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Bishops Scott Jones (right) and Kasap Owan (center) celebrate the closing worship at the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s global celebration Nov. 3 in Marietta, Ga. Photo by Kathy L. Gilbert, UMNS.

WCA plans new Methodist movement

The Wesleyan Covenant Association began working on a contingency plan for creating a new Methodist movement. The plan depends on decisions from the 2019 General Conference.
Connectional Table
The Connectional Table opens its Oct. 31-Nov. 2 meeting in Atlanta with Holy Communion. From left, the Rev. Mike Slaughter receives the sacrament from Bishop Christian Alsted, Connectional Table chair, and the Rev. Kennetha Bigham-Tsai, chief connectional ministries office. Photo by Emily Clemons, Connectional Table.

Leaders affirm move toward new U.S. structure

Connectional Table members are developing a two-step process they hope will help lead to a decision-making body that deals with exclusively U.S. issues.
Connectional Table
Connectional Table members talk about ways to strengthen relationships across all levels of the denomination. Pictured from left are the Rev. Ole Birch of Denmark, Benedita Penicela-Nhambiu of Mozambique and Michelle Hettman of the Virginia Conference. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS.

Some church leaders say rethink budget cuts

The Connectional Table sends letter to the United Methodist finance agency, raising concerns about changes that could slash agency funding.

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