“We would have expected that such drastic measures of cuts would only be applied to episcopal areas where their annual conferences do not fulfill a payment of apportionment at 100%.” — Letter from European bishops, objecting to cuts in office support from the Episcopal Fund.
NEWS AND FEATURES
4 bishops dispute planned budget cuts
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UM News) — Bishops in Europe object to reduced financial support for their offices budgeted for early next year. The United Methodist finance agency says such cuts are necessary. At heart, the dispute is about how to handle the denomination’s financial strains. Heather Hahn reports.
Bishops warned their funding imperiled
United Methodist teen advocates for abused children
HARARE, Zimbabwe (UM News) — Melody Rudairo Nyamadzi, a junior Parliament representative and member of the United Methodist Youth Fellowship at St. Dorcas United Methodist Church, is urging the church in Zimbabwe to listen to young people and offer a safe space for abused children. The Rev. Taurai Emmanuel Maforo has the story.
South Georgia Conference
Student athlete lives faith on and off the court
BRUNSWICK, Ga. — If you look closely at Madie Bunge’s wrist, you’ll see “P4:13.” It’s a reminder she can do all things through Christ, who strengthens her. Bunge, a senior on the College of Coastal Georgia’s volleyball team, writes the verse on the inside of her wrist before each match. Kara Witherow profiles this student athlete of deep faith.
New 2019 annual conference reports
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UM News) — United Methodist News is posting annual conference reports. New reports from the central conferences include Zambia and Kenya-Ethiopia.
General Council on Finance and Administration
Task force publishes report on agency reserves
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Reserves Task Force, appointed by the board of the denomination’s finance agency, has released its report on general agency reserves. The summary includes charts of agency net assets at the end of 2018 and projections for 2019.
See report (PDF)
Church reserves funds under a microscope
Thursday, Nov. 21