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Local Church
Karen A. Henry, an attorney at Crossroads United Methodist Church, Compton, Calif., explains how she helped her pastor and congregation start expungement clinics during a workshop at the 2018 National Prison Summit in Nashville, Tenn. Expungement refers to the process of sealing arrest and conviction records to help ex-offenders find employment and housing. Photo by Kathy L. Gilbert, UMNS.

Small church helps ex-offenders return to society

Crossroads United Methodist Church in Compton, California, found expungement clinics have re-energized their church.
Local Church
Members of a United Methodist delegation from Iowa and staff from Africa University pose in front of the Ubuntu Center, a retreat and meeting facility at the United Methodist-related institution in Mutare, Zimbabwe. Photo by Eveline Chikwanah.

Bishop visits AU center she helped build

Bishop Laurie Haller led an Iowa delegation to visit Africa University’s Ubuntu Center, the product of a fundraising effort she led while she was a district superintendent in Michigan.
Local Church
The Rev. Eugene Peterson lectures at University Presbyterian Church in Seattle. The scholar and pastor’s influence extends far beyond his home denomination. 2009 file photo by Clappstar, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Eugene Peterson, Bible popularizer, dies

United Methodists remember the scholar and pastor whose paraphrase The Message, helped millions look at the Bible anew.
General Church
The Rev. Steve Wood presents information on the general church budget to the fellow board members of the General Council on Finance and Administration. Rick King, the agency’s chief financial officer, is at left. The board is recommending substantially cutting the 2021-24 general-church budget in hopes of keeping more funds in U.S. local churches. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS.

Board moves to slash general church funds

The finance agency board set a starting point that would cut more than $105 million from the general church budget in 2021-2024.

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