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Faith Stories
Rep. Delia Ramírez Hernández (D-Ill.) was elected Nov. 8, 2022, to serve in the 118th U.S. Congress as its first United Methodist Latino woman. Her husband, Boris Hernández, supports Ramírez Hernández in her political career and in the service that she provides to the communities that she represents. Photo courtesy of Delia Ramirez.

First United Methodist Latina sworn into US Congress

Rep. Delia Ramírez Hernández (D-Ill.) was sworn into the 118th U.S. Congress on Jan. 7. She grew up attending Humboldt Park United Methodist Church in Chicago and has been a leader in the denomination.
Local Church
A group of United Methodists who are sticking with the denomination, despite their local church having chosen to disaffiliate, gathers at a home in Cisco, Texas, on Nov. 6 to watch a worship service from the First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth. The Central Texas Conference is supporting such groups and calling them Oasis Fellowships. Photo courtesy of the Central Texas Conference. Photo by Greg Qualls.

Conferences reach out to those grieving disaffiliation

In various ways, U.S. annual conferences are offering support to faithful United Methodists who were on the losing side of a local church vote to disaffiliate.
General Church
With some congregations considering leaving The United Methodist Church or just wondering about its future, Ask The UMC offers a series of questions and answers to help clear up some common misperceptions or misinformation around disaffiliation. Graphic by Laurens Glass, United Methodist Communications.

Ask The UMC: Is The United Methodist Church really... ? Part 7

In Part 7, the team tackles inquiries related to Paragraph 2553; the settlement agreement with Boy Scouts of America for congregations that disaffiliate; and charge conference membership for retired clergy.