Meetings

General Church
The Revs. Carolyn Moore and Keith Boyette pray for the Rev. Jay Therrell (center) at the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s May 7 gathering in Avon, Ind. The day before, the WCA’s Global Legislative Assembly elected Therrell as the new WCA president. He’ll succeed Boyette, who will be top executive of the new Global Methodist Church. Photo by Sam Hodges, UM News.

Traditionalist group not going away

The Wesleyan Covenant Association took the lead in creating the new Global Methodist Church, but WCA leaders say their organization needs to keep fighting for churches wanting to leave The United Methodist Church.
Mission and Ministry
Bishop Mande Muyombo speaks during the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis. Muyombo was the keynote speaker for the April 28-May 1 meeting of Black Methodists for Church Renewal, which was held online. File photo by Paul Jeffrey, UM News.

Black leaders discuss church future

Speakers at the 55th General Meeting of Black Methodists for Church Renewal were leery of what a possible splintering of The United Methodist Church will mean for Black churches, based partially on the results of past mergers and splits.
General Church
Themes for United Methodist annual conferences in 2021 include (clockwise, from top) “A Continuing Journey of Faith (conferences in the Manila Episcopal Area), “It’s Time to Get Up” (Sierra Leone), “Story” (Louisiana), “Building Bridges” (Western Virginia), and “Connected in Christ” (Iowa). Graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Annual conferences plan online, hybrid events

Some annual conferences will do a portion of their 2021 meetings in person as the coronavirus threat subsides. Resolutions on issues including sexuality and race will be considered.
Social Concerns

Two voices from the civil rights movement

In a conversation about civil rights and voter suppression, two African American women shared some pivotal experiences with participants at the I AM Her Women’s Leadership Summit.

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