Sexuality

General Church
The Rev. Beverly L. Wilkes-Null.  Photo courtesy of Highland Hope United Methodist Church.

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Bishops
Bishops Cedrick D. Bridgeforth (left), Carlo A. Rapanut and Dottie Escobedo-Frank are consecrated during a service held Nov. 5 at Christ United Methodist Church in Salt Lake City. The Rev. W. Timothy McClendon has filed a complaint against all of the Western Jurisdiction’s bishops for the consecration of Bridgeforth, who is the denomination’s first openly gay man to be elected a bishop. Photo by Miya Kim for the Western Jurisdictional Conference.

Complaint filed against gay bishop's consecration

In a highly unusual move, the complaint against Western Jurisdiction bishops is online and garnering signatures from around the globe. The complaint comes after each of the five U.S. jurisdictions passed a resolution urging The United Methodist Church to affirm LGBTQ people.
Local Church
East Africa Area Bishop Daniel Wandabula dedicates the new building of First United Methodist Church Moheto in the Nyanza District of Kenya on July 31. The bishop joined congregants, church leaders and U.S. representatives from Reconciling Ministries Network in celebrating the church’s ministry. In 2019, the church unanimously voted to identify as reconciling — making it the first African congregation to do so. Photo by Gad Maiga, UM News.

Bishop dedicates reconciling church in Kenya

East Africa Area Bishop Daniel Wandabula joined hundreds of congregants in celebrating the new sanctuary for First United Methodist Church Moheto.
Global Health
Faith leaders from around the world discuss HIV issues facing young people at the 24th International AIDS Conference, July 29-Aug. 2 in Montreal. Pictured are (from left) Sr. Crina Cardozo, Human Touch, Goa; The Rev. Canon Gideon Byamugisha, Anglican priest in Uganda; Gibstar Makangila, executive director, Circle of Hope, Zambia; Dr. Susan Hillis, senior technical advisor, Faith and Communities Initiatives, Office of the Global AIDS Ambassador and Health Diplomacy; Gareth Jones, Youth Programme consultant, UNAIDS; Suki Beavers, director, Equality and Rights for All, UNAIDS; and an unidentified man. Photo by Don Messer.

Faith leaders hear of ‘lost ground’ on HIV

24th International AIDS Conference underscores the negative effect COVID-19 and monkeypox are having on efforts to curtail HIV.

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