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Delegates from the Philippines bow their heads during a day of prayer at the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis. A group of Filipino United Methodists have submitted a plan to the 2020 General Conference that calls for church unity, not division. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UM News.

Filipino legislation calls for church unity

The plan, the first to emerge from outside the U.S., calls for reimagining church structures to allow for contextual differences.
General Church
Christine Dodson asks a question at the General Council on Finance and Administration board meeting on July 18 in Dallas. Dodson serves as vice president of GCFA’s board and is treasurer of the North Carolina Conference. She and fellow board members discussed reduced giving across the church since General Conference 2019, a contentious event that underscored the church’s divisions over how accepting to be of homosexuality. Photo by Sam Hodges, UM News.

Apportionment collection rates down after GC2019

Denomination’s finance agency reports declines in giving through June across the seven general church funds.
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Judi Kenaston, Northeastern Jurisdiction, talks with Michelle Hettman, Southeastern Jurisdiction, during the meeting of the Connectional Table held at United Methodist Discipleship Ministries in Nashville, Tenn., April 2.  Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

Leaders pursue plan for new US structure

Despite concerns the homosexuality debate will engulf the plan, the Connectional Table is submitting legislation to create a decision-making body on U.S. matters.
Connectional Table
Bishop Christian Alsted and The Rev. Kennetha Bigham-Tsai direct the Connectional Table’s discussion about the special session of General Conference, held at Discipleship Ministries in Nashville, Tenn., April 3. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Connectional Table ponders role post-GC2019

As conversations happen across The United Methodist Church about possible denominational splits, Connectional Table members say they can be a conversation partner.

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