Connectional Table

Global Health
The Connectional Table, a United Methodist leadership body, identifies COVID-19 vaccine distribution as a missional priority for the denomination. The move aims to strengthen ongoing efforts to get shots in arms. Photo by Arek Socha, courtesy of Pixabay; graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

COVID-19 vaccination named missional priority

The Connectional Table, which acts as a church council for the denomination, boosts United Methodist efforts to get people around the globe inoculated against COVID-19.
General Church
The General Conference of The United Methodist Church was originally scheduled to meet last year in Minneapolis. With COVID-19 still a threat, questions remain about whether General Conference can go forward as planned Aug. 29-Sept. 7, whether in Minneapolis or online. Photo by Krivit Photography, courtesy of Meet Minneapolis; image of laptop by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications; graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

A virtual General Conference faces hurdles

The chair of the General Conference commission recently outlined the challenges facing organizers of the United Methodist legislative assembly.
General Church
A delegate handles prayer beads during prayer at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. With the coronavirus delaying the 2020 General Conference, church leaders hope United Methodists can experience more time to pray and be the church. File photo by Paul Jeffrey, UM News.

In GC2020 delay, leaders see needed pause

General Conference delegates and bishops see the postponement as necessary. Responding to COVID-19 pandemic now takes priority.
General Church
A diverse, 16-member group of United Methodist bishops and other leaders offered a proposal that would preserve The United Methodist Church while allowing traditionalist-minded congregations to form a new denomination. The nine-page “Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation” was released Jan. 3. Graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Reaction aplenty to separation plan

United Methodists offer a range of views on proposal that would address divisions over homosexuality by letting traditionalists form their own denomination.

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