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Rick Reinhard. Photo by Valerie Smallwood.

A call to examine United Methodist real estate

As more houses of worship close or seek to redevelop their property, individual congregations must collect and assess data to determine their future.
Faith Stories
Frank Luchsinger laughs at an exchange between Janet Gray and Dave Allen during a visit at Gray’s home in Franklin, Tenn. The two men, both of whom outlived their wives, spend their Tuesdays together, visiting church members on the prayer list at Brentwood (Tenn.) United Methodist Church. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Leveraging faith to walk through grief

Two United Methodists relied on their faith to help them grieve their wives' deaths as they discover new life paths.
Local Church
The North Georgia Conference is suing Mt. Bethel Church after attempts at mediation failed. The suit is seeking that the court require the transfer of all assets to the conference. Photo by Wendy Parker, East Cobb News.

Conference sues for control of megachurch

After a failed attempt at mediation, the North Georgia Conference trustees have sued Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church seeking the transfer of assets.
Local Church
The Rev. Paula Smith (second from left) steadies a cart while volunteers Tim Morgan (in green T-shirt) and Richard Wilson load box lunches for distribution at Gordon Memorial United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn. A new study by Gammon Theological Seminary explores the pandemic’s impact on Black United Methodist churches and leaders. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Research shows Black churches’ resilience

Gammon Theological Seminary president lauds innovation and adaptability of Black United Methodist congregations in coping with the unprecedented challenges posed by COVID-19.

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