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A praise team from Central Korean United Methodist Church in Dallas leads hymns and songs during the first in-person gathering of the Association of Korean Churches in The United Methodist Church. Photo by the Rev. Thomas Kim, UM News.

Association of Korean Churches discerns its uncertain future

In the first in-person annual gathering of the Association of Korean Churches in The United Methodist Church, several panelists questioned whether the church’s membership decline could be attributed to a lack of spiritual renewal and its long-standing conflict over homosexuality.
Disaster Relief
United Methodists in countries bordering Ukraine continue to offer aid and encouragement to Ukrainian refugees. One United Methodist church in Poland is teaching Polish to Ukrainian refugees but also teaching Ukrainian to Poles who want to do their part toward better communications with the refugees. Ukrainian flag courtesy of Wikimedia; graphic by UM News.

New wrinkles in aid to Ukrainian refugees

United Methodist churches in countries near Ukraine rely on volunteers as they work with Ukrainian refugees, but they're also hiring Ukrainians for certain relief-related tasks. One church in Poland is teaching Polish to Ukrainian refugees but also teaching Ukrainian to Poles helping refugees.
General Church
Local churches may complete a process of disaffiliation through several different Discipline paragraphs. ¶2553 is the primary path. Graphic by Laurens Glass, United Methodist Communications.

Ask The UMC: What should United Methodist congregations know about disaffiliation?

Paragraphs 2553, 2548.2, and 2549.3.b outline ways congregations may become disaffiliated from The United Methodist Church. The Council of Bishops expects ¶2533 to be the primary path.
Local Church
Women worship at First Wesleyan United Methodist Church of the Deaf in Mutum Biyu, Nigeria, the Nigeria Episcopal Area’s first church for the Deaf community. Photo by Ezekiel Ibrahim, UM News.

Church in Nigeria welcomes first Deaf congregation

The congregation’s 30 members had belonged to several mainline denominations, as well as nondenominational churches, before joining First Wesleyan United Methodist Church of the Deaf.

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