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In Memoriam: Rev. Dr. Lisa M. Scott-Joiner

by: Katie Tait

February 12, 2020

On Jan. 11, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) said goodbye to board member and friend, Rev. Dr. Lisa M. Scott-Joiner. She passed away at the age of 57 in St. Louis, Missouri. Scott-Joiner was appointed to the GBHEM Board of Directors in 2017 and served as chair of the Administrative Matters

Conferences May Contract GBHEM for Educational Fund Management

by: Katie Tait

February 6, 2020

In an effort to further serve students and higher education partners, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) Office of Loans and Scholarships now offers fund administration services to annual conferences. This includes oversight of the scholarship application and allocation processes for conference-based scholarships. The North Carolina Conference of the UMC (NCCUMC) was

Finding a Halo of Possibility

by: Katie Tait

January 23, 2020

Friends, A halo of possibility is always right beside us. Dr. Stuart Kauffman, a theoretical biologist and complex systems researcher, believes that alongside the other general laws of physics should be something he calls the “Adjacent Possible Theory.” The idea of the “adjacent possible” suggests that at any given moment there is a space around

Methodist Education Association to Expand Membership Beyond the UMC

by: Katie Tait

January 8, 2020

At their annual January meeting, members of the National Association of Schools and Colleges of the United Methodist Church (NASCUMC) voted to change the membership policies governing their organization. “With this vote, we’ve begun an approximately six-month-long process to broaden our membership and open our organization to educators in the Pan-Methodist tradition both in and

Methodist Educational Leaders Endorse U.S. Regional Conference

by: Katie Tait

January 6, 2020

Presidents and top representatives from United Methodist schools, colleges and universities across the United States have announced their support for the creation of a U.S. Regional Conference of The United Methodist Church. There are multiple proposals before the 2020 General Conference that call for the creation of a U.S. Regional Conference, most recently the “Protocol

Meet the Scholars: Lecturer Plans Christian Education with Community Roots

by: Katie Tait

December 20, 2019

Rev. Sophirina Sign has had a lifelong passion for learning, a thirst for answers that drives her ministry as well as her studies. When asked how faith has shaped her career, she explained, “Through reflecting on the things I believe in my heart as a Christian, living a life governed by Christ’s principles and being

Merry Christmas!

by: Katie Tait

December 19, 2019

The GBHEM Office will be closed Dec. 24-27 and on Jan. 1. We look forward to serving you in 2020!

Editorial GBHEM Lanza Ediciones en Español en América Latina

by: Katie Tait

December 18, 2019

(Read this release in English) La Junta General de Educación Superior y Ministerio (GBHEM por su sigla en inglés) anuncia con entusiasmo una nueva asociación para llevar a seis países de América Latina ediciones en idioma español de títulos populares de la Editorial GBHEM. El acuerdo empieza con un libro y en el mejor de

GBHEM Publishing Launches Spanish-language Editions in Latin America

by: Katie Tait

December 18, 2019

(Leer en Español) The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) is thrilled to announce a new partnership to bring Spanish-language editions of popular GBHEM Publishing titles to six Latin American countries. The agreement begins with one book and will ideally expand over time. It is a targeted effort by the agency’s publishing house

Bergquist Named GBHEM General Secretary

by: Katie Tait

December 10, 2019

The Board of Directors for the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) is pleased to announce the election of Rev. Greg Bergquist as the agency’s new general secretary. Bergquist comes to the role after serving for six months as GBHEM’s acting general secretary. “Greg Bergquist is uniquely gifted to lead GBHEM in this