Can a pastor deny a person membership? Plenary will debate

By a one-vote margin (29-28), the local church legislation committee will ask a plenary session to add a clause making it clear that the decision about an individual’s readiness to affirm the vows of membership rests with the pastor.
Under the proposal, a person who is denied membership may appeal that decision to the Pastor-Parish or Staff-Parish Relations Committee.

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Minju Cindy Oh. Photo courtesy of Minju Cindy Oh.

Korean peninsula and 'Amazing Grace with Peace'

A Korean-American high school student writes about her grandfather's longing to meet his family in North Korea and how that inspires her to work for the peace movement.
The Rev. David Maldonado. Video image courtesy of IMU Latina (Iglesia Metodista Unida Latina) via YouTube by UM News.

Dangerous combination: Virus, poverty, immigration

It is imperative that the church inform and educate its membership with regard to the vulnerability of the immigrants within our communities, writes a United Methodist clergyman.
The Rev. John Oda, director of the Asian American Language Ministry Program, Global Ministries. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

COVID-19 support for Asian American churches

The Asian American Language Ministry Plan’s COVID-19 Resiliency Fund is helping local churches thrive during the pandemic.