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Judicial Council rules in dispute between Western Pennsylvania, East Africa Conferences

By Neill Caldwell, for United Methodist News Service… SEATTLE — A 10-year financial dispute between the Western Pennsylvania Conference and the East Africa Conference that wound up before the UMC’s top court has ended with a split decision that likely will not please everyone. The Judicial Council agreed with only one of Western Pennsylvania’s three questions — […]

Q&A: Anti-malaria drive passes $26 million

By Sandra Long Weaver, United Methodist News Service… As Imagine No Malaria advocacy days began this month in Washington, D.C., Bishop Thomas Bickerton, who chairs the UMC’s Global Health Initiative, told participants the campaign has already passed the $26 million goal set for Jan. 31, 2013, and is moving toward $40 million by next June. […]

Retired UM pastor supports young, new clergy

By Jackie Campbell, United Methodist News Service… Much has been written about the “crisis of younger clergy” in the United Methodist Church, and a look at the numbers confirms the crisis is real. With only 5.6 percent of United Methodist elders under the age of 35, and burnout taking its toll on them, the church’s […]