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Filipino bishops Ciriaco Q. Francisco (from left), Pedro Torio Jr., Rodolfo A. Juan and Emerito Nacpil (retired) pray during a 2013 meeting of the Council of Bishops. In response to the coronavirus, the active bishops postponed 17 annual conferences in the Philippines indefinitely. File photo by Andrew Jensen.

Coronavirus disrupts 17 Filipino annual conference sessions

Due to the threat of the coronavirus and quarantines in the region, the annual gatherings have been postponed indefinitely.
General Church
Bishop Samuel J. Quire Jr. leads discussion at a meeting of the Liberia Annual Conference in Ganta. The conference approved a resolution calling for changes to the Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace through Separation, one of the plans headed to the 2020 United Methodist General Conference. Photo by E Julu Swen, UM News.

Liberians want changes in separation plan

An African conference’s resolution calls for major amendments to a plan to let traditionalist groups leave The United Methodist Church to form a new denomination.
Evangelism
Josiane Bahi, 33, holds her 1-year-old granddaughter, Grâce Debra, at Ampain Ivorian Refugee Camp in Ampain, Ghana, where Bahi, a United Methodist, has resided since 2012. Her granddaughter was among more than 540 children who received a gift on Christmas Day from The United Methodist Church in Côte d'Ivoire. Photo by Isaac Broune, UM News.

Children at refugee camp get Christmas surprise

A delegation from The United Methodist Church in Côte d'Ivoire delivered more than 540 toys to a refugee camp in Ghana on Christmas Day.
General Church
Prayer is part of a morning business meeting during the 2019 East Ohio Annual Conference. Photo by Brett Hetherington, East Ohio Conference.

Conferences mull denomination’s future

During summer regional meetings, U.S. United Methodists discussed splitting or sticking with the denomination.

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