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Map shows the borders of three central conferences in sub-Saharan Africa. The Africa Central Conference, in gold, proposes splitting itself into four. Map by Cindy Caldwell, United Methodist Communications

Africans look at changing the church’s map

The Africa Central Conference proposes splitting itself into four new central conferences. Such a move has implications for bishop elections and how the church does ministry. Read More

Delegates will use tablet computers to ask to speak during the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

ʽDigital divide’ concern arises with African delegates

Some say use of tablet computers for gaining floor recognition puts them at a disadvantage. Read More

Committee upholds plan for 5 new African bishops in 2020

Central Conference Standing Committee holds to need for studying when to add new bishops in Africa and how to pay for those episcopal areas. Read More

African delegates to The United Methodist Church's General Conference 2016 gather at Canby Retreat Center in Portland, Ore. The United Methodist Church Africa Initiative hosted the meeting. Photo by Jerry Kulah.

Africans poised for clout at GC2016

Retreat prepares them to push for more clout and resources, and maintaining church law on homosexuality. Read More

The Rev. Nyenda Okoko (center) leads a procession to welcome visitors to Oye United Methodist Church, south of Kindu, Democratic Republic of Congo. General Conference 2016, set for May 10-20 in Portland, Oregon, will consider when to add bishops in Africa. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

GC2016: When to add bishops in Africa?

Committee wants comprehensive plan first, but others say the need is too great to wait. Read More

Map highlighting the United Methodist jurisdictions and annual conferences in the United States of America. Photo courtesy of United Methodist Communications

GC2016: Remaking the denomination’s map?

A number of proposals aim to change the church’s future by changing its organizational map. Read More

The Rev. Darryl W. Stephens

Commentary: Who really has a say at General Conference?

ʽVoice’ matters more than voting percentages, and most voices are white, male, American Read More

The Rev. Jerry Kulah, general coordinator of the Africa Initiative, said the movement of clergy and lay leaders, will host a gathering in Portland, Ore., for delegates from Africa before the 2016  General Conference. Kulah is shown in this file photo from the May 1 session of the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Florida. File photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS

Africa Initiative plans pre-GC2016 gathering

Group wants to keep denomination’s current ordination rules and definition of marriage; hopes to empower and strengthen church in Africa. Read More

Framer Mella leads the Southern Philippines United Methodist Colleges. Video image courtesy of United Methodist Communications.

Profile from the Philippines: Framer Mella

This United Methodist leader believes the church can be a catalyst to provide education and a way out of poverty. View

History of The United Methodist Church in Europe

In Europe, the mission of The United Methodist Church and its predecessor bodies developed most strongly through migration between Europe and the U.S. Read More

History of The United Methodist Church in Asia

On the continent of Asia, the United Methodist presence has become limited to the Philippines and to recent missions in South-East Asia and Mongolia. Read More

History of The United Methodist Church in Africa

On the continent of Africa, the mission of The United Methodist Church and its predecessor bodies has developed through missionaries, who were mostly from the U.S. but also from Europe. Read More

Josephine Deere (left) and the Rev. David Wilson (right) of the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference pray for the Rev. Tom Albin during a panel about praying for General Conference at the pre-General Conference briefing in Portland, Ore. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Briefing previews 2016 General Conference debates

United Methodists heard about legislation regarding ordination, denominational restructuring, church investments and teachings on homosexuality. Read More

Central conferences depend on local pastors

Challenges abound, but non-ordained clergy ‘swing the arms’ in faith. Read More

United Methodist women present a traditional dance from northern Mozambique during a meeting of the Standing Committee on Central Conference Matters and Connectional Table. Photo by the Rev. Rodney Steele

Plans under way to make Discipline truly global

A committee for The United Methodist Church is trying to determine what parts of its Book of Discipline are not adaptable outside the U.S. Read More

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