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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 — […]

UM agency’s board enters new era of mission

NEW YORK—A few years ago, the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries began an extended, and sometimes painful, process of re-inventing itself. The results, which include a significant decrease in the size of its board of directors, staff reductions and a realigning of structure and priorities, were apparent Oct. 22-24 when the mission agency […]

Young-adult Oklahoman helps children in Georgia

By Holly McCray, Special Contributor… Her mother recognized Jerrica Becker’s big heart for children when her daughter was a little child. Now a young-adult missionary, Jerrica uses her gift to help neglected children in Cedartown, Ga. Connie Becker recalled shopping trips when Jerrica was small. The child sought out and engaged other children while their […]