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Global Health
Stephen Saucerman receives a COVID-19 vaccination from volunteer nurse Jackie Smith, RN, at Community United Methodist Church in Vincennes, Ind. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Churches increase access to COVID-19 vaccines

While supplies are still limited, United Methodists are doing what they can to expand access to vaccines, especially among underserved communities.
General Church
The Rev. Joe Kim, Bothell United Methodist Church, Washington, presents his table’s concept for a visioning team to take ideas from the summit and make a report to the 2020 Western Jurisdiction. Photo by Charmaine Robledo.

Gathering dreams of inclusive future

Members of the Fresh United Methodism Summit worked through hundreds of ideas in effort to dream of a new form of Methodism for Western Jurisdiction.
General Church
Bishop LaTrelle Easterling, left, greets the Rev. Joey Heath-Mason immediately after ordaining him as a full elder. Photo by Alison Burdett, Baltimore-Washington Conference.

Court docket reflects busy conference season

Decisions of law by bishops, conference requests for rulings and two decision requests by the Council of Bishops are on the United Methodist Judicial Council’s fall agenda.
General Church
Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey observes the results from a Feb. 26 vote for the Traditional Plan, which affirms the church’s current bans on ordaining LGBTQ clergy and officiating at or hosting same-sex marriage. The vote came on the last day of the 2019 General Conference in St. Louis. Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS.

Outcome of General Conference bittersweet

United Methodist traditionalists say General Conference vote was best way forward for denomination, but it probably means a split is coming.

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