The IAMSCU Executive Committee has been very active in 2020, meeting periodically to discuss strategic issues, plan the IAMSCU Board of Directors meeting and the IAMSCU Conference, partner with the World Methodist Council, and discuss issues regarding autonomy, fundraising, and other important actions related to the future of the association. The members of the Executive Committee are President Tom Wolfe, Vice-President Adriana Murriello, Past-President Marcio de Moraes, Greg Bergquist (as General Secretary of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry), Bishop Mand Muyombo (Secretary of the UMC Council of Bishops), Hilde Marie Movafagh (Chaplain at the Norwegian School of Theology, Religion, and Society), and Amos Nascimento (IAMSCU Secretary). One of the main tasks of the Executive Committee has been to prepare the meetings of the IAMSCU Board of Directors and present proposals for actions and initiatives to be approved by the Board.
On August 18, 2020, the IAMSCU Board of Directors held its annual Business Meeting in an online format. The meeting included participants from 19 different time zones worldwide, including members of the Board of Directors, staff, and guests from countries such as Argentina, Australia, Brazil, England, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Mozambique, Philippines, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, the United States, and Zimbabwe – among others. The most important agenda item was a discussion about the IAMSCU Strategic Planning process and the installation of three committees: “Autonomy & Fundraising,” led by Fayneese Miller (Hamline University, USA) and Janet Unsworth (Edgehill College, Northern Ireland); “Collaborations,” led by Jamisse Taimo (Methodist University, Mozambique) and Paul Shew (Aoyama Gakuin University, Japan); and “Visibly Re-Imagining the Wesleyan Heritage,” led by Jeffrey Kuan (Claremont School of Theology, USA) and Geordan Hammond (Manchester Research Center, England). The members and guests of the IAMSCU Board of Directors discussed possible initiatives in these three areas and shared their suggestions. The leaders of each committee are now recruiting new members and planning the next steps of their work.