"As a dream turned reality, Africa University has become
a seed of the higher education tree on the African
continent. Africa shall no longer be left behind in
higher education."-- Bishop David Kekumba
Yemba, new chancellor of Africa University.
Africa University leaders to serve continent
Bishops Ntambo Nkulu Ntanda (left)
and David Kekumba Yemba.
MUTARE, Zimbabwe (UMNS) -- Bishop David Kekumba Yemba and professor Fanuel Tagwira were inaugurated Dec. 5 as the third chancellor and vice chancellor of the university founded in 1992. The new leaders pledged continuing commitment to the cause of higher education on the continent in a moving installation ceremony attended by more than 500 dignitaries from around the world. In remarks, officials both celebrated the Africa University story and looked ahead to plans to make an even larger impact in Africa.
United Methodists seek climate justice at summit
NEW YORK (UMNS)--Meghan Roth called it "a life-changing experience" when Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu spoke Dec. 13 in Copenhagen to those concerned about the impact of climate change on the world. Roth, a 23-year-old student at United Methodist-related Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington and a director of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society, was part of that agency's delegation attending the Dec. 7-18 climate change summit. Several United Methodists were among the religious and civil society representatives marking the summit's midpoint. The goal of the march was to bring outside voices to the negotiation process, said John Hill, a Board of Church and Society executive.
ABC to air United Methodist Christmas Eve service
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) -- ABC television affiliates nationwide will broadcast a United Methodist-produced Christmas Eve candlelight service on Dec. 24 and 25. The hour-long broadcast was taped at First United Methodist Church of Dallas. The traditional service includes carols and Scriptures, and features a 100-voice choir, a brass and drum ensemble, and the church's pipe organ. The Rev. John Fiedler delivers the message, "I Am Bringing You Good News."
"We are privileged to open our doors, via television, to viewers who seek a Christmas Eve worship experience," said the Rev. Larry Hollon, chief executive of United Methodist Communications. "We celebrate this opportunity to express our faith within the broader culture." Airtime for the service is made possible through The United Methodist Church's participation in the National Council of Churches. The National Council of Churches is a founding member of the Interfaith Broadcasting Commission, which works with the three major networks to provide faith-based documentaries and liturgical specials. Regularly updated television listings for the Christmas Eve service are available here.