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The choir of Red Mountain United Methodist Church in Mesa, Ariz., sings "Jesus at the Center" during opening worship of the online special session of the Western Jurisdiction on July 17. Both the Western Jurisdiction and Southeastern Jurisdiction have held special sessions in recent days and taken up questions that affect the church’s future. Screengrab courtesy of the Western Jurisdiction via Zoom by UM News.

2 jurisdictions plan for church future

The United Methodist Southeastern Jurisdiction approved the union of two annual conferences, and the Western Jurisdiction looked at the role of bishops.
Bishops
United Methodist bishops process into the opening worship service for the 2019 special General Conference in St. Louis. The five U.S. jurisdictions have made public their episcopal supervision plans outlining where U.S. bishops will serve in this interim time before elections scheduled for next year. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

US bishops take on expanded assignments

With 11 United Methodist bishops retiring or stepping into new roles ahead of next year’s elections, all five U.S. jurisdictions will see changes in episcopal supervision in the interim.
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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.
Bishops
The Holston Conference’s Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor embraces the Rev. David Graves following his election as United Methodist bishop at the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference in 2016. On April 30, the Council of Bishops affirmed its decision to delay electing any new leaders until after the postponed General Conference. File photo by Annette Spence, Holston Conference.

Bishops’ election plans draw mixed reaction

Many General Conference delegates praised the bishops for retracting an earlier recommendation of four-year hold on United Methodist elections. But some still have misgivings about a delay until 2022.

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