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Three crosses stand above the cemetery at Israel United Methodist Church near Montrose, W.Va. This year, United Methodist churches are having to show extra creativity in observing Easter and all of Holy Week because of closed buildings and other restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Churches improvise as different Holy Week looms

With COVID-19 restrictions in place, United Methodists will gather online for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter, keeping the faith in ways old and new.
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Bishop Sally Dyck presides over a discussion of the church budget during the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. With the next General Conference delayed until 2021, the board of the denomination’s finance agency decided it had no choice but to continue with the apportionment formula approved in 2016. File photo by Maile Bradfield, UM News.

Wrestling with budget after GC2020 postponed

Finance leaders decided they had no choice but to extend the 2016 General Conference’s budget directives. But they also recognize the financial challenges caused by COVID-19.
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The Rev. William B. Lawrence.  Photo by H. Jackson/Southern Methodist University.

Possible steps after General Conference delay

A global pandemic has postponed General Conference, but the former Judicial Council president argues there is still work that cannot wait a year.
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Bishop Pedro M. Torio Jr., Baguio Area, Philippines, takes part in the Spring 2017 meeting of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries at its Atlanta headquarters. The coronavirus outbreak prohibited Torio and his fellow board members from gathering there for their most recent meeting. Instead, they met online March 20. File photo by Cynthia Mack, Global Ministries.

No travel? Not a problem for mission board

Across time zones, directors of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries made a virtual trip to Atlanta for their spring meeting.

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