North Georgia Annual Conference

Local Church
During an April 26 press conference given by Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, Jody Ray surrenders his clergy credentials in response to being reassigned by Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson. Church leaders also announced the congregation is beginning the process of disaffiliating from The United Methodist Church. Screenshot of livestream courtesy of Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church.

Updated: Megachurch seeks exit over appointment strife

Leaders of the largest church in the North Georgia Conference say their pastor’s appointment process was mishandled. The bishop gives a different account.
Racism
A person reacts outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis after the guilty verdict handed down April 20 in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd. While expressing the sense that the verdict was just, United Methodist leaders urged continuing work toward dismantling widespread racism and systemic injustice against people of color. Photo by Carlos Barria, Reuters.

United Methodists react to Chauvin verdict

Church leaders praised the justice of the verdict against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd, but cautioned that much work lies ahead to overcome systemic racism.
General Church
The board of the General Council on Finance and Administration heard updates on how the spread of COVID-19 has strained finances and increased online worship. Offering box image by Jeff Jacobs, courtesy of Pixabay; coronavirus image courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Board gets update on giving, online worship

The board of the United Methodist finance agency reviewed the pandemic’s financial fallout and advice on counting online worship attendance.
General Church
The Rev. Judy Zabel speaks during the 2016 General Conference in Portland, Oregon. She again chairs the Minnesota Conference delegation as it prepares for the special called session of General Conference, set for Feb. 23-26 in St. Louis. File photo by Maile Bradfield, UMNS.

Delegation chairs look toward General Conference

As crucial meeting looms, 'team captains' of conference delegations are well aware of church's hopes, fears.

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