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New Book Calls on Christian Truth Tellers in a Fake News Age

by: Katie Tait

September 4, 2019

Where would we be without the truth telling of Jesus? In an era of “fake news” and “alternative facts,” the choice is clear: truth telling or bondage to lies. In “Truth Telling in a Post-Truth World,” D. Stephen Long argues that we tell the truth not because we are convinced it will have an immediate

Black College Fund Summer Series: Becoming a Voice for the Voiceless

August 30, 2019

By Jessica Love Black College Fund (BCF) Lina H. McCord intern Marcinia Johnson is a rising sophomore at Bennett College, and her ultimate career goal is to become a defense attorney for mentally disabled persons. Her own life experience drives her to speak up for others. “I want to represent those who are oppressed and

GBHEM Stands with Our Schools

August 29, 2019

Friends, John Wesley carefully intertwined education with faith when he formed the Methodist tradition as a student movement at the University of Oxford in 1729, and later founded Kingswood School in 1748. Nearly three hundred years later, the tradition of Wesleyan education has lifted millions out of poverty, swept the fervor for social justice across

First Africa University-Wesley House Doctoral Class Takes Shape

by: Katie Tait

August 26, 2019

This summer, Africa University (AU) and Wesley House Cambridge officially launched their new joint doctoral program with a class of 13 students from across the continent of Africa. “The program helps to develop faculty for Methodist theological seminaries, colleges and universities in Africa,” said Dr. David Bishau, director of Africa University’s Institute of Theology and

Black College Fund Summer Series: Discovering New Purpose After Tragedy

August 15, 2019

By Jessica Love For many young adults, the transition to college is an exciting time – new faces, new environment and new opportunities. Even more thrilling is the love and support of family during this important phase. For Samarya Jenkins, things were different. She had a difficult start at Claflin University – one of 11

GBHEM Awards Nine Grants to Expand Minority Leadership

by: Katie Tait

August 15, 2019

The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) awarded nine Ethnic-in-Service Training (EIST) Grants this summer. Offered in sums up to $10,000, EIST grants help United Methodist institutions and their surrounding communities recruit, train and support ethnic persons for leadership roles throughout the church and the world. This year’s recipients created programs that cater

In Memoriam: Dr. Julius S. Scott, Jr.

August 8, 2019

On August 1, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) said goodbye to another longtime member of its education family. Dr. Julius S. Scott, Jr., the agency’s former associate general secretary for the Division of Higher Education, passed away at his home in Hilton Head, SC at the age of 94. Scott served

In Memoriam: Rev. Dr. F. Thomas Trotter

by: Katie Tait

August 1, 2019

Rev. Dr. F. Thomas Trotter, the former general secretary of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM), died peacefully on July 26, 2019 at the age of 93. Trotter was known as a visionary leader throughout the United Methodist Church and the world of higher education. He led GBHEM from 1973 to 1987

Introducing the New GBHEM.ORG: A Website for the Modern Church

July 30, 2019

The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) serves a modern global audience, helping Methodists around the world discover, claim and flourish in God’s call on their lives. Our website,, is a crucial point of communication between our agency and the many clergy, students and educators we assist. In July, GBHEM launched a

Black College Fund Summer Series: Finding a Home and a Higher Purpose

July 26, 2019

By Jessica Love Accepted to 25 prestigious universities and awarded nearly one million dollars in scholarship money, Frederick Uy chose to attend Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina for one reason. “It was the tone of the conversation,” Uy said. “I had visited several university orientations and the content was all the same, but Claflin’s