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The Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell leads a Bible study at Windsor Village United Methodist Church in Houston in 2011. Caldwell pleaded guilty in federal court on March 11, 2020, to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. He has surrendered his clergy credentials but as he awaits sentencing remains on staff at Windsor Village and will preach there occasionally as a lay preacher. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Caldwell still on staff, preaching after guilty plea

Former Houston megachurch pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell awaits sentencing but remains a lay preacher and staff member at Windsor Village United Methodist.
Local Church
The Rev. Joseph E. Lowery (center) celebrates his 90th birthday with a song from entertainer Stevie Wonder (right) at the Atlanta Symphony Hall in October 2011. Beside Lowery is his wife Evelyn, who died in 2013. Joseph Lowery died March 27. He was 98. File photo by Kathleen Barry, UM News.

Rev. Joseph Lowery, civil rights leader, dead at 98

The Rev. Joseph Lowery, a United Methodist pastor who walked with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., died at his home in Atlanta on March 27.
Mission and Ministry
Art from the book “By and By: Charles Albert Tindley, The Father of Gospel Music,” written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Bryan Collier. The story page includes the text, “I still heard spirituals of long ago, Remembered how they moved me so. Hardships woven into hymns I wrote — Every lyric, every note.” Image courtesy of Simon & Shuster.

Spotlighting black heroes in children’s books

A new children’s book tells the story of Methodist minister Charles A. Tindley, who worked his way up from childhood poverty to become a respected clergyman and hymn songwriter.
Local Church
Tiffany Nagel Monroe (left) receives the stole of an elder from the Rev. Linda Harker during a service of ordination June 1, 2016, at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, in Oklahoma City. A report by the Ministry Study Commission about the future of the ordination ministry was presented during the pre-General Conference 2020 briefing held Jan. 23-24 in Nashville. File photo by Hugh W. Scott, Oklahoma Conference.

‘Sacred Trust’ report touts local church leadership

United Methodism should consider returning to its roots by relying more on lay people and ordained local ministers, deacons and elders, according to a church report.

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