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Erin HawkinsGeneral Conference Celebrates the Dissolution of the Central Jurisdiction

by Christie R. House
4/29/08: Erin Hawkins thanked the members of the Central Jurisdiction who had stayed in the denomination to see it through to union.

United Methodist Bishops Janice Riggle Huie and Benjamin BoniUnited Methodist Church Formally Admits Côte d'Ivoire Unit, Largest in Denomination

by Elliott Wright
4/27/08: In the future, this West African country will have their fair share of delegates to the General Conference.

L’Eglise Méthodiste Unie admet formellement la Côte d’Ivoire

27 Avril 2008 | FORT WORTH, Texas (UMNS): L’Eglise Méthodiste Unie en Côte d’ Ivoire, la plus grande conférence du monde avec environ 700.000 membres, a reçu ses plein droits et responsabilités de faire part de cette dénomination.


Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño"Hope Beyond Ourselves" is Needed to Eliminate Poverty

by Michelle Scott
4/27/08: The United Methodist Church has declared ministry with the poor as one of four areas of focus for the immediate future.

Rural Life Celebration: Seeds of HopeRural Life Celebration: Seeds of Hope

by Michelle Scott
4/26/08: A small church is not a failed large church; in fact, in many communities, small churches are the last voice of faith.

Sally Vonner is the North Texas Conference Shalom Coordinator.Communities of Shalom Returns to General Conference: Where It All Began

by Barbara Wheeler
4/26/08: Shalom, born in 1992, is a community-development program promoting health, wholeness, and well-being.

Latin America and the CaribbeanUnited Methodists Look to Latin American Counterparts

by Linda Bloom
4/26/08: Tracing a "shared journey of faith," one committee calls for the denomination to more fully embrace their counterparts in Latin American and the Caribbean.

A Future With Hope: General Conference 2008Bishop Gregory Palmer Receives Leadership Gavel

Offsite link to United Methodist News Service
4/27/08: "The church owes me nothing. I owe the church and the Lord of the church everything,” said Bishop Palmer, new president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops.

Native American children's choir.Oklahoma Indian Mission Choir Opens Worship

by Yvette Moore
4/27/08: Choir members hail from many of the 89 churches and more than 35 tribes represented in the conference.

A Future With Hope: General Conference 2008Pension Initiative Needs Millions for Retired Pastors

Offsite link to United Methodist News Service
4/26/08: Retirement can become "a transition to homelessness," for pastors serving in Africa, the Philippines, and Eastern Europe.

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