Wespath Benefits and Investments

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United Methodist missionary Tawanda Chandiwana (left foreground) is embraced by Thomas Kemper, head of the denomination’s Board of Global Ministries, at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, Philippines, after Chandiwana was released from a detention center and allowed to leave the country in July, 2018. The 13 agencies of The United Methodist Church are pursuing further accomplishments in 2019. File photo courtesy of Thomas Kemper, GBGM.

United Methodist agencies: 2018 was productive year

The denomination’s agencies also share priorities for 2019.
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Wespath Benefits and Investments, the United Methodist pension agency, is working to prepare for whatever happens at the 2019 special General Conference. Photo by Nattanan Kanchanaprat, courtesy of Pixabay; adapted by United Methodist News Service.

Pension staff plans for possible ways forward

Accrued benefits are safe. But whatever happens in 2019, Wespath wants exiting churches to pay their fair share of pension liabilities.
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Benefits agency changed name, but kept mission in 2016

The church’s benefits agency highlights its accomplishments in a 2016 Agency Report.
The United Methodist pension board plans to exclude certain investments in thermal coal and companies that operate in countries with a pattern of human rights abuses. The board 's concern is such investments are unsustainable. Photo by Choness, iStock

Changes ahead for pension board investments

The board plans to exclude certain investments in thermal coal and companies that operate in countries with a pattern of human rights abuses.

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