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COVID-19 top church story for 2020

Top story of 2020 was COVID-19

When United Methodist communicators around the globe voted on the most significant events in the denomination in 2020, COVID-19 and the grief it has caused was named the top story of the year.

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.

Lives being changed in mid-Michigan

Mid-Michigan flood damaged assessed in Sanford

Disaster recovery continues in mid-Michigan after flooding shattered the lives of thousands eight months ago. Six case managers, employed by The Michigan Conference, are now helping residents rebuild their lives.

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.

Black United Methodists want changes

Rudy Rasmus and Beyonce

“Each of the ten essayists is saying, ‘See me, hear, me, deal with me.’” That’s what Bishop Gregory Palmer remarks about the new book, “I’m Black. I’m Christian. I’m Methodist.”

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.

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.

Michigamme welcomes New Englander

Michigamme kayakers

Meet Pete Stahlbrand, the new director of Camp Michigamme in the northwest U.P. He is a veteran of ten years of service in New Jersey, New York, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts.

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.

File claim now in Boy Scouts lawsuit

Scouts assemble

All churches that have chartered programs with Scouts, even if the programs aren’t currently active, are urged to file a “proof of claim” by 5 p.m. U.S. Eastern time on Nov. 16.