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When churches need help

Churches | Small congregations didn’t have a lot of resources before the coronavirus lockdowns, and many are now struggling to survive
by Sophia Lee
Posted 5/12/20, 06:20 pm

In mid-March, as the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths began to rise in Michigan, Kato Hart braced himself for a particularly grueling season for his community in Detroit. As the founding pastor of Hold the Light Ministries Church of God in Christ, a tiny storefront church of about 15 members, Hart knew that once again, the disaster would strike hardest the poor and the marginalized like those in his church neighborhood, which is about 94 percent black with a median household income of $20,502.

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Machen’s miracles, Methodists’ morality

History | J. Greshem Machen’s 20th-century take on liberalism could guide faithful Methodists today
by Russell St. John
Posted 1/30/20, 03:22 pm

It is not often that a dead Presbyterian can offer a way forward to living Methodists, but J. Gresham Machen can.

In February 2019 the General Conference of the United Methodist Church (UMC) passed the “Traditional Plan,” which reaffirmed the church’s ban on ordaining LGBTQ clergy and forbade current clergy from officiating at or hosting same-sex marriages. The close vote (438-384) highlighted long-term divisions within the denomination.

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Denominational divide

Churches | The United Methodist Church is heading for a split, leaving lots of questions
by Mary Reichard
Posted 1/10/20, 02:39 pm

On Jan. 3, a group of leaders in the United Methodist Church crafted a proposal to divide the denomination into separate liberal and conservative communions.

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