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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

Burundi Celebrates Unity with First Course of Study Graduation

by: Katie Tait

March 13, 2020

Joyful singing filled the air in Gitega, Burundi on Saturday, Feb. 29 as 192 pastors graduated from the country’s first Course of Study program.  It was a day of celebration, not only for the pastors, but for the entire Burundi Annual Conference, which is recovering after more than a decade of strife. “Within the past

GBHEM Moves to Remote Work in Response to COVID-19

by: Katie Tait

March 12, 2020

Updated April 30, 2020: In accordance with Nashville Mayor John Cooper’s four-phase plan for reopening Davidson County, GBHEM staff will continue to work from home through at least Friday, May 29. The agency is carefully monitoring this evolving situation and following the recommendations of local health officials. Using this news page, we will keep you

Remembering Africa University Visionary John Wesley Z. Kurewa

by: Katie Tait

February 25, 2020

Rev. Dr. John Wesley Z. Kurewa was a champion for Africa University and a leading voice in its founding. With his passing on Feb. 15, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) has lost a valued member of our higher education family. Many GBHEM staff worked closely with Kurewa on the planning and

College Credit Now Available for Local Pastors’ Course of Study

by: Katie Tait

February 18, 2020

The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) is excited to announce a series of new partnerships that will allow licensed local pastors to earn college credit for the Course of Study training program. Beginning this spring, GBHEM and Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia, will collaborate to provide Course of Study credit for women

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

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