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1 - Europeans make plans for separation
2 - Georgia laity question bishop in full-page ad
3 - Publishing House rebounds
4 - Ethnic churches collaborate to feed New York neighbors
5 - 2021 Hungary Provisional Conference
6 - Online communion should not be here to stay
7 - Church leaders urge stronger pandemic response
8 - Judicial Council releases more decisions
9 - An academic journey turns spiritual
10 - Grants go to fight COVID-19 in India
11 - WCA plans new denomination
12 - Bishops: No episcopal elections until 2022
13 - Seeking gun violence remedies, policing reforms
14 - Enduring racism, badgering, as a pastor
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16 - Korean, Native faithful join to fight virus
17 - Faith is a verb
18 - Homeless ministry offers compassion in Kenyan slums
19 - Megachurch seeks exit over appointment strife
20 - Bishops, delegates called to mission focus
21 - How churches can help former inmates adapt
22 - An urgent call for leadership
23 - Lack of ruling adds to protocol concerns
24 - Leadership body invites church to vision work
25 - ‘Committed to caring for our future’
26 - Agencies set greenhouse gas emissions goal
27 - United Methodists react to Chauvin verdict
28 - A shattered windshield, a shattered worldview
29 - Church partners with Mexican Consulate
30 - It’s never too late to do the right thing
31 - Churches across theological spectrum exiting
32 - Court won’t rule in advance on protocol legislation
33 - 'I believe in the resurrection and reparations'
34 - African bishops not united on church future
35 - Caught in a twilight zone of change
36 - Film puts Korean Americans center stage
37 - Racial diversity linked to church growth
38 - Virginia church contemplates racism in the ranks
39 - Restructuring legislation gets a hearing
40 - When one's enemy becomes one's neighbor
41 - Clergyman takes on QAnon through podcast
42 - Celebrating and empowering women in Congo
43 - ‘You’ll ruin the neighborhood’
44 - Bishop Nhanala manages multiple crises
45 - ‘That's just the way it is.’
46 - Lingering pandemic enlivens Easter creativity
47 - Mission agency funds agriculture, refugee programs
48 - Black caucus: Racism still challenges church
1 - Europeans make plans for separation

Under a proposed separation plan, some European churchgoers expect to remain with The United Methodist Church while others join a new traditionalist denomination.

5/11/2021 5:34:31 PM

2 - Georgia laity question bishop in full-page ad

The advertisement in the Sunday Atlanta Journal-Constitution seeks transparency from the North Georgia bishop on disputes around a pastoral appointment, LGBTQ inclusion and the future of the church.

5/10/2021 6:39:44 PM

3 - Publishing House rebounds

Thanks to better sales as the pandemic eases in the U.S., as well as a real estate move, the United Methodist Publishing House appears in better shape financially.

5/10/2021 4:18:17 PM

4 - Ethnic churches collaborate to feed New York neighbors

Many ethnic minority churches have initiated food ministries to help local communities struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic.

5/6/2021 4:28:03 PM

5 - 2021 Hungary Provisional Conference

April 23-24, Budapest, Hungary

5/6/2021 2:53:23 PM

6 - Online communion should not be here to stay

The church would risk further marginalizing shut-ins and others by denying them a physical experience of the Body of Christ.

5/6/2021 10:24:14 AM

7 - Church leaders urge stronger pandemic response

Encouraging compassion, Philippines church and society board calls on government to enforce quarantine rules, offer mass COVID-19 testing and provide coherent direction.

5/6/2021 10:18:00 AM

8 - Judicial Council releases more decisions

The United Methodist Church’s top court has been meeting via multiple Zoom meetings since late last year.

5/5/2021 1:56:45 PM

9 - An academic journey turns spiritual

Telling the stories of Jewish musicians who tried to bring hope to Nazi Germany concentration camps and ghettos has led musician Kellie D. Brown in a new direction. She’s training for the ministry.

5/5/2021 12:00:55 PM

10 - Grants go to fight COVID-19 in India

The escalating COVID-19 crisis in India will be addressed by The United Methodist Church through grants to entities there who have been partners in the past.

5/4/2021 2:42:46 PM

11 - WCA plans new denomination

The traditionalist Wesleyan Covenant Association met in person and online to shape a proposed Global Methodist Church and to blast certain United Methodist bishops for appointments decisions.

5/3/2021 4:08:10 PM

12 - Bishops: No episcopal elections until 2022

United Methodist bishops declined General Conference delegates’ calls for episcopal elections this year but opened the door to a vote on new leaders in 2022.

4/30/2021 5:24:04 PM

13 - Seeking gun violence remedies, policing reforms

Amid an escalation in shootings and murders in Philadelphia, Eastern Pennsylvania Conference hosts virtual events to address urban violence and policing in African American communities.

4/30/2021 11:50:53 AM

14 - Enduring racism, badgering, as a pastor

Black clergywoman persevered through obstacles at local church appointments.

4/29/2021 11:54:11 AM

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4/28/2021 4:49:17 PM

16 - Korean, Native faithful join to fight virus

National Network of Korean United Methodist Women members share necessities, masks and $8,000, and Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference churches host vaccination clinics.

4/28/2021 2:18:50 PM

17 - Faith is a verb

And the cross is a lifestyle. Retired pastor sums up his essential lessons while looking back on 97 years.

4/28/2021 1:00:59 PM

18 - Homeless ministry offers compassion in Kenyan slums

Along with receiving shelter, food, clothing and medical attention, vulnerable children and youth find love and understanding.

4/27/2021 11:17:01 AM

19 - Megachurch seeks exit over appointment strife

Leaders of the largest church in the North Georgia Conference say their pastor’s appointment process was mishandled. The bishop gives a different account.

