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  • The denomination’s 2016 General Conference, in Portland, Ore., will have about 15 percent fewer delegates. Planners voted Oct. 18 to set the target number of delegates at 850. Previous totals have been closer to 1,000. The reduction should save about $600,000. (UMNS)

  • Saint Paul School of Theology—

  1. Kevin LaGree has been named acting president. His term of service will begin Nov. 1, following the departure of current President Myron McCoy. Dr. LaGree will reside in Kansas City and provide leadership for both the Oklahoma City and Greater Kansas City campuses. He is a retired elder of the Iowa Conference.

  2. The seminary has executed a contract to sell to Guadalupe Centers Inc. the former Truman Road campus property in Kansas City. Established in 1919, Guadalupe Centers’ mission is to improve quality of life for people in Latino communities.

  • New Providence UMC embraces diversity and wanted more. It did not happen overnight, but the congregation in Clarksville, Tenn., now counts 25 countries represented at its Sunday afternoon worship. (UMNS)

  • Ten years of scholarly labor went into "The Letters of Charles Wesley, with Introduction and Notes: Volume 1 (1728-1756)." Gareth Lloyd, curator of Methodist manuscript and archival collections at John Rylands Library, University of Manchester, England, co-edited this book about the great hymn-writer. (UMNS)

  • "A Church in the Valley by the Wildwood" has raised $457,206 for UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) over the past 25 years. The Sing Out event, with this gospel favorite and others like it, has been raising mission funds at Vicksburg (Michigan) UMC since 1989. (UMNS)

  • Find resources online to mark World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, from the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund Committee. According to UNAIDS, every day 1,000 children are born with HIV. (

  • Learn the history of "Great Is Thy Faithfulness," among the top five favorite UM hymns.  (General Board of Discipleship)

  • Fourteen new UM missionaries recently were commissioned in New York City for ministry in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and the United States. (UMNS)

  • The 2013 Clergy Age Trends report shows the number of older elders, ages 55-72, has reached a record high of 54 percent among all active elders. The report is by the Lewis Center for Church Leadership, assisted by the General Board of Pension & Health Benefits. (Leading Ideas e-newsletter)

  • Looking for clues to encourage people in the spiritual gift of giving? View and download a new 8-minute video, narrated by Lewis Center Director Lovett Weems Jr.

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