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Social Concerns
Clergy members gather in prayer during a vigil at McKendree United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn., to grieve and remember people lost to acts of racism. The United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race is launching a major initiative on combatting racism on Juneteenth, an American holiday commemorating the emancipation of remaining enslaved African Americans on June 19, 1865. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Renewed vigor in the fight against racism

As United Methodists look toward a General Conference in the city where George Floyd died, they are recommitting themselves to fighting racism.
General Church
Bishops join hands in prayer during the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis. In most cases, bishops who planned to retire this year or early next year are staying until new bishop elections can be held. File photo by Kathleen Barry, UM News.

Delay in elections upends bishops’ plans

With the election of new bishops postponed until 2021 and 2022, those scheduled to retire are making plans for the interim.
Trustees of Southern Methodist University in Dallas voted to remove United Methodist Bishop Scott Jones from their board after he joined the South Central Jurisdictional Conference’s lawsuit against the school. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons.

Bishop Jones removed from SMU board

The Texas Conference leader was ousted by fellow trustees after he joined the South Central Jurisdictional Conference’s lawsuit against the school.
General Church
Bishop Robert Schnase presents a motion during an online meeting of the United Methodist Council of Bishops calling for a task force to look at ways to bring financial sustainability to the Episcopal Fund. Screenshot of Zoom meeting via Facebook by UM News.

Bishops look at financial sustainability

The fund that supports bishops’ work is at risk of depletion in four years. The bishops plan to form a strategy to prevent that.

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