Europe

General Church
Per-Endre Bjørnevik (left), a General Council on Finance and Administration board member from Norway, receives communion from the Rev. Steve Wood, board member from the North Georgia Conference. During the board meeting Nov. 14-15 in Nashville, Tenn., the GCFA board responded to a letter from European bishops objecting to cuts to office expenses. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UM News.

4 bishops dispute planned budget cuts

Bishops in Europe object to slashed support for their offices in the first quarter of 2020. The denomination’s finance agency says the cuts are needed.
Evangelism
About 30 young people from Albania, Macedonia and Serbia gathered for the second United Methodist Regional Youth Camp in the coastal area of Spille, Albania. A sunset visit to the beach turned into an impromptu worship service for as those in attendance gathered in a circle and “praised the Lord.” Photo by Danail Ristovski, Skopje/Macedonia.

Youth camp bridges divide in tense region

From the outside, this camp may look like any other, but it has brought together youth from three countries fraught with political tension and hostility.
General Church
Leaders of the Reform and Renewal Coalition, a group of unofficial traditionalist advocacy groups, pose with bishops from Africa and Europe, after a closed-door meeting in which the leaders and central conference bishops discussed the denomination’s situation and possible future. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS.

Traditionalists, bishops talk church future

Leaders of traditionalist advocacy groups held a listening session with bishops from Africa, Europe and the Philippines. Church separation was on the table.
Mission and Ministry
Asylum-seekers from Lebanon are greeted by Federica Brizi and Francesco Piobbichi of the Federation of Evangelical Churches in Italy (center) upon their arrival in Rome in August 2017. The group obtained legal visas through the Humanitarian Corridors program of the federation, the Synod of Waldensian and Methodist Churches and the Community of Sant’Egidio, run by Mediterranean Hope. Photo courtesy of Mediterranean Hope.

Small churches play big role for refugees in Italy

Italian religious groups, including Methodists, have created a legal, safe pathway for Syrians and other vulnerable asylum seekers to resettle in Italy and the work is expanding.

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