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  • Women as Christian Evangelists: An Often Hidden History by Elliott Wright*
    08/01/2009 Evanston, Illinois, August 1, 2009--A number of Protestant women celebrated for their social ministries across the past two centuries understood themselves to be primarily evangelists, although they were rarely allowed to preach.
  • West Africa Women Meet to Explore Being Better Together in Christ by Kimberly Lehmann
    06/03/2009 This impromptu composition by missionary Catherine Akale became the unofficial theme song of this first gathering of leaders from United Methodist women's organizations within the West Africa Central Conference. The participants gathered in Monrovia, Liberia, in early May under the theme "We Are Better Together in Christ."
  • Emma's Place: Hope and Home for Families by Mary Beth Coudal
    12/26/2008 Emma's Place (in St. Paul, Minnesota) believes in second chances, for which the families who live there are exceedingly grateful.
  • United Methodists Elect Bishop for Sierra Leone by Phileas Jusu*
    12/22/2008 MONROVIA, Liberia (UMNS), December 22, 2008--The Rev. John K. Yambasu, 52, has been elected bishop of The United Methodist Church in Sierra Leone by delegates of the denomination's West Africa Central Conference.
  • Potential Deaconesses Gather in New York for Discernment Event by Mary Beth Coudal
    05/30/2008 Despite airline delays, 17 out of 18 potential deaconesses attended the New York City Discernment Event from April 11 to 13, 2008, sponsored by the General Board of Global Ministries. In Christian lingo, "to discern" means to listen to God's call or spiritual direction.
  • United Methodist Bishop Visits Mission Institution in Fort Worth, Texas by Barbara Wheeler*
    04/25/2008 Fort Worth, Texas, April 25, 2008 -- As an all-church meeting continues in Fort Worth, Texas, one bishop took time on April 24 to attend another important gathering: snack time in the after-school program at United Community Centers, Inc., a local United Methodist mission institution.
  • Mission Study on "Israel-Palestine" Is Consistent with United Methodist Policy
    02/19/2008 A comprehensive 1996 statement on Christian-Jewish relations by The United Methodist Church's legislating General Conference strongly reiterated the denomination's opposition to all forms of anti-Semitism.i Four years later, the quadrennial General Conference, which is the only entity that speaks for the whole church, urged United Methodists to observe Yom HaShoah, the annual Holocaust Memorial Day,ii and also addressed Israeli-Palestinian relations in the Middle East.

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