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Faith Sharing
Kayla Alexander (left), who attended First United Methodist Church of Baton Rouge as a child, attended the church virtually while her family was in lockdown because of COVID-19 in Australia, where they now live. Alexander and Jamie (to her right) brought their third child Brady Alexander to Louisiana to be baptized by the Rev. Brady Whitton at First United Methodist Church. Photo courtesy of Kayla Alexander.

Virtual church will continue after COVID-19

The rewards of online ministry are too rich to give up if and when the coronavirus is a thing of the past, said a pastor in Louisiana. Three stories from First United Methodist Church of Baton Rouge illustrate his point.
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 Conference
Delegates consider legislation during the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commission on the General Conference has named a technology study team to explore how to accommodate full participation at the lawmaking assembly now scheduled for Aug. 29-Sept. 7, 2021. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

New group explores General Conference options

Organizers of The United Methodist Church’s top lawmaking assembly have named a technology study team to look at ways to accommodate full participation in this time of COVID-19.
Worship
Bible scholar Paul Franklyn helps lead the Friendship Sunday school class of Belmont United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn., by video conference Sunday, March 15, 2020, after church leadership encouraged people to worship from home in response to the coronavirus. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Ask The UMC: How can we be in ministry when we cannot be together?

While nothing replaces being physically together in ministry, there are tools to help us remain connected when it is impossible for us to meet safely.

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