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Students work in a storm-damaged classroom at Lufungula Institute, a United Methodist school in Kindu, Congo. Photo by Chadrack Tambwe Londe, UMNS.

United Methodist schools churches damaged in Congo

Storms, flooding disrupt education and worship in eastern part of the Congo.
General Church
The Rev. Jasmine Smothers, lead pastor of Atlanta First United Methodist Church, has been among the conveners of recent meetings by centrists and progressives to discuss the denomination's future. Photo by Les Scarbrough, Atlanta First United Methodist Church.

Centrists, progressives to discuss church's future

Unhappiness with General Conference 2019 prompts plan for big meeting, with dissolution and ‘gracious exit’ among the options.
Local Church
A federal appeals court has ruled that clergy can continue receiving tax-free housing allowances. Photo illustration by Nattanan Kanchanaprat, Pixabay.

Appeals court backs tax-free clergy housing

Ruling is welcome news to thousands of clergy in all faith traditions across America.
General Church
Matt Henson, prayer room volunteer, creates a “stained-glass” wall out of prayers offered by attendees of the 2019 General Conference in St. Louis. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Reaction to GC2019 remains strong

Strong opinions, including protests, offered on passage of Traditional Plan as churches and conferences meet to assess consequences and plan next steps.

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