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The Rev. James T. Laney, recipient of the 2019 World Methodist Peace Award, speaks during the Roundtable for Peace on the Korean Peninsula in Atlanta in this 2018 file photo.  Laney is former U.S. Ambassador to South Korea and former dean of the Candler School of Theology. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Peace as a lifelong vocation

The two most recent recipients of the World Methodist Peace Award have very different backgrounds but share a commitment to peacemaking.
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United Methodist deaconess Bulelwa Ndedwa leads a march against gender-based violence in Durban, South Africa, on Sept. 14.  The march began with prayer at a United Methodist church and ended in downtown Bizana in the Makukhanye District, Eastern Cape. Photo by Nandipha Mkwalo, UM News.

Church shines spotlight on violence against women

South African United Methodists march for change, urge church to take action to protect female members and all women.
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Zacky Kabunga, president of United Methodist Men in Goma, Congo, counsels a group of children who live on the streets in South Kivu. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UM News.

Congo church connects with ‘street children’

United Methodist pastors, church groups reach out to some of the thousands of children and youth living on the streets in South Kivu.
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Pat Luna speaks during a panel discussion at the Leadership Institute, held at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, Sept. 25-27. She was joined by the Revs. Adam Hamilton, Junius B. Dotson, Ginger Gaines-Cirelli and Michael Bowie. This year’s event focused on preserving, but reforming The United Methodist Church.  Photo by Sam Hodges, UM News.

Annual event becomes forum on church’s future

Centrists and progressives turn Leadership Institute into discussion and strategizing session.

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