Clergy

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.
Local Church
The Rev. Happymore Chipere observes budding nartjies (South African tangerines) at his tree nursery in Mujukuya, Zimbabwe. Chipere is preparing for retirement by growing fruit. Photo by Chenayi Kumuterera, UMNS.

Citrus farming to help clergy retirements

Some clergy in Zimbabwe are planting citrus trees to boost their retirement funds.
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.
Social Concerns
Bishop Rodolfo A. Juan poses with the Rev. Eller Ordeniza, a United Methodist pastor in the Philippines, after Ordeniza was released from jail. The local pastor was among those arrested and detained for two and a half days after trying to rescue tribal children who were fleeing from a village that has been a target of military operations. Photo courtesy of Bishop Rodolfo A. Juan.

Filipino pastor arrested ‘rescuing’ Lumad children

Eighteen people, including the Rev. Eller Ordeniza, a United Methodist, were detained and charged with kidnapping and human trafficking by local police.

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