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Unknowns complicate GC plan

Can Michigan delegates plan to go to Minneapolis in August?

Availability of vaccines, internet connection, and visas are all some of the unknowns that continue to complicate the plan for the General Conference set to convene eight months from now.

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.

GC online options being considered

Joy Barrett on task force for online options

Joy Barrett serves on a new technology study team looking at online options to accommodate full participation of 900 delegates and leaders participating in the General Conference from four continents.

Olga G. Tafolla

Olga Guiomar (Gonzalez) Tafolla passed away peacefully surrounded by the loving voices of family in Tucson, Arizona on September 4, 2020. She would have been 98 on October 14, 2020. She is preceded in death by her parents Eulalio and Adela Gonzalez, her sister Omega De La Zerda, and her husband of 59 years, Lott… Continue Reading Olga G. Tafolla

Delegates ponder GC postponement

View of 2020 Michigan delegates

Michigan Conference delegates to the next General Conference reflect on the pluses and minuses of the delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bishop John Yambasu dead at 63

Bishop Yambasu preaching

  KATHY L. GILBERT UM News Sierra Leone Area Bishop John K. Yambasu, who died in a car accident August 16, is being remembered for his courage, leadership, and love of The United Methodist Church and Jesus Christ. Yambasu, 63, had many titles — bishop, chancellor of Africa University, and president of the Africa College… Continue Reading Bishop John Yambasu dead at 63

Group hopes for new vision for UMC

New vision sought for UMC

An informal group, including two Michigan clergy, urges United Methodists to enter into prayerful conversations toward creation of a new vision for the denomination.

Dates for GC and NCJ conferences set

Dates for General and Jurisdictional Conference set.

The 2020 General and Jurisdictional conferences were postponed because of COVID-19. New 2021 dates were announced on May 26 along with a leadership plan for the NCJ.

Acting as the Body of Christ

Free pizza delivery nourishing body and spirit.

Laura Witkowski, celebrates the way churches are adapting creatively to the challenges of the pandemic and calls for strengthening connection as the Body of Christ.