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Prayer is part of a morning business meeting during the 2019 East Ohio Annual Conference. Photo by Brett Hetherington, East Ohio Conference.

Conferences mull denomination’s future

During summer regional meetings, U.S. United Methodists discussed splitting or sticking with the denomination.
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The Rev. Wayne Coffin, a former member of the United Methodist Judicial Council, died July 4 at the age of 95. Photo by Kristin Van Nort, Oklahoma Conference; cropped by UM News.

Coffin, former Judicial Council member, dies at 95

The Rev. Wayne Coffin, Oklahoma Conference, served on The United Methodist Church’s top court from 1980-96.
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Delegates attend opening worship at the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis in February. Given escalating conflict in the denomination over LGBTQ inclusion, two bishops are pushing a plan to create two or three self-governing church groups, with The United Methodist Church remaining as an umbrella organization. File photo by Kathleen Barry, UM News.

2 bishops offer plan for denomination’s future

To deal with schism-threatening conflict over homosexuality, Bishops Bard and Jones favor making The United Methodist Church an umbrella for self-governing church groups.
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The Rev. Nyenda Okoko (center), a district superintendent, leads a procession of church members as they welcome visitors to Oye United Methodist Church, south of Kindu, Congo, in October 2015. Providing exact membership numbers is difficult in a denomination that spans multiple countries, languages and cultural understandings of church membership. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

How accurate are church membership numbers?

Denominational membership data comes with uncertainty. There are very good reasons why.

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