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Gilbert C. Hanke reflects on nearly 12 years as the chief executive of United Methodist Men from his office at the agency in Nashville, Tenn. He will retire after a new leader is selected. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Hanke looks back at UM Men tenure

As he prepares for retirement, the longtime United Methodist Men leader reflects on his accomplishments, including helping thousands of men take part in weekly virtual class meetings.
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With giving to denomination-wide ministries varying widely, collections seem to indicate conferences are paying at the rates in the proposed general church budget heading to General Conference next year. However, with General Conference delayed, that proposed budget is not in effect. Image by Steve Buissinne, courtesy of Pixabay.

Finance board gets update on giving, reserves

U.S. giving to United Methodist ministries was lower in early 2021 compared to the same period in 2020. However, collection rates varied widely among church funds.
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The parking lot of the United Methodist Publishing House in Nashville, Tenn., stands empty on Friday, May 1, 2020. The self-supporting agency recently entered a purchase agreement with an investment firm expected to lease the office space to the public. That move, combined with better sales of church resources as the pandemic lifts in the U.S., has brightened the Publishing House’s financial picture. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Publishing House rebounds

Thanks to better sales as the pandemic eases in the U.S., as well as a real estate move, the United Methodist Publishing House appears in better shape financially.
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Spring flowers bloom in a farm field near Ashland City, Tenn., in 2020. Agencies of The United Methodist Church are committed to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, a goal announced on Earth Day. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Agencies set greenhouse gas emissions goal

Most United Methodist general agencies are committed to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, a goal announced on Earth Day.

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