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General Agencies
Spring flowers bloom in a farm field near Ashland City, Tenn., in 2020. Agencies of The United Methodist Church are committed to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, a goal announced on Earth Day. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Agencies set greenhouse gas emissions goal

Most United Methodist general agencies are committed to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, a goal announced on Earth Day.
Bishops
Bishop Skeete, a retired bishop of The United Methodist Church, passed away Feb. 11, 2021. Photo courtesy of the Council of Bishops.

Bishop Skeete, ‘pastor to people,’ dies at 90

As United Methodist bishop, he led conferences in the U.S. Northeast, including carrying out a long-sought merger. He also helped establish Africa University.
General Church
The Discipleship Ministries office in Nashville, Tenn., is being renovated to be better equipped for use post-COVID-19. Although the staff is primarily working at home, the building is being used for small staff meetings as well as a daily prayer broadcast from the Upper Room Chapel. The 13 agencies of The United Methodist Church are facing budget cutbacks among uncertainty around a potential schism. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

General agencies cutting back

Faced with an ongoing pandemic and denominational uncertainty, United Methodist general agencies are reducing staff while trying to stay true to their missions.
General Conference
Kelly Marciales. Photo courtesy of Kelly Marciales

What of agencies in post-separation church?

Two reserve delegates to General Conference 2021 argue that the current church agency structure isn’t sustainable after The United Methodist Church splits.

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