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‘Big Garden’ grows food, communities

By Trish Johnson, United Methodist News Service… OMAHA, Neb.—The Big Garden was born out of the Rev. Stephanie Ahlschwede’s dream to create a hands-on model of community gardening. When Ms. Ahlschwede became executive director of United Methodist Ministries in Omaha in 2005, one of her first endeavors as director was to map out her dream […]

UM conferences approve plans for two mergers

OKLAHOMA CITY—The United Methodist conferences in the denomination’s South Central Jurisdiction will have some very different boundaries within the next four years. On July 20, delegates at the jurisdictional conference unanimously approved the merger of the Southwest Texas and Rio Grande annual conferences into “a bold new conference” and the consolidation of the Kansas East, […]

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