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The Revs. Terra Amundson (left) and Catie Newman of the Iowa Conference discuss church response to flooding in the Missouri River basin in Hornick, Iowa. Amundson is superintendent of the Southwest District and Newman is disaster response coordinator for the conference. Photo by Arthur McClanahan, Iowa Conference.
Photo by Arthur McClanahan, Iowa Conference

Flood victims savor 'God moments'

Disaster response teams are making progress with flood relief in the northern central U.S., but some areas may still get more water if snow melts too fast.

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The Rev. Heather Sinclair anoints Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton at the beginning of a time of healing prayer and anointing at the close of a special session of the New York Annual Conference at Purchase College, State University of New York. Photo by Stephanie Parsons.

New York, New Jersey conferences confer on GC2019

Inaugural conference special sessions address concerns over pain, distrust caused by denomination-wide vote.
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The Book of Discipline contains the rules that guide The United Methodist Church. Only General Conference can change the book, which is revised after each meeting of the conference. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

List of GC2019 petitions under court review

Downloadable PDF lists approved changes to the Book of Discipline that will be reviewed by the Judicial Council in April.
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The Rev. Gary W. Graves, secretary of the General Conference, speaks to the press following the conclusion of the special session in St. Louis. To the right is Bishop Kenneth H. Carter. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Task force to investigate GC2019 voting

General Conference organizers have named a 12-member task force to look into potential voting irregularities at the special session.

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Bishop Kenneth H. Carter gives the sermon during opening worship for the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.
Bishop Kenneth H. Carter gives the sermon during opening worship for the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Ask The UMC: What Happened at General Conference?

Amid growing concerns for the denomination’s future, the 2016 General Conference authorized the formation of a commission to deal with church teachings on homosexuality and find ways to help the church stay together. The Commission on a Way Forward submitted proposals that were considered by the delegates at the 2019 special called General Conference.

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