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‘Connecting people to opportunities’: Rust College’s first woman president


August 7, 2020

By Jessica Love Former mayor of San Antonio, Texas Dr. Ivy Taylor, was recently elected as Rust College’s first woman president. She is the 12th president in the college’s 154-year history. Rust College, founded in 1866 in Holly Spring, Mississippi, is the oldest of the 11 Historically Black Colleges and Universities supported by the United

Current-Felder Recognized as Longtime Advocate for Women of Color Scholars

by: Katie Tait

June 22, 2020

When the United Methodist Black Clergywomen’s Caucus met for the first time in 1987, there were almost no women of color to represent their voices in religious higher education. Dr. Angella P. Current-Felder, then the executive director of the Office of Loans and Scholarships at the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM), remembers

In Memoriam: Dr. Yed Esaïe Angoran

by: Katie Tait

June 16, 2020

The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) mourns the loss of its dedicated friend and colleague, Dr. Yed Esaïe Angoran. He passed away on Saturday, June 13 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. “Dr. Angoran has had an immense presence and influence in the life of The United Methodist Church worldwide and within the African

“Leading in Crisis” E-Panel Discussion with Bishops Carter and Hagiya

by: Katie Tait

June 10, 2020

View the recording | Download the slides “Leading in Crisis” e-panel discussion with Bishop Grant Hagiya of the California-Pacific Conference and Bishop Ken Carter of the Florida Conference. Our discussion topic is, “Feeling like you didn’t sign up for this, and other pastoral realities of 2020.” A GBHEM E-Panel Discussion Leading in Crisis:Feeling like you

A Statement of Prayer and Solidarity

by: Katie Tait

June 5, 2020

To our constituencies and communities, The events in Minneapolis and across America since May 25 have wrested us from one crisis and plunged us into another. Still reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic, our communities have now been confronted with graphic imagery of the murder of George Floyd and the continued systemic violence against black Americans.

Upcoming E-Panel Discussion: Coronavirus at the Crossroads of Faith and Science

by: Katie Tait

April 17, 2020

GBHEM E-Resources is preparing its first live e-panel discussion: “Coronavirus at the Crossroads of Faith and Science.” Moderated by GBHEM General Secretary Rev. Greg Bergquist, the panel will feature Dr. James E.K. Hildreth and Professor Randy L. Maddox. Hildreth is the president of Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN and is one the United States’

Welcoming the Hope of Easter


April 8, 2020

GBHEM’s Rev. Mitchell Lewis, director of the United Methodist Endorsing Agency, offers us this comforting reminder as we celebrate the Risen Lord. Even in this time of fear and uncertainty, hope lives. Happy Easter from the board and staff of GBHEM! *Please note: the GBHEM Office is closed on April 10 in observance of Good

Meet the Scholars: Expanding Education to Protect At-Risk Widows

by: Katie Tait

April 2, 2020

As an expert in pastoral care and counseling, Rev. Mwepu Dikonzo said he felt an “obligation” to continue his education so that he might be better equipped to help his community. Where he lives in the Kamina region of the Democratic Republic of Congo – and throughout many areas of Sub-Saharan Africa – dangerous widow

GBHEM Loans & Scholarships to Offer Financial Relief Measures

by: Katie Tait

March 26, 2020

The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) recognizes that the coronavirus pandemic will cause financial hardship for many graduate and undergraduate students. In response to the economic impact of the global pandemic, the GBHEM Office of Loans and Scholarships has made some important updates to its policies. New 2020 guidelines – including a

University Senate Approves Distance Learning as Virus-Prevention Measure

by: Katie Tait

March 18, 2020

Update April 20, 2020: The United Methodist University Senate executive committee has voted to allow official United Methodist seminaries and non-United Methodist seminaries to offer coursework via distance learning through the end of the 2020 summer session without jeopardizing their status with the University Senate. The extension of this authorization beyond the end of the