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Cain Hope Felder, June 9, 1943-Oct. 1, 2019. Photo courtesy of JK Photography, Howard University

Scholar who focused on Bible's diversity dies

The Rev. Cain Hope Felder, a longtime professor at Howard University and groundbreaking scholar on race in the Bible, has died.
Local Church
Workers tend to vegetables planted at the Nyadire Mission farm in Nyadire, Zimbabwe. The farm was among six United Methodist properties evaluated during a land audit by the Zimbabwe Episcopal Area. Photo by Chenayi Kumuterera, UM News.

Audit reveals Zimbabwe church's farming potential

The report is the first step toward utilizing church land for large-scale farming projects to make agriculture more profitable in the Zimbabwe Episcopal Area.
Local Church
The Revs. Maggie Proshek (left), Ricky Harrison (center) and Taylor Smith are young clergy in the North Texas Conference. All three were ordained at annual conference this summer, Proshek as deacon and Harrison and Smith as elders. The North Texas Conference has become one of the top U.S conferences in percentage of elders 35 and under, a new report shows. Nationally, the number of young elders has declined for three straight years. Photo by Hillsman S. Jackson, North Texas Conference.

Number of elders under 35 dropping

New report on United Methodist clergy age trends in U.S. shows three years of decline for elders in this demographic.
Social Concerns
The Rev. Anna Blaedel (at microphone) speaks during the Iowa Annual Conference in June 2016. Blaedel is facing a church trial after being charged under the ban against ordination of a “self-avowed practicing homosexual.” File photo by Arthur McClanahan, Iowa Conference.

Iowa clergyperson to face trial

The Rev. Anna Blaedel is charged with violating The United Methodist Book of Discipline as a “self-avowed practicing homosexual.”

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