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Dakotas hosts North Central Commission on Archives and History

Thirty-four history buffs, spouses and others from 10 of the 11 annual conferences in the North Central Jurisdiction came to Bismarck July 10-13 for the annual meeting of the North Central Jurisdiction Commission on Archives and History. Bishop Bruce Ough preached at the opening worship using the text Acts 16:6-10. In that Scripture, the Holy Spirit gave the Apostle Paul a vision of “crossing over” into Macedonia, which was new territory for Christianity at the time
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Licensing school prepares 20 for ministry

“It is overwhelming and a lot of work. But it is a step I wanted to take.” That sums up the overall feeling from the twenty participants in licensing school, held July 18-24 at Living Water Retreat Center at Lake Pointsett, South Dakota. Participants represented three conferences and four states.
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Connecting across the globe: Rebecca's Random Thoughts

A few weeks ago, Steve and I had the opportunity to journey to the other side of the globe. I (Rebecca) am a member the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) and this spring we held our board meeting in conjunction with the 25th anniversary celebration of Africa University (AU). Africa University was founded by the United Methodist Church 25 years ago in the country of Zimbabwe. It is a Pan-African Institution designed to reach students from across the continent, provide them with quality education as well as strong United Methodist values and ethics, in order to positively impact the continent of Africa and the entire world. The experience was phenomenal and we learned and observed many things.
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A Message from the Bishop

The Doctrine of Discovery, first articulated by Roman Catholic Pope Nicholas V in a Papal Bull in 1452 has served as the basis of justifying war against all non-Christians throughout the world and sanctioning and promoting the conquest, colonialization, and exploitation of non-Christian nations and their territories for nearly 500 years. As a bishop of The United Methodist Church and a North Dakotan who is the product of the application of this doctrine and its inherent racism, I am committed to the fulfillment of the General Conference resolution. It is time to bury the Doctrine of Discovery forever.
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