NEWS AND FEATURES
Looking at financial impact of GC2020 plans
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UM News) — No matter what happens at General Conference, United Methodist financial leaders expect changes in funding. The finance agency board met to discuss some of the possibilities. Heather Hahn reports.
Alaska to ask GC2020 to be mission district
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Alaska Conference has voted to petition General Conference 2020 to discontinue its missionary conference status and make it a missionary district conference within the Pacific Northwest Conference. The move also requires the Western Jurisdiction’s approval. The Rev. Jim Doepken reports.
Alaska moves to become mission district
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Pioneering mathematician dead at 101
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Katherine Johnson, an African American mathematician who broke barriers at NASA and its predecessor, is dead at 101. The death of Johnson, who was raised Methodist, was announced by NASA on Feb. 24. She was one of a group of black women mathematicians celebrated in the 2016 movie “Hidden Figures.” Margalit Fox reports.
‘Hidden Figures’ mathematician raised Methodist
Northeastern bishops issue Lenten letter
FULTON, Md. (UM News) — In a Lenten letter, the bishops of the Northeastern Jurisdiction invite readers to a deep assessment of and prayer filled reflection on faithfulness and fruitfulness. “As we begin this Lenten journey, we are reminded of the mercy and forgiveness proclaimed in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the need we all have to renew our faith,” the bishops wrote.
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New Methodist Movement
Response to commentary on traditionalist meeting
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — An Alabama pastor has written a response to a commentary about a meeting of traditionalist United Methodists. The Rev. Paul Lawler, pastor of Christ United Methodist Church in Shelby County, penned the response to the Rev. Steve West. West wrote a Feb. 17 commentary about why he would stay with The United Methodist Church. Fifty-five other United Methodists co-signed Lawler’s blog, posted on the New Methodist Movement website.
Why I’m not leaving The United Methodist Church
Bishop’s book chronicles journey to Nepal
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — “Wandering Into Grace,” a new book by Iowa Conference Bishop Laurie Haller, looks at “wandering” as a way of life. She details how a 2018 hiking trip in Nepal gave her lessons for navigating difficult issues with grace, learning to adapt in a changing world, leading calmly and serving others with love. She encourages readers to look to God as the creator, sustainer and original wanderer.
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Cabinet members filed papers for new church group
Prague pastor goes ‘where God sends me’
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