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Mississippi Annual Conference

Bishop James E. Swanson Sr. urges Mississippi United Methodists to aid children left abandoned after their parents were arrested in an Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid Aug. 7. Read more

Advocating Justice 1 Comments

The seven congregations have left the United Methodist denomination under the process set out in a disaffiliation plan adopted in February by the special called General Conference. Read more

Local Church 17 Comments

Chris McAlilly

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Discussion of the departure of two churches from the Mississippi Annual Conference leads the Rev. Jeremy Smith to new conclusions about the nature and practice of United Methodism's "clergy covenant." Read more

Jeremy Smith 1 Comments

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How did a $7 million dollar congregation leave The United Methodist Church by only paying $69,000? The deal is just absurd, contends the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

Jeremy Smith 2 Comments

The Orchard

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The Orchard, previously listed as the 16th largest United Methodist congregation in worship attendance, has left the Mississippi Conference in an "amicable separation." Read more

Local Church

Broken Cross & Flame

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News that two large United Methodist congregations in Mississippi want to leave the denomination shouldn't frighten the rest of us, contends the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

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Church politics, economics, and leverage paint a rather dramatic picture of this moment playing out in Mississippi, America, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

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Hands

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Large churches planning to leave the denomination are actually sowing more seeds of division than potential compromise policies on marriage and ordination, writes the Rev. Andy Bryan. Read more

Perspectives

Broken Cross & Flame

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News that two congregations in Mississippi have applied to leave The United Methodist Church prompts the Rev. Jeremy Smith to examine who really will be harmed by the congregations' departure. It's not who you may think. Read more

Jeremy Smith 6 Comments