4/26/2021 6:12:39 PM

20 - Bishops, delegates called to mission focus

At a time when many United Methodists feel stuck, Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey challenged church leaders to focus on what they can do instead.

4/26/2021 3:12:38 PM

21 - How churches can help former inmates adapt

A free series of evening webinars April 26-30 will offer advice to church members on how to support people returning from prison and help them find gainful employment.

4/26/2021 1:56:50 PM

22 - An urgent call for leadership

A group of delegates is advocating for special sessions of jurisdictional conferences to be called so new leaders may be elected.

4/23/2021 12:00:48 PM

23 - Lack of ruling adds to protocol concerns

With The United Methodist Church’s top court declining to rule in advance on the proposed separation plan, some are worried what this means for the legislation going forward.

4/23/2021 11:33:11 AM

24 - Leadership body invites church to vision work

As United Methodists wait for the postponed General Conference, the Connectional Table plans to host conversations about the church’s vision and mission.

4/22/2021 5:06:27 PM

25 - ‘Committed to caring for our future’

Agency leaders share statements about their commitment to the net-zero emissions initiative announced on Earth Day.

4/22/2021 10:19:50 AM

26 - Agencies set greenhouse gas emissions goal

Most United Methodist general agencies are committed to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, a goal announced on Earth Day.

4/22/2021 9:27:44 AM

27 - United Methodists react to Chauvin verdict

Church leaders praised the justice of the verdict against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd, but cautioned that much work lies ahead to overcome systemic racism.

4/21/2021 5:36:53 PM

28 - A shattered windshield, a shattered worldview

As a white teacher at a historically Black college, Carol Morrison thought of herself as a minority. A dramatic incident taught her how mistaken she was.

4/21/2021 12:35:50 PM

29 - Church partners with Mexican Consulate

Kingwood United Methodist of Houston provides space, volunteers for push to help Mexican citizens in the U.S. get Mexican passports and other documents.

4/20/2021 11:58:47 AM

30 - It’s never too late to do the right thing

Anita Campbell witnessed racism in college in the 1960s South, but stayed mostly quiet about it. The national anti-racism movement of the past year spurred her to speak out and get involved.

4/20/2021 11:43:55 AM

31 - Churches across theological spectrum exiting

Churches in Maine and Texas and the largest church in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference are in the process of severing ties with The United Methodist Church.

4/19/2021 12:56:08 PM

32 - Court won’t rule in advance on protocol legislation

As part of its first session since the pandemic started, the United Methodist Judicial Council issues nine more decisions from the current docket.

4/16/2021 6:38:59 PM

33 - 'I believe in the resurrection and reparations'

Conversation, education, and truth and reconciliation are needed in the struggle to dismantle racism.

4/15/2021 2:58:16 PM

34 - African bishops not united on church future

Three episcopal leaders from Africa signal they would go with a new traditionalist denomination if The United Methodist Church splits, but others aren’t joining in such statements.

4/14/2021 11:49:32 AM

35 - Caught in a twilight zone of change

Even after the passage of civil rights laws, a white teen found change slow to come in the rural South of the 1970s.

4/13/2021 12:22:26 PM

36 - Film puts Korean Americans center stage

The film “Happy Cleaners” takes a look at the lives of working-class Korean Americans and was written and directed by two United Methodists.

4/13/2021 10:46:48 AM

37 - Racial diversity linked to church growth

A study of more than 20,000 United Methodist churches in the U.S. found that multiracial churches had higher worship attendance over time.

4/8/2021 1:19:53 PM

38 - Virginia church contemplates racism in the ranks

Anonymous letters criticizing the appearance of its African associate pastor have led to self-reflection for a Virginia congregation and a “Do No Harm” campaign seeking changes in The United Methodist Church.

4/7/2021 8:21:01 AM

39 - Restructuring legislation gets a hearing

The drafters of the Christmas Covenant are leading webinars in the Philippines, Africa and Europe about their proposal for changing the denomination’s global structure.

4/6/2021 12:11:47 PM

40 - When one's enemy becomes one's neighbor

A traumatic childhood memory, repressed for 40 years, came back to force United Methodist deacon Constance Hastings to confront racism in her upbringing.

4/5/2021 1:34:19 PM

41 - Clergyman takes on QAnon through podcast

The Rev. Derek Kubilus lands on ‘60 Minutes’ after launching his own podcast about conspiracy theories.

4/5/2021 12:25:21 PM

42 - Celebrating and empowering women in Congo

United Methodist leaders roll out microcredit opportunities and training to help women and girls persevere during COVID-19 and conflict in the region.

3/31/2021 1:06:04 PM

43 - ‘You’ll ruin the neighborhood’

An African American woman recalls instances of racism while she and her husband were searching for housing in the 1950s and 1960s.

3/31/2021 12:41:31 PM

44 - Bishop Nhanala manages multiple crises

The first woman elected to the United Methodist episcopacy in Africa talks about the challenges that families, churches and communities are facing in Mozambique.

3/30/2021 12:06:09 PM

45 - ‘That's just the way it is.’

A pastor learned about segregation at an early age when she wanted to invite her entire class to her grade-school birthday pool party.

3/30/2021 11:19:08 AM

46 - Lingering pandemic enlivens Easter creativity

In this second year of the COVID-19 menace, United Methodist churches are embracing new ways to help people connect with Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection.

3/29/2021 1:52:28 PM

47 - Mission agency funds agriculture, refugee programs

Over three days of meetings, the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries approved allocations including $2 million for an agricultural fund honoring the late Bishop John K. Yambasu.

3/29/2021 12:50:39 PM

48 - Black caucus: Racism still challenges church

Holding its first virtual meeting due to the coronavirus pandemic, members of Black Methodists for Church Renewal discussed the “other” pandemic: racism.

3/26/2021 4:11:19 PM

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