Central Conferences
The Rev. Lloyd T. Nyarota, newly elected general coordinator of the United Methodist Africa Forum, describes how regionalization would help achieve unity in The United Methodist Church. The forum held its first meeting April 21-22 in Johannesburg, South Africa, where it elected officers, including Nyarota, who is with the Zimbabwe East Conference. Photo by Eveline Chikwanah, UM News.

New caucus supports African bishops, regionalization

United Methodist Africa Forum holds inaugural meeting, elects leadership and addresses key issues.
East Ohio Conference Bishop Tracy Smith Malone, Council of Bishops president-designate, anoints new Arkansas Conference Bishop Laura Merrill at a worship service for welcoming new bishops. The class of 17 new bishops is part of what gives church leaders hope for navigating a way through church disaffiliations toward a brighter future for The United Methodist Church. Photo by the Rev. Todd Rossnagel, Louisiana Conference.

Amid rupture, bishops called to renew church

In his presidential address to the first in-person Council of Bishops meeting in three years, Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton urged his episcopal colleagues to take time to grieve disaffiliations but then work for renewal.
Judicial Council

Rulings address LGBTQ resolution, Congo special session

The Judicial Council released rulings April 25 stemming from last fall’s jurisdictional conferences, including one dealing with a resolution on LGBTQ inclusion adopted by all five jurisdictions.
Judicial Council
Members of the current Judicial Council. Back row (from left): The Rev. Øyvind Helliesen, the Rev. Luan-Vu Tran, N. Oswald Tweh Sr., W. Warren Plowden Jr., the Rev. Dennis Blackwell and Lidia Gulele. Front row (from left): Beth Capen, Deanell Reece Tacha and the Rev. J. Kabamba Kiboko. Photo by Heather Hahn, UM News.

Court rules on exiting clergy and churches

The United Methodist Church’s Judicial Council weighed in on whether withdrawing clergy must surrender their credentials and other questions related to church disaffiliations.

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