General Conference 2019

Local Church
Coy United Methodist Church in Preston, Miss., is among seven Mississippi congregations that left the denomination on June 30. Photo courtesy of the Mississippi Conference.

7 Mississippi churches exit denomination

Debates around sexuality caused his church to ‘lose focus,’ says one Mississippi pastor whose congregation is leaving The United Methodist Church.
Annual Conferences
Clergy and lay members from the East Ohio Conference use their voting cards during the 2019 annual conference held at Lakeside Chautauqua. They use cards to cast votes for motions, resolutions and petitions but secret ballot for delegate elections. The conference elected a mix of delegates who support and oppose the Traditional Plan. Photo by Brett Hetherington, East Ohio Conference Communications.

US elections see shift in GC2020 delegates

U.S. annual conferences elected more delegates opposed to the Traditional Plan, but traditionalists say they still have the majority.
Social Concerns
During the 35th session of the Desert Southwest Conference, the Rev. Joshua L. Warner, third from left, was ordained as a deacon. Warner is a gay man. The ordination and commission service included commissioning of Jamie Lynn Booth and Timothy Robert Hunsinger for the work of an elder. Photo courtesy of the Desert Southwest Conference.

Gay deacon ordained in Desert Southwest

Ordination is another step in a long life of service for a man who has faced many challenges because of his sexual orientation.
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.

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