General Agencies

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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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Liturgical dancers participate in the Dec. 18 dedication of the Manila Agency Center in the Philippines, along with area bishops (left) and other guests. Photo by Tim Tanton, UMNS.

Agencies open ministry center in Philippines

The United Methodist Board of Global Ministries and United Methodist Communications are strengthening their presence in Southeast Asia with new office in Manila.
General Church
Bishop Minerva Carcaño asks a question during the board meeting of the General Council on Finance and Administration held at Providence United Methodist Church in Mount Juliet, Tenn. on Nov. 16, 2018. Pictured (from left) are Kenneth Ow, Carcaño, and the Rev. Anthony Tang. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Finance board moves ahead with budget cuts

Despite a request from some church leaders to reconsider, the denomination is still looking at sizable cuts to its 2021-2024 general church budget.
Social Concerns
Delegates and guests sing during closing worship at the Roundtable for Peace on the Korean Peninsula at Grace United Methodist Church in Atlanta. Front row, from left are: Bishop John Higon Eun, American Conference of the Korean Methodist Church; the Rev. Chongho James Kim, First United Methodist Church of Flushing, N.Y.; the Rev. Kim Sei Hwan, Korean Church of Atlanta United Methodist Church; and Bishop Hee-Soo Jung, Wisconsin Conference of The United Methodist Church. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Finding new urgency in quest for peace in Korea

Methodist-led gathering of religious leaders in Atlanta sees both optimism and urgency in efforts to end 70-year division on Korean Peninsula.

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