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Nicole Burdakin
Many graduates from the Sol Africa program attended the consultation, a follow up to the 2011 Theological Lusophone Consultation held in Portugal, now as leaders in their community or church, delivering presentations to bishops, professors and others.
The Rev. Dr. Gerald D. Lord will retire as associate general secretary in the Division of Higher Education of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry effective July 1, 2015. At GBHEM, Lord championed reform in the denomination’s University Senate and created new partnerships for the agency with Methodist education leaders across the globe.
Nicole Burdakin
Staff the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry and Discipleship Ministries traveled to the annual conferences of Angola East and West, May 12–23, 2015, to introduce e-readers at two United Methodist schools of theology as part of the E-Reader Project.
Nicole Burdakin
God calls everyone into ministry, but ministry means more than ordination. This summer, a new resource, “Called: One Word, Many Ways,” equips congregational leadership to ask important questions around call and help individuals listen for God’s voice, discern what has been heard, and respond faithfully.
HiRho Park
How can The United Methodist Church assist Korean American young clergy candidates for ordained ministry? Twenty-four young Korean American candidates—most in their 20s and 30s— that have started the candidacy certification process for ordained ministry in the UMC gathered from all around the U.S. to explore this question at a seminar in Chicago, Illinois, May 18–20, 2015.
Tom Gillem
German Ramirez leads a small United Methodist congregation in the western highlands of Guatemala. He and 11 other pastors from four Central American nations were filled with joy as they graduated from the Course of Study in El Salvador in April 2015.
Nicole Burdakin
Dr. Ken Yamada
Dr. Ken Yamada will serve as interim associate general secretary for the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry’s Division of Higher Education beginning June 22, 2015.
Mary Buckner
This spring, two world-changing events occurred back to back. President Obama met with Cuban President Raúl Castro, the first such meeting in over half a century, and then announced his decision to remove Cuba from the list of states that sponsor terrorism. During this same historic week, 16 UM clergywomen traveled to Cuba for a seminar sponsored by GBHEM and Boston University School of Theology.
Tom Gillem
Spanish-speaking members of The United Methodist Church who are considering God’s call to ministry now have an in-language edition of The Christian as Minister: An Exploration into the Meaning of God’s Call, required reading for ministry candidates.
Nicole Burdakin
The Collegiate Ministries Office at the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry is seeking proposals for a scholarly dialogue on collegiate ministry in the UMC, themed “The Prophetic Voice and Making Peace: Theological Reflection on United Methodist Collegiate Ministries.”
Kara Lassen Oliver
The Fall United Methodist Loan application opens May 1, for students who are enrolled between August 1 and December 31. The “Smart Loan”—a loan with a 3.75 percent interest rate—can save United Methodist students a tremendous amount of money.
Tom Gillem
Human Rights educators at United Methodist institutions from five continents will gather next month to discuss the formation of a network on human rights to take advantage of teaching, research and community engagement programs already underway at their universities.
Nicole Burdakin
Long established networks of United Methodist-related educational institutions exist in North America, Latin America and elsewhere, but recently developed networks are emerging on the continent of Africa in full-force.
Marcie Smeck
Zanele Furusa
On the day before the inauguration of Professor Munashe Furusa as Africa University’s fourth vice chancellor, what was his wife, Zanele Furusa doing? She joined students on the side of the highway that leads to AU to pick up trash.
Marcie Smeck
Mary Beth Byrne, UMC Deacon
Mary Beth Byrne, an ordained deacon and retired teacher and school counselor, visited Africa University in 2011, with the Global Ministries’ Individual Volunteer in Mission program as part of a short term mission team from Indiana. Two years later, she returned.
Nicole Burdakin
Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock, Dr. Jeffrey Kuan, and Dr. Jung Ha Kim
Drs. Rita Nakashima Brock and Jung Ha Kim were honored as retiring mentors of the Women of Color scholarship program at the Pacific, Asian and North American Asian Women in Theology and Ministry (PANAAWTM) Conference, March 12-14, 2015.
Tom Gillem
Russell Richey, GBHEM, Willson Lecture
Dr. Russell E. Richey urged GBHEM to help United Methodist seminaries work together to become more collaborative and cooperative as they serve their students and the church during the 2015 Willson Lecture, which he delivered at GBHEM’s Board of Directors meeting on March 12.
Tom Gillem
Kim Cape, GBHEM Board of Directors
“The church is asking us to be different and do different things than it has in the past, and we are adapting to these changing needs,” Cape told GBHEM’s board members March 11, 2015, at their semiannual meeting in Nashville, Tenn.
Ebony Lincoln, GBHEM communications director
Upon recommendation by the search team, GBHEM announces the appointment of Ebony Lincoln as director in the Office of Communications. She will begin work, reporting to Kim Cape and Scott Brewer, on March 30, 2015.
Ten students have been selected by GBHEM as the next class of Dempster Scholars. The Dempster Graduate Fellowship supports doctoral students who are committed to serving the church by becoming professors who will educate the next generation of United Methodist pastors.
Nicole Burdakin
UMC E-Readers, CCTE Grants
Seventy-three grants totaling $1 million were awarded for theological education in 22 countries in Africa, Asia, and Europe. The money will be used for training local pastors, development of faculty, provision of e-readers, curriculum development, development of libraries, and more.
Kara Lassen Oliver
Daniel Mateer
Daniel knew about the United Methodist Smart Loan, administered by GBHEM, because his sisters had already benefited from the same loan program. So he didn’t think twice about applying. “Do the numbers,” he said.
Nicole Burdakin
Over 150 participants from 20 countries convened for an international conference February 1–4, 2015, in Incheon, Korea, of the Asia-Pacific Association of Methodist-related Educational Institutions (APAMEI). This organization, formed in 2012, promotes collaborative and cooperative institutional networking among UM-related schools, colleges, universities and theological schools in the Asia-Pacific region.
Marcie Smeck
Partnerships between United Methodist related schools, colleges, universities and theological schools will further the denomination’s mission work, educators and general agency staff agreed during discussions at a meeting of the National Association of Schools and Colleges of The United Methodist Church (NASCUMC) in Washington, D.C.
Colonel Gerald “Scott” Henry, Jr., the Rev. Dr. Matthew Charlton and Sheila Bates
Upon recommendation by the search teams and confirmation by Bishop Virginia Taylor, Holston Annual Conference, and Bishop Bill McAlilly, Tennessee Annual Conference, GBHEM announces the appointment of Colonel Gerald “Scott” Henry, Jr., in the United Methodist Endorsing Agency and the Rev. Dr. Matthew Charlton and the Rev. Sheila Bates in the Collegiate Ministry office.

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