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Christine Dodson asks a question at the General Council on Finance and Administration board meeting on July 18 in Dallas. Dodson serves as vice president of GCFA’s board and is treasurer of the North Carolina Conference. She and fellow board members discussed reduced giving across the church since General Conference 2019, a contentious event that underscored the church’s divisions over how accepting to be of homosexuality. Photo by Sam Hodges, UM News.
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Apportionment collection rates down after GC2019

Denomination’s finance agency reports declines in giving through June across the seven general church funds.

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Evangelism
Phyllis Terwilliger takes note of the height of tomato stakes at The Giving Garden, a ministry of Franklin (Tenn.) First United Methodist Church that donates the food grown there to people in need. She and her husband, the Rev. Mark Terwilliger, from Countryside Community Church, a United Methodist fellowship in Clarks Summit, Pa., were attending the 2019 United Methodist Creation Care Summit in Nashville, Tenn. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Urgency needed to combat climate change

United Methodists agreed at a conference on climate change that the church must be more systemic and aggressive to help keep the planet Earth supporting human life.
Local Church
Thanos, a prominent villain in Marvel comic books who was featured in several theatrical movies, was created by Jim Starlin with help from his roommate Mike Friedrich, who wrote the first stories featuring the character. Photo courtesy of Disney Movies.

Deacon went from superheroes to God

The Rev. Mike Friedrich is a United Methodist deacon with a Marvel-ous past. These days, the former comic book writer works to redevelop church properties in the California-Nevada Conference.
Annual Conferences
United Methodist conference reports. Find out what’s happening across the connection. Read official filings of annual and central conference meetings from around the world. Graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News; globe by Mediengestalter courtesy of Pixabay.

United Methodist conference reports

Find out what’s happening across the connection. Read official filings of annual conference meetings from around the world.

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