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Leaders of Wespath, the denomination’s pension agency, met with central conference representatives in Königswinter, Germany. Photo by Klaus U. Ruof, The United Methodist Church in Germany.

Wespath talks pensions at Germany meeting

Officials of the United Methodist Church’s pension and health benefits agency met with central conference representatives to discuss pension plan sustainability in a challenging period for the denomination.
General Agencies
United Methodist bishops hold hands in prayer during a day of prayer for the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis. The General Council on Finance and Administration board approved a monthly stipend for active bishops who have led more than one episcopal area since January 2021. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Extra pay approved for bishops with extra workloads

The board of The United Methodist Church’s finance agency has approved a monthly stipend for active bishops who serve more than one episcopal area in this time of disruption.
General Agencies
Harriet Olson, General Secretary and CEO of United Women in Faith (formerly United Methodist Women), speaks during the 2022 United Women in Faith Assembly in Orlando, Fla., on May 22. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Women 'Turn It Up' at Assembly 2022

More than 3,000 gathered at the Orange County Convention Center and online for United Women in Faith’s Assembly 2022, held May 20-22. The event celebrating the work of the church’s women’s organization included speakers, worship and the consecration of deaconesses and home missioners.
Mission and Ministry
Farmers harvest rice in Pujehun, southern Sierra Leone in January. The farm is part of the Bishop Yambasu Agriculture Initiative, named in honor of late Bishop John K. Yambasu. During its virtual spring meeting, the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries approved $3.5 million to support the program’s agricultural projects. File photo by Phileas Jusu, UM News.

More church support for African agriculture

During a virtual meeting of United Methodist Global Ministries, church leaders voted to continue supporting the Bishop Yambasu Agricultural Initiative and other long-term priorities, such as global health, disaster response and migrant workers.

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