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Marcie Smeck
GBHEM and GBOD renew and expand e-readers for theological education agreement | GBHEM
A pilot project to provide e-readers loaded with theological texts has proven so successful that GBHEM General Secretary Kim Cape and GBOD General Secretary Tim Bias renewed their joint agreement, continuing this interagency collaboration until December 2016.
Nicole Burdakin
Emerging Ministry Grants launch day of service, ministry for formerly incarcerated | GBHEM
Two deacons in The United Methodist Church have been awarded 2014 Emerging Ministry Grants from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. One will launch a community-wide day of service in Lancaster City, Pa., and the other will develop a ministry of spiritual formation for formerly incarcerated people in the West Ohio Conference.
Michael Rich
DS/DCM Orientation Cultivating Vital Ministries | GBHEM
“As one new DS put it, 'Learning that I was appointed to serve as a DS was like receiving a large suit of clothes that I hadn’t grown into yet.'”
Marcie Smeck
Mid Quadrennial Training Helps Develop Excellence in Ministry | GBHEM
Nearly 400 district superintendents, bishops and board of ordained ministry members from 52 conferences attended the Division of Ordained Ministry Mid Quadrennial Training event in Denver, Colo., August 12-15, 2014.
Vicki Brown
Interactive online classes, new curriculum offer new options for local pastors | GBHEM
A new curriculum for local pastors focuses on transformative leadership, while online interactive classes will provide easier access for educational opportunities, especially for part-time local pastors who have regular employment outside the church.
Nicole Burdakin
Board approves budget, prepares for General Conference 2016 | GBHEM
A report on the Young Clergy Initiative, a discussion about the state of theological education and necessary preparations for General Conference 2016 were included in the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry’s Board of Directors meeting, Aug. 6-8 in Nashville.
Nicole Burdakin
Young Clergy Initiative awards total of seventy- five grants   | GBHEM
Over two rounds, 164 Young Clergy Initiative grant applications were received. Forty-six grants were awarded in the second round, bringing the total amount awarded to approximately $5.5 million. Twenty-nine grants were awarded earlier this year.
Tita Parham
EIST grant helps Myanmar students reach their potential | GBHEM
After fleeing soldiers in her native Myanmar (formerly Burma) with her parents and four brothers, the 18-year-old lived with her family in the Umpium Mai refugee camp in a mountainous region of Thailand for 12 years.
Nicole Burdakin
Collegiate ministers explore discipleship at Prepare and Summer Institute 2014 | GBHEM
Collegiate ministers from across the country gathered recently in Atlanta, Ga., to share strategies and connect with peers working to grow student ministry and discipleship in the United Methodist tradition.
Nicole Burdakin
Former BCF Ambassador spends a year shadowing college and university presidents | GBHEM
In the months Joseph L. Jones shadowed college and university presidents, he found the job had much in common with the work he had done as an ambassador for The United Methodist Church’s Black College Fund.
Sam Hodges
This summer, some Methodist pastors from Colombia and Mexico have engaged in distance learning the old-fashioned way — traveling to Dallas for classes at Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology.
Dorothy V. Smith
In the summer of 1964, just prior to entering the 8th grade, I attended Freedom School at St. Paul’s C.M.E. Church in McComb, Mississippi.
Tom Gillem
Life After School Summit Helps Dreams Come True | GBHEM
An event organized by a United Methodist Church in Taylors, S.C., shows the positive influence churches can have in encouraging young people to continue their education.
Global Theological Students: A United Methodist Covenant becomes a reality in the Philippines | GBHEM
Six students representing Wesley Divinity School, Bishop Han Theological Seminary and Union Theological Seminary had the opportunity to hear about Global Theological Students: A United Methodist Covenant (GTS) and to become a part of this network.
After more than two decades of service, President David Seyle has announced his retirement from Andrew College.
Natalie Bannon
McCord Scholar finds purpose in ministry
Kevin Kosh Jr. credits his education at United Methodist-related Rust College with cultivating his faith and preparing him to lead others in ministry. Kosh is on track to become an ordained minister. He hopes to serve in a campus ministry and pursue doctoral work in education so he can teach at the college level.
Pfeiffer University
Pfeiffer University announces that Dr. Jerry Boone will serve as interim president, effective Aug. 10. Dr. Boone, who served Pfeiffer College as dean of student affairs and associate professor of English from 1969-82, will hold this new position until a permanent successor to Michael C. Miller is appointed
Vicki Brown
Applications for the 2015 grants for theological education in Africa, Europe and the Philippines are open through September 30, 2014.
Nicole Burdakin
Three UM-related women's colleges cultivate leadership | GBHEM
Ruth A. Knox, a 1975 graduate and now president of Wesleyan College, knows firsthand the value of a women’s college education.
UMC Cyber Campus   Gateway to global online learning for Christian leadership development | GBHEM
Gateway to global online learning for Christian leadership development. Click here to see an introductory video!
Candler School of Theology  receives grant to explore changes in theological education
Candler will convene Christian educators in cities around the country to examine shifts in theological education.
United Methodist Student Loan Rates Hold Steady as Federal Rates Increase | GBHEM
Even though federal student loan interest rates will increase on July 1, United Methodist student loans will not, the executive director of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry’s Office of Loans and Scholarships said Tuesday.
H. Sharon Howell to Serve as Interim President
The Board of Trustees has named Rev. H. Sharon Howell as Interim President of Saint Paul School of Theology. Rev. Howell will begin on July 1, 2014 and will serve while the work of the seminary's Presidential Search Committee continues.
Sharai Muonwa
2014 Africa University grads express thanks
Gloria Alitubeera, a Ugandan who earned a degree in business, spoke for many. “I am so happy and grateful to God,” she said. “I give thanks to everyone who helped me to make it. To those who granted me the scholarship that enabled me to study and get this degree, I dedicate it to you.”
Barbara Dunlap-Berg
Hiroshima event challenges peacemakers
The May 24-28 event was the triennial conference of the International Association of Methodist Schools, Colleges and Universities. Exploring “Peace, Reconciliation and Human Rights,” participants learned about the drastic effects of the world’s first atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, and explored ideas for creating a gospel of peace.

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