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Church Leadership
The Rev. Chad Parmalee has found knitting, especially making items for others, a way to relax amid the stresses of pandemic ministry. Parmalee leads Chapel Hill United Methodist Church in Battle Creek, Mich. Photo by Roschenne Parmalee.

Clergy care a priority in pandemic year

Pastors, backed by annual conferences, have taken steps to prevent burnout during long public health emergency.
Mission and Ministry
Coronavirus deaths worldwide reached 1 million on Sept. 28. United Methodists are among those who have died and those still fighting the illness. Candle image by Andreas Lischka, courtesy of Pixabay; graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Stories from the front lines of the coronavirus

United Methodists have relied on their faith as they tangled with COVID-19, a nasty illness that some don’t survive.
Mission and Ministry
Myers Park United Methodist Church in Charlotte, N.C., is one of many United Methodist churches across the U.S. choosing not to have on-site worship until the coronavirus threat subsides. Photo courtesy Myers Park United Methodist Church.

Churches adapting to COVID-19 restrictions

For United Methodist churches and conferences, that can mean temporarily suspending all in-person worship, activities and events.
Social Concerns
Pat Luna speaks during a panel discussion at the Leadership Institute, held at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, Sept. 25-27. She was joined by the Revs. Adam Hamilton, Junius B. Dotson, Ginger Gaines-Cirelli and Michael Bowie. This year’s event focused on preserving, but reforming The United Methodist Church.  Photo by Sam Hodges, UM News.

Annual event becomes forum on church’s future

Centrists and progressives turn Leadership Institute into discussion and strategizing session.

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