Memphis Annual Conference

General Church
Bishop Ben R. Chamness was the rare bishop to serve in two U.S. jurisdictions. Photo courtesy of the Council of Bishops.

Bishop Chamness, calm leader, dead at 78

The rare United Methodist bishop to serve in two U.S. jurisdictions, he also helped guide the denomination’s pension agency through some big decisions.
Social Concerns
Dr. Marie Claire Manafundu, head of the Mama Lynn Center and wife of East Congo Area Bishop Gabriel Yemba Unda, examines clothing at the Panzi Foundation in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo, where victims of rape are able to learn a trade such as sewing to help support themselves. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UMNS.

Church seeks partnership for rape survivors' center

As Mama Lynn Center nears completion in Congo, United Methodists look to Panzi Foundation for possible partnership on training, other services.

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