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Rev. Kiboko speaks out about his brother

Rev. Kiboko speaks out about his brother

2/13/2016

In December 2014, businessman and United Methodist Vano K. Kiboko was imprisoned in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for speaking out against that nation’s president, due to his attempts to usurp the constitution and run for an additional term. But as of January 26, 2016, Vano was transferred to a military prison called Ndolo Prison. “We were ...


VIM—doing God's work in the sun/son

VIM—doing God's work in the sun/son

2/4/2016

On the thumb of northern Dominican Republic is Samana, nestled among palm trees listing toward the sea, in a bay where 3,000 spouting humpback whales winter to have their babies. The Dominican Republic shares an island with Haiti but is more than two-thirds the size of its smaller neighbor. It is Spanish speaking being discovered by Christopher ...


'Careful listening' key for John Rothlisberger

'Careful listening' key for John Rothlisberger

2/3/2016

“When I submitted my name, I wasn’t at all confident that it was even really a possibility. That’s why I think I was a little bit surprised when I wound up being selected at Annual Conference last year,” says John Rothlisberger, a first-time lay delegate from Iowa to the 2016 General Conference. “But I came to realize maybe there is a reason for me...


Christin Nevins Talks About Conference Leadership Teams

Christin Nevins Talks About Conference Leadership Teams

2/3/2016

The Iowa Conference is getting some serious coaching right now. Spiritual Leadership Incorporated (SLI), an organization that seeks to help church leaders grow and put their ideas into action, has provided two coaches to guide two teams – the Bishop’s Operating Team and the Bishop’s Appointive Cabinet – through a year-long process that will ...


Dawson looks to 'See the Global Church in action'

Dawson looks to 'See the Global Church in action'

2/3/2016

Rev. Katie Dawson, a member of the delegation to the 2016 General Conference in Portland, Oregon, is honored to have been re-elected by her fellow clergy to represent Iowa. She is also cognizant and appreciative of the fact that the first two clergy delegates to be re-elected were in fact both women. “And we represent diversity in age and in ...


Domestic Violence Workshops

Domestic Violence Workshops

2/3/2016

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE It is time to address this important issue. It does impact our congregations. Attend one of the 8 workshops and receive critical training on how to recognize abuse and help those involved. Facilitators have been trained by FaithTrust Institute & United Methodist Women. Clergy and laity are both encouraged to attend the most ...


Free clergy tax video

Free clergy tax video

2/3/2016

Clergy face some distinctive tax regulations and often need guidance from tax professionals with experience working with clergy. To help seminary students and clergy understand better the issues to which they and their tax preparers need to give attention, the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary has prepared “...


Looking ahead to the General Conference

Looking ahead to the General Conference

2/3/2016

“At the heart of General Conference, our purpose is to continue to discuss the mission and ministry of the church moving forward, to assess some of the things that we’ve been about in the previous four years, and to identify what we’re going to do for the next four,” explains Phil Carver. Click here to listen to the conversation with Phil For ...


Refugees Get Helping Hand

Refugees Get Helping Hand

2/3/2016

Refugee RISE AmeriCorps member Mohammed is happy with the result of his planning for the "green card" legal clinic. By: Judy Kading I would like to dedicate the January 30, 2016 refugee “green card” legal clinic to the 48 Iowa United Methodist Churches that made a special donation to Justice for Our Neighbors during 2015. You don’t know the ...


Update on Vano Kiboko

Update on Vano Kiboko

2/3/2016

The following update on Vano Kalembe Kiboko was provided by his brother, Rev. Kiboko Kiboko, superintendent of the East Central District December 29, 2014 Vano Kiboko is sent to a maximum security prison called Makala for trying to defend basic human rights for the people of the Congo. He had invited the president of the Congo not to consider ...


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