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2019 Sierra Leone Annual Conference

Jan. 23-27, Freetown, Sierra Leone
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Delegates and bishops join in prayer at the front of the stage before a key vote on church policies about homosexuality during the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

GC2019 maps uncertain way forward

More than 53 percent of General Conference delegates approved the Traditional Plan, but how much of the plan will take effect is unknown.
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Washington Street United Methodist Church in Petersburg, Va., is back open after closing for two weeks in January as it searched for new insurance coverage. Washington Street was among the United Methodist churches that got higher premium notices just before Christmas from United Methodist Insurance, a subsidiary of the denomination's General Council on Finance and Administration. Photo courtesy of Washington Street United Methodist Church.

Premium hikes have churches scrambling

Churches and conferences are unhappy about higher premium notices from United Methodist Insurance that arrived just before Christmas.
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Agencies are looking at what planned cuts to apportionments will mean for their work, their staff and the people they serve. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Deciding what budget cuts mean for ministry

United Methodist general agencies are looking at how they can tighten their belts as they face plans to cut the general church budget by more than 20 percent.

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