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Commission on a Way Forward issues status report

July 27, 2017

The Commission on a Way Forward has released a status report to the Council of Bishops and the entire United Methodist Church (UMC), updating the church and the leaders on the faithful work of the Commission after four meetings.

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A postcard home from Zimbabwe: Pastors’ School session closes

July 22, 2017

Bishop LaTrelle Easterling is one of the best preachers in The United Methodist Church. When she ascends to a pulpit, she becomes a mixture of ancient story-telling griot, wisdom bearer, word acrobat, fire-breathing dragon, exegetical scholar...

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A postcard home from Zimbabwe: Fairfield Children’s Home

July 20, 2017

“You cannot sleep when you know the children are on the floor,” said Cecillia Thobani, director of the Fairfield Orphanage.

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A postcard home from Zimbabwe: Ubuntu

July 19, 2017

I have a bad cold. There’s an illness is sweeping through the BWC delegation, so I’ve taken to bed in the Ubuntu Retreat Center. Ubuntu, I’m told, means “the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity.” It’s a good place to...

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Zimbabwe gets its first female UMC bishop

July 19, 2017

The Zimbabwe Episcopal Area of The United Methodist Church has its first female bishop, albeit for only one week.

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A postcard home from Zimbabwe: Africa University

July 17, 2017

“Africa University is your school,” said Vice Chancellor Munashe Furusa, the president of the United Methodist pan-African school, as he addressed members of the Baltimore-Washington Conference.

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