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Worship
Bible scholar Paul Franklyn helps lead the Friendship Sunday school class of Belmont United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn., by video conference Sunday, March 15, 2020, after church leadership encouraged people to worship from home in response to the coronavirus. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Ask The UMC: How can we be in ministry when we cannot be together?

While nothing replaces being physically together in ministry, there are tools to help us remain connected when it is impossible for us to meet safely.
Local Church
The Rev. Eric Folkerth, senior pastor of Kessler Park United Methodist Church in Dallas is recorded with a cell phone during a service March 15. The church is livestreaming their services on Facebook due to the coronavirus or COVID0-19. Photo by Brett Shipp, courtesy of Kessler Park United Methodist Church.

Ask The UMC: How can we livestream worship legally?

Copyrighted materials cannot be livestreamed legally without written permission from a copyright holder or a streaming license covering that content. A streaming license is not part of a standard CCLI or OneLicense license. It must be obtained in addition to other licenses you may have.
General Conference
Spare voting machines rest on a table at the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Ask The UMC: How are decisions made at General Conference?

General Conference is the highest legislative body in The United Methodist Church. It usually convenes once every four years to determine the denomination’s future direction.
Theology and Education
Lent is a journey of preparation for following the way of Jesus. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Ask The UMC: What is Lent and why does it last forty days?

Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday.

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