NEWS AND FEATURES
Bishops warned their funding imperiled
LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. (UM News) — Church financial leaders sounded the alarm at the fall meeting of the Council of Bishops. Without any changes, the fund that supports the bishops will run out of money in five years. Heather Hahn reports.
Vulnerable children thrive at Ugandan school
LUGALA, Uganda (UM News) — Deacon Joseph Zalambi of Grace United Methodist Church-Magooli in eastern Uganda said he was called by God to open a school for vulnerable and orphaned children. The result is Magooli Academy for Children, which has 86 students enrolled, 60 of whom are orphans fully supported by the school. Vivian Agaba reports.
Camping equipment theft devastates ministry
MARYVILLE, Tenn. — Trailers packed with supplies and games for children were stolen from a secluded lot at Fairview United Methodist Church. The $60,000 worth of supplies were donated by church members for Camp in the Community, a day camp for impoverished neighborhoods started by Whitney Winston in 2011. Winston is devastated but starting to raise funds for the 2020 camp set to begin June 7. Annette Spence has the story.
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Comparing plans headed to GC2020
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A new chart summarizes and compares proposals that have been submitted from various groups to General Conference 2020 about the future of The United Methodist Church. The chart does not include plans from individuals and may be updated after all legislation is published.
National Council of Churches
Philippines government targets church council
WASHINGTON — The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA has expressed “the greatest alarm and concern” that the Department of National Defense of the Philippine Government has listed the National Council of Churches in the Philippines as a “front organization” for local communist terrorist groups. “This outrageous and unacceptable targeting of the NCCP is reminiscent of the repression during the darkest years of the Marcos dictatorship,” the U.S. ecumenical council stated. The United Methodist Church is a member of both councils.
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Council of Bishops
Board, agency assignment of bishops announced
LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. — The Council of Bishops has announced the assignment of bishops to the boards and agencies of The United Methodist Church for the 2020-2024 quadrennium. The bishops will begin their assignments at the organizational meeting of each agency or board after the 2020 jurisdictional and central conferences.
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Help for Haitians stymied by political unrest
Faithful giving in a time of change
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