News and Views


Taste & See redefines possibilities of church

October 17, 2017

On his way to the Taste & See event at American University on Sept. 24, the Rev. Rodney Smothers found himself wondering about the purpose, “the why,” of the event. But his thoughts were soon sidetracked by his GPS, which insisted he go a...

New faith expressions create entrepreneurial spirit

October 17, 2017

In a growing trend of less focus on worship and more emphasis on personal faith nourishment and experiencing God-moments through mission and creative outreach in the community, a sense of “whole life evangelism” is becoming the way of doing...

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.

Tags: clergy, housing allowance, parsonage, tax

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.

Tags: clergy, housing allowance, tax, gcfa

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.

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