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Delegates consider legislation during the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Court voids 2016 rule for bishops outside U.S.

Among decisions by United Methodist Judicial Council during a February session is voiding an action by General Conference 2016.
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The Rev. Sergei Nikolaev (l), president of Moscow Theological Seminary of The United Methodist Church, enjoyed a close friendship with the Rev. Bruce Weaver (r), and this photo shows a visit they had in the Dallas area two years ago. Weaver was the first leader of the Russia Initiative, which began with United Methodist relief work in Russia, and expanded to support for pastors and churches. Photo courtesy Sergei Nikolaev.

Texas pastor helped revive Methodism in Russia

The Rev. Bruce Weaver, who led The United Methodist Church’s Russia Initiative, has died at age 97.
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Bishop William B. Oden grew up on an Oklahoma farm, and would eventually travel the world as a representative for The United Methodist Church, advocating for ecumenical and interfaith cooperation. Photo courtesy of the Council of Bishops.

Bishop Oden, ecumenical leader, dies at 83

He led two annual conferences, served as Council of Bishops president and helped strengthen United Methodist ties with the Episcopal Church.
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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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