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Mission and Ministry
Farmers harvest rice in Pujehun, southern Sierra Leone in January. The farm is part of the Bishop Yambasu Agriculture Initiative, named in honor of late Bishop John K. Yambasu. During its virtual spring meeting, the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries approved $3.5 million to support the program’s agricultural projects. File photo by Phileas Jusu, UM News.

More church support for African agriculture

During a virtual meeting of United Methodist Global Ministries, church leaders voted to continue supporting the Bishop Yambasu Agricultural Initiative and other long-term priorities, such as global health, disaster response and migrant workers.
General Church
The General Council on Finance and Administration reports that giving to The United Methodist Church’s denomination-wide ministries declined overall in 2021. However, support for the Episcopal Fund increased. Money image by Gerd Altmann, courtesy of Pixabay; graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Denominational giving drops for third year

While overall apportionment receipts were down in 2021, giving to the fund that supports United Methodist bishops increased significantly.
Theology and Education
The Claremont School of Theology in Claremont, Calif., faces a court order to sell its Claremont campus to The Claremont Colleges, a neighboring consortium. Given the relatively low price the seminary would get under a 1957 legal agreement that the court found is still valid, the United Methodist seminary is considering appealing or seeking arbitration. Photo courtesy of the Claremont School of Theology.

Claremont School of Theology ordered to sell campus

United Methodist seminary’s challenges mount as court enforces a 1957 repurchase agreement with neighboring consortium.
Mission and Ministry
The Rev. Ruth Marsh (right) comforts Angi Rogers, a guest in the day shelter at Trinity United Methodist Church in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Rogers had not been feeling well and Marsh settled her in a Sunday school classroom to get some rest. “Everybody here takes care of me and each other,” Rogers said. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Churches see lots of need this Advent

Many congregations and affiliated nonprofits in the U.S. are stepping up efforts to help low-income people squeezed by inflation and affordable housing shortages.

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