicks off with celebrations Aug. 18-20 in Atlanta. The Rev. Cynthia A. Wilson, a close colleague of Dotson’s before his death in 2021, explains her vision for the new venture.
Young People
Members of the young adult group of First Korean United Methodist Church in Wheeling, Ill., gather together after a worship service on June 13. Photo by the Rev. Thomas Kim, UM News.

Laity leadership revitalizes church’s young adult ministry

Instead of relying on a pastor to oversee its young adult ministry, First Korean United Methodist Church in Wheeling, Illinois, entrusted it to a devoted and committed volunteer layperson with a calling and vision.
Faith Stories
Tom Locke is wrapping up nearly 30 years as top leader of the Texas Methodist Foundation. He and wife Cindy (left) plan to divide their time between Georgetown, Texas, where they have lived as he has led Austin-based TMF, and a home they’ve built near Honey Grove, Texas. Photo by Sam Hodges, UM News.

Influencing from the edge

Tom Locke is retiring after nearly 30 years of leading the Texas Methodist Foundation, which under him has grown hugely in assets and become a catalyst for innovative church leadership.

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