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The Rev. Adam Hamilton speaks at a press conference following the UMCNext gathering at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kan. He was one of a 17-member convening team for an event that brought together U.S. United Methodists who oppose the Traditional Plan. Photo by David Burke, Great Plains Conference.

Planning new directions for the church

What united those at UMCNext was a desire for inclusion of LGBTQ Christians in all aspects of life in the church.

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Social Concerns
Sithembiso Nyoni, Zimbabwe’s Women and Youth Affairs minister, visits a booth at a recent economic expo hosted by The United Methodist Church in Marange, Zimbabwe. Nyoni was the guest of honor at the event, which aimed to offer business opportunities to people living in rural communities. Photo by Priscilla Muzerengwa, UMNS.

Church aims to empower Zimbabwe’s poorest

Business expo, local markets provide opportunities to people living in poverty in rural communities.
Annual Conferences
Clockwise from top left: Bishop Samuel J. Quire Jr., 2018 Liberia Annual Conference, photo by E Julu Swen; worship team at 2015 California-Nevada Annual Conference, photo by Koua Vang; chalices and bread at 2015 Dakotas Annual Conference, photo courtesy of the conference; Bishop Rosemarie Wenner, 2015 Germany South Annual Conference, photo by Klaus Ulrich Ruof; attendees of 2017 Kentucky Annual Conference, photo by Kathleen Barry.

Church future focus of annual conferences

Ministry with LGBTQ people could be the No. 1 topic at United Methodist annual conferences, judging from resolutions filed about this issue.
Social Concerns
Local activists, religious leaders, and family members gather on the steps of the Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Paul, Minn., in support of Nelson Pinos, who has been living in sanctuary at First and Summerfield United Methodist Church in New Haven, Conn. Photo by Mary Elizabeth Smith.

Church awaits decision on sanctuary guest appeal

After hearing, Connecticut United Methodists are praying that federal court will reopen immigration case of Nelson Pinos.

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