Though ministry needs are on the rise, giving is down as sanctuaries across the country are filled not with people but with empty pews. The Cares Act includes support for churches.
On April 6 the announcement was made that all U.S. Jurisdictional Conferences for 2020 are postponed. The Council of Bishops will reschedule in the near future.
The Haiti Covenant Partners of the Michigan Conference are concerned about the country’s vulnerability to COVID-19. Chronic poverty, hunger, and cultural practices are challenges to the prevention of the disease.
“While Rev. Joseph Lowery was an important figure in the Civil Rights Movement, it may be less well known that his greatest love was being a pastor,” said Bishop Woodie W. White.
GC 2021? Until recently, General Conference was thought to be just three months away. Now it is likely to take place next year. Factors related to COVID-19 are behind the rescheduling of the global event.
The Council of Bishops had requested the rescheduling of GC2020. Then the Minneapolis Convention Center canceled the venue. Conference organizers have postponed the 2020 General Conference.
Here are two national and global headlines that should not be missed as we respond to the coronavirus emergency.
On February 4, 2020 UMCOR announced it was providing an emergency grant to the Amity Foundation, their partner in China. The funds would address the spread of coronavirus.
United Methodists in Nashville both grieved and gave thanks as they gathered in places of worship the Sunday after tornadoes ripped the city. For some, their place of worship was gone.
Nighttime twisters claimed 25 lives, injured 150, and cut a 10-mile path through Tennessee. Three Nashville UM churches heavily damaged.