South Georgia Annual Conference

General Conference
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 candles on the altar at First United Methodist Church in Opelika, Ala. represent the 23 people killed in a March 3 tornado that hit Lee County, Ala. The remembrance service was held on Ash Wednesday. Photo courtesy First United Methodist Church, Opelika.

Pastors became counselors after deadly tornado

'Please come,' hospital chaplain told United Methodist clergywoman in Opelika, Alabama.
Local Church
The Rev. Paige Swaim-Presley (center) imposes ashes on the forehead of a student at Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss., during Ash Wednesday services in 2018. A grant from the Lilly Endowment to the United Methodist-related college will help women clergy in the South with mentoring and networking. File photo courtesy of Millsaps College.

Lilly grants help with clergy mentoring, networking

Nearly $70 million in grants support programs aimed at helping pastors thrive — including five grants to United Methodist organizations.

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