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Delegates Jorge Lockward and the Rev. Beth Ann Cook embrace during the closing moments of the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis. The two had previously spoken on opposite sides in a debate over possible church exit plans. U.S. conferences are calculating how much a church must pay if it leaves under legislation General Conference approved. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Exiting congregations face hefty price tag

U.S. conferences are calculating how much a church must pay if it leaves under legislation approved by General Conference 2019. The big cost will be pensions.
Mission and Ministry
The sanctuary of Lynn Haven United Methodist Church in Panama City, Fla., stands open to the sky following Hurricane Michael in October 2018. A grant from the United Methodist Committee on Relief to the Alabama-West Florida Conference for hurricane recovery is among $27.6 million approved by the relief agency for disaster response, sustainable development, global migration and Global Health support. File photo courtesy of Lynn Haven United Methodist Church.

UMCOR assists with 2018 hurricane recovery

Grants for two big U.S. programs are part of $27.6 million approved by relief agency for disaster response, sustainable development, global migration and Global Health support.
Immigration
Samuel Oliver-Bruno, (left) hugs his wife and son in a photo taken earlier this year. Oliver-Bruno had taken refuge in CityWell United Methodist Church in Durham, N.C., while applying to remain in the U.S. to care for his ill wife. He was arrested by ICE officials Nov. 23. Photo by Anna Carson Dewitt, courtesy of CityWell United Methodist Church.

Church extends support to deported man

A man who found sanctuary in a United Methodist church has now been deported to Mexico. The U.S. congregation is working for his return.
Social Concerns
A website set up by CityWell United Methodist Church in Durham, N.C., gives the story of Samuel Oliver-Bruno, who has been active in his church community for 12 years. After living for almost a year at the church, Oliver-Bruno, who is undocumented, was arrested on Friday, Nov. 23. Image courtesy of CityWell United Methodist Church at sanctuaryatcitywell.org.

Churchgoers arrested after ICE detains man

Samuel Oliver-Bruno had taken sanctuary in a United Methodist church for 11 months but was detained at an appointment with immigration officials.

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