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Commentary: Disproportionate budget cut will hurt church’s ministry

United Methodist News - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 6:40pm
Leaders of United Methodist Communications respond to a proposed budget cut of 37 percent, contending the reductions are substantially more than for any other peer agency.
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Group proposes how to divide slashed budget

United Methodist News - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 5:19pm
A Connectional Table team recommends substantial cuts for some church organizations and programs while holding the line for others in the 2021-24 church budget.
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Seeing a Way Forward: The Rev Forbes Matonga

United Methodist News - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 4:25pm
The Rev. Forbes Matonga, a pastor at the Nyadire Mission in Zimbabwe, discusses possible implications that decisions made at the special 2019 General Conference could have for The United Methodist Church in Africa.
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Supporters say Simple Plan easy, least harmful

United Methodist News - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 3:04pm
LGBTQ United Methodists and other supporters tout the Simple Plan as the easiest to implement and the least harmful to gay people.
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GC2019 petitions propose exit plans

United Methodist News - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 1:13pm
Several of the petitions going to the 2019 General Conference attempt to map a graceful exit if the church splits over homosexuality.
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United Methodist hospital gets lifesaving surgical wing

United Methodist News - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 1:01pm
A new $140,000 surgery center at United Methodist Mercy Hospital in Bo, Sierra Leone, will allow doctors to perform complex medical procedures, including cesarean sections.
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Update: Ruling on seminary appealed

United Methodist News - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 2:21pm
Ruling that would have eased Claremont School of Theology move to Oregon appealed.
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Commentary: 'God can do anything'

United Methodist News - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 12:46pm
Molly McNamara tells how operating a lemonade stand for 10 years impacted her faith.
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Border wall would cut off historic church

United Methodist News - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 11:53am
The first Spanish-speaking Methodist church and two historic cemeteries would be disrupted by President Trump’s proposed border wall.
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WCA details post-General Conference plans

United Methodist News - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 11:36am
Leaders of the unofficial traditionalist advocacy group have started publicizing plans for the immediate aftermath of the special General Conference.
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Redoubling efforts to fight Ebola epidemic

United Methodist News - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 11:14am
Since August 2018, Ebola has claimed more than 400 lives in the Congo, and United Methodists are striving to make a difference.
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Commentary: When your church talks about you, without you

United Methodist News - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 3:31pm
As the church continues its debate over homosexuality, Jorge Lockward argues that discussion must be with LGBTQ people, not about them. He offers suggestions for how that can happen.
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Rural group lists concerns on plans before GC2019

United Methodist News - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 2:59pm
United Methodist Rural Advocates is not endorsing a plan but sent a letter of caution to General Conference delegates.
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Backers say One Church Plan preserves unity

United Methodist News - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 2:08pm
United Methodists who value unity should consider the One Church Plan, supporters say.
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Homes of Congolese refugees demolished in Kenya

United Methodist News - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 12:46pm
United Methodists respond after more than 600 people, including 35 church families, are left homeless.
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Church projects empower Deaf community

United Methodist News - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 12:05pm
Bicycle-building and rabbit-rearing programs help United Methodists with disabilities earn a living in Zimbabwe.
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Seeing a Way Forward: Bishop Ciriaco Q. Francisco

United Methodist News - Fri, 01/25/2019 - 1:33pm
Manila Area Bishop Ciriaco Q. Francisco served on the Commission on a Way Forward. He spoke with UM News as part of "Seeing a Way Forward," a video series featuring different perspectives of church leaders on the work of the Commission on a Way Forward.
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Church lay leader slain in Florida bank shooting

United Methodist News - Fri, 01/25/2019 - 1:25pm
United Methodists are mourning bank shooting victim Marisol Lopez, a prominent member of her Florida congregation.
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African agriculture summit sparks new ideas, plans

United Methodist News - Fri, 01/25/2019 - 11:37am
Gathering draws together people of different perspectives and backgrounds to discuss how The United Methodist Church could make better use of the land.
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Africa Initiative calls for global prayer, fasting

United Methodist News - Fri, 01/25/2019 - 11:00am
Group urges United Methodists to pray for delegates, church leading up to special General Conference.
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