Pacific Northwest Annual Conference

Mission and Ministry
Wildfires burn during a mid-August night near Susanville, Calif. A series of wildfires has destroyed more than 30,000 acres of land around Susanville. Photo by Doug Magill, U.S. Army.

Fires, coronavirus complicate Western disaster relief

After a hurricane or tornado, church disaster relief teams and volunteers typically spring into action. Such a response isn’t possible in wildfires.
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.
General Church
The choir of Anchorage’s First Samoan United Methodist Church sings during the Service of Commissioning and Reading of Appointments at the 2019 annual conference held at Christ First United Methodist Church in Wasilla, Alaska. Photo courtesy of the Alaskan Conference.

Alaska moves to become ‘mission district’

A task force recommended the United Methodist presence in Alaska change from missionary conference status.
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.

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