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A United Methodist deaf choir signs the words of a hymn during worship in the Baguio Area in northern Philippines. Across the country, an assessment team saw evidence of church vitality. Photo courtesy of the Standing Committee on Central Conference Matters.

Creative spirit lifts Philippines’ churches

A United Methodist team looked at whether the Philippines should have more bishops. The group’s report highlighted church strengths and needs.
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Manila Area Bishop Ciriaco Q. Francisco (left) presides at a meeting of the Standing Committee on Central Conference Matters in Manila, Philippines. At right is the Rev. Deanna Stickley-Miner, the committee’s secretary. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS.

Feedback sought on global Discipline effort

After the tumultuous GC2019, United Methodist leaders have delayed asking General Conference to vote on what is adaptable in the Book of Discipline.
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Updated: Bishop White: Strong convictions, gentle touch

Former bishop of New York and New Jersey conferences remembered for his impact inside and outside The United Methodist Church on peace and social justice issues.
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Bishop Gregory V. Palmer of the West Ohio Conference’s addresses the Standing Committee on Central Conference Matters during its meeting in Manila. He chaired the committee’s Africa Comprehensive Plan subcommittee. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS.

Group advises where to add 5 new African bishops

A church leadership body is submitting a plan that would add a central conference to Africa and increase the number of bishops from 13 to 18.

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