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Asbury Memorial Church in Savannah, Ga., is leaving The United Methodist Church in support of LGBTQ inclusion. The church, with more than 300 members, is the first since 2016 to leave expressly in opposition to the denomination’s bans on same-sex weddings and “self-avowed practicing” gay clergy. Photo courtesy of Asbury Memorial Church.

Church exits denomination for LGBTQ equality

The United Methodist Church has seen multiple disaffiliations lately, but a Georgia church is the first in recent years to leave expressly in support of its LGBTQ members.
Church Growth
The congregation of the new Levuma United Methodist Church meets for worship in a corridor of a member’s home. Pastor Joseph Turay said he hopes to one day have a church large enough to accommodate all who want to attend. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UM News.

Community project births new congregation

Development work helps United Methodism grow in rural Sierra Leone village and now members are setting their sights on a new church building.
Local Church
Linda Dobbyn, a parishioner at Vincennes First United Methodist Church in Vincennes, Ind., uses a new service called Sermon by Phone to listen to a sermon by the Rev.  Matt Swisher titled “Leading by Serving.” Photo by Richard Dobbyn.

Churches weigh options to reach seniors

In some small or rural churches, snail mail and telephones are still playing a big role in staying in touch with members of the congregation.
Local Church
Under the U.S. CARES Act, churches are eligible to apply for small business loans to keep staff on the payroll at a time the coronavirus is causing nationwide shutdowns. The loans are on a first-come, first-served basis. Photo by Nattanan Kanchanaprat, courtesy of Pixabay; adapted by Laurens Glass, UM News.

How a new law helps churches amid COVID-19

Under the U.S. CARES Act, churches are eligible to apply for small business loans to keep staff on the payroll and utilities functioning. Here is how the program works.

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