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October 2017

GCFA, WesPath to monitor court ruling on clergy housing

October 13, 2017

United Methodist clergy should hold tight, for now, following a federal judge's ruling that struck down the law that gives clergy tax-free housing allowances. GCFA and WesPath are monitoring the situation.

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Oct. 2017 Housing Allowance Opinion - Content and Reasoning

October 12, 2017

A federal judge in Wisconsin recently found the housing allowance tax exemption for clergy to be unconstitutional. The Legal Services Department at GCFA has reviewed the decision and prepared a short analysis.

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Guidelines and a Format for Annual Conference Resolutions

October 12, 2017

Guidelines for formatting and submitting a resolution to the 2018 Annual Conference Session are now out. The deadline is Jan. 15, 2018.

Colesville UMC attacks water pollution

October 11, 2017

Colesville UMC recently dedicated a Rain Garden as a way to support water conservation and attack water pollution. The garden will also be a teaching tool for children and others to learn about caring for God's creation.

D.C. church repents for racism of its past

October 11, 2017

Mount Vernon Place UMC in D.C. celebrates the 100th anniversary of the laying of its cornerstone with a service of remembrance and repentance.

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We are called to be collaborators with God

October 11, 2017

By Rev. Rod MillerSpecial to the UMConnection The first in a three part commentary. Also read: Laity and clergy in partnership: a vital connection  How we understand our relationship with God can greatly affect the trajectory of our...