The Judicial Council released rulings April 25 stemming from last fall’s jurisdictional conferences, including one dealing with a resolution on LGBTQ inclusion adopted by all five jurisdictions.
“It has been wonderful, just reviving,” said Bishop Mande Muyombo, chair of the Connectional Table. He also leads the North Katanga, Tanganyika and Tanzania conferences in Africa. “For me, it’s a positive message that this church is moving forward.”
Former Africa University vice chancellor Rukudzo J. Murapa is being remembered for his vision, networking and leadership, including helping to establish the United Methodist university’s Institute of Peace, Leadership and Governance.
A century ago, chiefs in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo requested missionaries to bring evangelism to the Maniema Province, Kibombo Territory and Akunchu Chiefdom on the other side of the Lomami River.
In early 2021, Harper Hill Global, a Nashville, Tennessee, faith-based organization, joined with the World Hypertension Action Group, Colleagues in Care and the North Katanga United Methodist Church to provide lifesaving information on how risky high blood pressure can be for pregnant women.
Almost 500 North Katanga Conference clergy and lay members met to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on ministry and to address misinformation in rural areas.
“I think we just want to be as cautious as possible, especially since we have children with us,” Evans said. The under-12 youngsters in the church and its preschool are not yet eligible for the vaccines. “We want to take care of the kids.”
The idea was adapted in September 2020 by the national United Methodist Dismantling Racism campaign, which also began in June that year after the death of George Floyd and protests across the U.S.
Three African bishops have lately said they and their conferences will leave The United Methodist Church and organize with other traditionalists if the denomination splits over whether to remove bans on same-sex marriage and ordination of “self-avowed practicing” gay clergy.
Furusa, who became vice chancellor in 2015, was shaped by his experience as the first person in his family to obtain a higher education degree. He is being remembered as a champion for educational access for underprivileged students and an important voice for United Methodist-related higher education.