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Women of Color Scholars’ Series: Kang Finds God’s Love in the ‘Layers’

by: Katie Tait

September 11, 2020

By Jessica Love The daughter of a single mother with breast cancer, Hayoung Kang’s own traumatic experiences inspired her call to ministry. Now, as an Angella P. Current-Felder Women of Color (WOC) Scholar, she is empowered to create political theology and philosophy to help others navigate trauma. The Angella P. Current-Felder Women of Color (WOC)

Women of Color Scholars’ Series: Bonilla Closes Gaps in Seminary Education

by: Katie Tait

September 4, 2020

By Jessica Love Rev. Patricia Bonilla learned at an early age how important it is to see color and acknowledge differences. “In high school, I was one of two Mexican students in my whole grade,” she said. Now Bonilla, who is an ordained deacon in the Northern Illinois Conference, is researching and celebrating those differences

Women of Color Scholars’ Series: Dellinger ‘Writes the Book She Wants to See’

by: Katie Tait

August 28, 2020

By Jessica Love Dr. Lisa Dellinger recently earned her Ph.D. in theology, history and ethics from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, making her the 49th graduate of the Angella P. Current-Felder Women of Color Scholars program. Dellinger, who is working toward ordination as a United Methodist elder in the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference, is

#ColortheConversation Campaign Makes Space for Dialogue

by: Katie Tait

August 20, 2020

On August 20, 2020, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) began #ColortheConversation as a new discussion and listening campaign to address racism in higher education and ministry. The campaign will elevate and center the voices and experiences of people of color in our agency and affiliated institutions. It is important to acknowledge

GBHEM: Our Road Reimagined

by: Katie Tait

August 12, 2020

Today, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) launches a new guiding structure for its long-held mission of preparing leaders for the Church, the academy and the world. “Our Road Reimagined” is the result of a months-long process to survey and remodel the agency. This effort included a complete program evaluation, a cost-savings

‘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.

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