General Church

Social Concerns
Bridget Cabrera. Photo courtesy of the Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA).

Political categories don’t capture work ahead

The United Methodist Church risks the same errors of the past if it keeps dividing itself into different factions, writes the head of the Methodist Federation for Social Action.
Social Concerns
Lonnie D. Brooks Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Centrist-progressive coalition could soon unravel

United Methodist centrists and progressives have made common cause in working for the inclusion of LGBTQ people in church life, but a veteran General Conference delegate thinks the coalition could be short-lived.
Annual Conferences
With some congregations considering leaving The United Methodist Church or just wondering about its future, Ask The UMC offers a series of questions and answers to help clear up some common misperceptions or misinformation around disaffiliation. Graphic by Laurens Glass, United Methodist Communications.

Ask The UMC: Is The United Methodist Church really... ? Part 8

In Part 8 of its series, the Ask The UMC team tackles more inquiries related to Paragraph 2553, including what happens when the paragraph expires at the end of the year.
General Church
Worshippers attend Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia. The AME Church now has a retirement plan with Wespath Benefits and Investments, The United Methodist Church’s pension and benefits agency. The program is allowing the AME Church to get a fresh start after a crisis in its pension system. Photo by R. Kennedy for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®.

Wespath expands services to Methodist kin

The United Methodist Church’s pension agency is now offering retirement benefits to both the African Methodist Episcopal Church and Global Methodist Church — building closer ties in a time of upheaval.

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