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Migrants look to Biden for reform

Migrants write letters to Joe Biden.

Deaconess Cindy Andrade Johnson cares for migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. She reports on their resiliency and hopes as a new administration comes to Washington.

Publishing House among pandemic victims

Publishing House property to be sold

Different times call for different approaches. The United Methodist Publishing House is making  painful adjustments to continue to assist local churches during a pandemic and beyond.

UMCOR has a year like no other

UMCOR assisted in GLBR flooding in May.

34 UMCOR grants totaling an estimated $783,700 were distributed in 2020. The Michigan Conference received $110,000 to address the flooding in the Great Lakes Bay Region on May 19.

Standing in solidarity with Asbury UMC

Michigan in solidarity with Asbury UMC in the nation's capital

The  Anti-Bias Anti-Racism Working Group of The Michigan Conference stands in solidarity with Asbury United Methodist Church in Washington, DC, following the vandalism of their “Black Lives Matter” sign.

Beware these phishing scams

phishing

Phishing emails targeting United Methodists are on the uptick. One email making the rounds is a classic pyramid scheme, asking for a contribution and promising big returns.

Salvaging Christmas amid coronavirus

Handmade Advent Candles for time of coronavirus

After a nine-month struggle to do ministry in a pandemic, pastors use creativity and flexibility to celebrate Advent safe from the coronavirus.

Estimating financial impact of exits

Financial impact of potential UMC split

Financial forecast …  a survey of conferences projects that a 20% decline in local church net expenditures will result in about $41 million less in requested apportionments by 2024.

Top court to consider Protocol

Protocol leaders in 2019.

The Judicial Council has not met since the coronavirus pandemic began. They now plan to use video conferencing to address issues, including the constitutionality of Protocol legislation.

2020 one long emergency for UMCOR

Health emergency in Congo

The pandemic has not stopped UMCOR from doing disaster response training in 2020. UMCOR was able to conduct 72 mostly remote sessions that reached 1,287 individual volunteers.

Council urges no new bishops

Council of Bishop's chair Cynthia Fierro Harvey

The Council of Bishops wants to postpone electing any new bishops in the U.S. and slow down adding more bishops in Africa.