Desert Southwest Annual Conference

Mission and Ministry
The emergency medical team at Shiprock Indian Hospital in Shiprock, New Mexico, models the Tyvek suits and N95 masks donated by the Desert Southwest Conference’s Early Response Team. The hospital serves the Navajo Nation, which has more than 1,100 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Photo courtesy of Gail Ringelberg.

Helping Native communities amid COVID-19 crisis

United Methodists provide protective gear, money for food ministries as Native Americans struggle during pandemic.
Local Church
Yavapai County Superior Court upheld the claim of the Desert Southwest Conference to keep property used by Camp Verde Community Church. The Camp Verde congregation departed The United Methodist Church in 2017. Photo courtesy of Find-A-Church, United Methodist Communications.

Desert Southwest's claim to property upheld

A judge’s order compelled the relocation of a congregation that withdrew from The United Methodist Church.
General Church
Bishop LaTrelle Easterling, left, greets the Rev. Joey Heath-Mason immediately after ordaining him as a full elder. Photo by Alison Burdett, Baltimore-Washington Conference.

Court docket reflects busy conference season

Decisions of law by bishops, conference requests for rulings and two decision requests by the Council of Bishops are on the United Methodist Judicial Council’s fall agenda.
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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