Mississippi Annual Conference

Local Church
The Rev. Paige Swaim-Presley (center) imposes ashes on the forehead of a student at Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss., during Ash Wednesday services in 2018. A grant from the Lilly Endowment to the United Methodist-related college will help women clergy in the South with mentoring and networking. File photo courtesy of Millsaps College.

Lilly grants help with clergy mentoring, networking

Nearly $70 million in grants support programs aimed at helping pastors thrive — including five grants to United Methodist organizations.
Annual Conferences
United Methodists in the Desert Southwest Annual Conference approve a resolution calling for end to separating immigrant families. At least 18 of the 54 U.S. conferences approved resolutions in support of welcoming immigrants. Photo by Barry Doyle.

Conferences unite on welcoming immigrants

Annual conference voters have various takes on how the church should address homosexuality. But on immigration, they have a common message.
Local Church
Worshippers, many of whom voted to withdraw from The United Methodist Church, join in a service May 27 at the Porter Funeral Home Chapel in Louisville, Miss. The Mississippi Conference is seeking to keep First United Methodist Church property in United Methodist hands. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Mike Childs.

Conference claims property of exiting church

The Mississippi Conference says departing members of First United Methodist Church in Louisville can’t take the property with them. Now the matter heads to court.

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