North Central Jurisdiction

Bishops
The Virginia Conference’s Bishop Sharma D. Lewis (upper right corner) leads the devotional during the April 30 session of the United Methodist Council of Bishops spring meeting. The bishops maintained that no elections of bishops or agency board members would be held this year, despite some delegates urging otherwise. Screengrab courtesy of the Council of Bishops via ZOOM by UM News.

Bishops: No episcopal elections until 2022

United Methodist bishops declined General Conference delegates’ calls for episcopal elections this year but opened the door to a vote on new leaders in 2022.
Racism
A person reacts outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis after the guilty verdict handed down April 20 in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd. While expressing the sense that the verdict was just, United Methodist leaders urged continuing work toward dismantling widespread racism and systemic injustice against people of color. Photo by Carlos Barria, Reuters.

United Methodists react to Chauvin verdict

Church leaders praised the justice of the verdict against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd, but cautioned that much work lies ahead to overcome systemic racism.
Evangelism
Clergywomen gather in fellowship outside the Kwang Lim Chapel at Africa University in Mutare, Zimbabwe, during the July 10-14, 2018, African United Methodist Clergywomen Leadership Development Conference. File photo by Eveline Chikwanah, UM News.

Clergywomen in US, Africa forge bonds

Black clergywomen in the U.S. and their counterparts in Africa are building relationships. A gathering is planned at Africa University in 2022.
General Church
The Rev. Judy Zabel speaks during the 2016 General Conference in Portland, Oregon. She again chairs the Minnesota Conference delegation as it prepares for the special called session of General Conference, set for Feb. 23-26 in St. Louis. File photo by Maile Bradfield, UMNS.

Delegation chairs look toward General Conference

As crucial meeting looms, 'team captains' of conference delegations are well aware of church's hopes, fears.

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