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Delegates from the Philippines bow their heads during a day of prayer at the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis. A group of Filipino United Methodists have submitted a plan to the 2020 General Conference that calls for church unity, not division. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UM News.

Filipino legislation calls for church unity

The plan, the first to emerge from outside the U.S., calls for reimagining church structures to allow for contextual differences.
Evangelism
The Rev. Alan Masimba Gurupira (center), officiates a ceremony to present motorbikes to five pastors of the Mutasa Nyanga District of Zimbabwe on July 20. Listening are the Rev. Tafadzwa Musona (left, in red), district superintendent; and the Rev. Duncan Charwadza (right, behind bike), Connectional Ministries director and Deputy Administrative Assistant to the Bishop. The motorbikes were a gift from Mutasa Nyanga Homelink, a group of church members originally from the district, who pool their resources to support the pastors. Photo by  Eveline Chikwanah, UM News.

Motorbikes ease travel for rural pastors in Zimbabwe

No longer walking many miles to reach parishioners, clergy will have more time to do actual ministry.
Social Concerns
Bishops Cynthia Moore-Koikoi (left) of the Western Pennsylvania Conference and Eben K. Nhiwatiwa of the Zimbabwe Area celebrate the signing of a continuing partnership covenant between the two areas during the 2019 Laity Academy at Africa University in Mutare, Zimbabwe. Photo by Eveline Chikwanah, UM News.

Zimbabwe, Western Pennsylvania partnership continues

A new covenant between the Zimbabwe Episcopal Area and Western Pennsylvania Conference continues a long-standing partnership that has improved health care, provided safe water, addressed poverty and built churches and relationships.
General Church
Delegates attend opening worship at the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis in February. Given escalating conflict in the denomination over LGBTQ inclusion, two bishops are pushing a plan to create two or three self-governing church groups, with The United Methodist Church remaining as an umbrella organization. File photo by Kathleen Barry, UM News.

2 bishops offer plan for denomination’s future

To deal with schism-threatening conflict over homosexuality, Bishops Bard and Jones favor making The United Methodist Church an umbrella for self-governing church groups.

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