finance

Social Concerns
Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in Memphis, Tenn., announced it would raise its minimum wage and increase eligibility for its financial assistance. Calls to follow the United Methodist Social Principles played a role in the decision, hospital leaders said. UM News file photo.

Hospital changes debt-collection policies

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare is making the changes to help low-income patients after a report found it was suing its own employees. United Methodist Social Principles played a role.
Social Concerns
Staff members and management of the Wesley Savings and Multipurpose Cooperative hold hands in prayer during a meeting at their office in San Isidro, Philippines. The cooperative’s purpose is “to alleviate poverty and enhance the dignity and quality of life of people,” said the Rev. Ferdinand J. Valdez, top executive of the cooperative. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Ferdinand J. Valdez.

Filipino cooperative models faith in action

Since 2002, the Wesley Savings and Multipurpose Cooperative has provided tools for economic self-sufficiency, loving God through serving the community.
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.
Local Church
The Rev. Happymore Chipere observes budding nartjies (South African tangerines) at his tree nursery in Mujukuya, Zimbabwe. Chipere is preparing for retirement by growing fruit. Photo by Chenayi Kumuterera, UMNS.

Citrus farming to help clergy retirements

Some clergy in Zimbabwe are planting citrus trees to boost their retirement funds.

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