Social Issues

General Church
The Rev. Chris Ritter gives the keynote talk at a Jan. 25 gathering of traditionalist United Methodists, held in Trussville, Ala. Discussion focused on the prospect of a new denomination for traditionalists and on details of a “Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation.” Photo by Sam Hodges, UM News.

Traditionalists’ event draws big crowd

A meeting near Birmingham, Alabama, explores the possibility of a denomination separating from The United Methodist Church.
General Church
On Jan. 3, a 16-member group of United Methodist bishops and other leaders offered the “Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation” proposal to preserve The United Methodist Church while allowing for a new traditionalist-minded denomination. UM News reports on the process the group took to arrive at its plan. Graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Protocol process painful but fruitful

Participants in mediation talk about how agreement was found among markedly different perspectives for the future of The United Methodist Church.
Mission and Ministry
The Rev. Ingrid McIntyre shares the story of the micro house community for homeless respite care under construction at Glencliff United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UM News.

Church building micro home village for homeless

The homes will serve as bridge housing for homeless people to recover from medical issues as they await permanent housing.
Social Concerns
Jose Antonio Marchas Novela recounts the threats of violence that caused him to flee Mexico with his wife, Irlanda Lizbeth Jimenez Rodriguez, and their 1-year-old son, Jose Antonio. The family took shelter at the Christ United Methodist Ministry Center in San Diego in August 2018 while seeking asylum. United Methodists are initiating a $2 million project to support asylum seekers in the U.S.  File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

UMCOR, partners start asylum seekers project

The three-year, $2 million pilot project also will engage local church members on a community level as they embrace the biblical mandate of welcoming the stranger.

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