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Washington Street United Methodist Church in Petersburg, Va., is back open after closing for two weeks in January as it searched for new insurance coverage. Washington Street was among the United Methodist churches that got higher premium notices just before Christmas from United Methodist Insurance, a subsidiary of the denomination's General Council on Finance and Administration. Photo courtesy of Washington Street United Methodist Church.

Premium hikes have churches scrambling

Churches and conferences are unhappy about higher premium notices from United Methodist Insurance that arrived just before Christmas.
Social Concerns
Close to 200 people gather for a candlelight vigil Jan. 24 at Nuevo Pacto United Methodist Church in Sebring, Fla., in memory of Marisol Lopez. Photo by Juan A. Maldonado for UMNS.

Church lay leader slain in Florida bank shooting

United Methodists are mourning bank shooting victim Marisol Lopez, a prominent member of her Florida congregation.
Local Church
Sepi Lokotui dances during the Sunday service of the Tongan United Methodist Church in West Valley City, Utah, where the youth in high school and junior high worship actively through music and dance.

Youth joyfully lead at Tongan United Methodist church

Young people have great influence over the life of a Tongan congregation in Utah.
Social Concerns
Bishop Grant Hagiya of Cal-Pacific Conference explains the three plans submitted by the Commission on Way Forward at the pacific islanders’ gathering at the School of Theology at Claremont, CA on Dec 10-11 to have a serious conversation on the “Hard Conversation on Human Sexuality and a Divided UMC.” Photo by Thomas Kim, UMNS.

Pacific Islanders focus on divide over sexuality

A December gathering at Claremont School of Theology featured a serious conversation on the church's division over human sexuality issues.

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