NEWS AND FEATURES
Apportionment collection rates down after GC2019
DALLAS (UM News) — The General Council on Finance and Administration board, meeting here July 18-19, learned that financial support for general church work is down compared with last year. Some churches have withheld funds to protest passage of the Traditional Plan at the 2019 General Conference. The board decided to keep bishops’ salaries for 2020 at the 2019 level. Sam Hodges reports.
Rural churches lead community transformation
PARIS, Tenn. — Nineteen rural congregations were awarded a $10,000 grant from Martin Methodist College to start a summer literacy program teaching children to read. The six-week program is changing lives.
Northern Illinois Conference
Seminary collaborates with Hispanic youth group
EVANSTON, Ill. — Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, a United Methodist school, is collaborating with the Hispanic Youth Leadership Academy for an Aug. 6-10 program on campus for Hispanic/Latino college students.
Volunteers lauded for contributions to nursing home
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. — Volunteers from Coronado Community United Methodist Church have been serving at Ocean View Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for 35 years. Recently they were surprised by being recognized as “volunteers of the year” by the facility. Jordan Chronister reports.
Council of Bishops
Diverse group addresses impasse in church
CHICAGO — Three United Methodist bishops from the central conferences in Africa and Europe convened a meeting of United Methodist leaders who identify as progressives, conservatives and centrists to discuss the impasse regarding full inclusion of LGBTQ persons in the denomination.
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World Council of Churches
Praying for Korean peace on Aug. 11
GENEVA — The Korean Christian Federation Central Committee (North Korea) and the National Council of Churches in Korea (South Korea) have composed their annual joint prayer for peaceful reunification of the Korean Peninsula for 2019. The World Council of Churches encourages churches to translate this prayer into their national languages and observe a Sunday of Prayer for the Peaceful Reunification of the Korean Peninsula on Aug. 11.
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Youth help impoverished peers in Angola
Deacon went from superheroes to God
Sunday, July 28
Summer worship series at Lake Junaluska