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Mississippi church property dispute settled

The Mississippi Conference and a Louisville, Mississippi, congregation settled a 2-year lawsuit filed after most of the congregation voted to leave The United Methodist Church.

Enforced COVID-19 isolation recalls days in prison

The Rev. Thomas Kim reflects on how the enforced isolation recalls his time in prison. While that isolation is hard to take, he writes that it is nearly impossible to take the racism and xenophobia aimed at Asian Americans.

God’s role in times of crisis

Humanity has never found a good explanation for why there is suffering in the world. Why do so many seem to accept that bad answers are better than no answers?

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Pandemic presents challenge to church giving

Churches still must collect an offering, even when social distancing means they can’t pass the plate. But church leaders also want to be sensitive to the faithful’s own economic needs.

Zimbabwe church keeps diaspora connected

The Zimbabwe Episcopal Area has planted churches in Australia, Scotland, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland and the United Arab Emirates.

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Potential split leads to deep budget cuts

The United Methodist finance agency’s board narrowly approved reductions to an already slashed denominational budget. The result would be the smallest budget since 1988.