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As organizers of the United Methodist General Conference look to the possibility of an in-person session in 2022, the new strain presents new challenges. Coronavirus image courtesy of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Virus bedevils General Conference planning

After two postponements, organizers continue working to hold the United Methodist lawmaking assembly next year. However, the delta variant presents new challenges.
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Bishop Daniel Wandabula, the resident bishop of the East Africa Episcopal Area, gives the conference welcome message during the 2019 Kenya-Ethiopia Annual Conference in Meru, Kenya. The General Council on Finance and Administration board denied the bishop’s request for an emergency grant and urged him to address longstanding auditing issues. File photo by Gad Maiga, UM News.

Bishop urged to resolve auditing issues

The board of The United Methodist Church’s finance agency denied a grant request from East Africa Bishop Daniel Wandabula and instead encouraged him to address long-standing financial concerns.
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The Kern Building, owned by Discipleship Ministries and the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministries since 1950, stands like a beacon in Nashville, Tenn. The two agencies sold the building to Vanderbilt University on July 15. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Agencies sell jointly owned building

Discipleship Ministries and the United Methodist Board of Higher Education are among the most recent agencies to consolidate space following the upheavals of COVID-19.
General Agencies
During a June 25 online meeting, the General Council on Finance and Administration board voted to update local-church statistical forms to include the option of non-binary under the category of gender. This change only affects the U.S. Excerpt of the current church statistical form highlighted for emphasis by UM News.

Church to start counting non-binary members

The board of The United Methodist Church’s finance agency approved adding the term “non-binary” alongside “male” and “female” on church statistical forms. The change only affects U.S. congregations.

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