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Bishop Harald Rückert of Germany announces the support of bishops in Africa, Europe and the Philippines for the proposed U.S. regional conference. He made the announcement toward the end of the Nov. 3-6 Council of Bishops meeting in Lake Junaluska, N.C. Photo by Sam Hodges, UM News.

Bishops’ group backs US regional conference

Bishops from Africa, Europe and the Philippines announced support for the proposed new structure for U.S. decision-making.
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Kevin Dunn presents an overview of U.S. United Methodist membership data to the General Council on Finance and Administration board during its Nov. 15 meeting in Nashville, Tenn. He is the agency’s director of data services. Among the bright spots he pointed to was the church’s growth in Hispanic and multiracial members. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UM News.

US dips below majority of membership

United Methodist leaders project that by now at least half of the denomination lives outside the U.S.
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Per-Endre Bjørnevik (left), a General Council on Finance and Administration board member from Norway, receives communion from the Rev. Steve Wood, board member from the North Georgia Conference. During the board meeting Nov. 14-15 in Nashville, Tenn., the GCFA board responded to a letter from European bishops objecting to cuts to office expenses. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UM News.

4 bishops dispute planned budget cuts

Bishops in Europe object to slashed support for their offices in the first quarter of 2020. The denomination’s finance agency says the cuts are needed.