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Job Opening Notice

We are seeking a part-time office administrator, which serves as office receptionist: answering the phone, scheduling meetings/appointments and assisting individuals who drop in with specific requests. Prepares bulletins and announcement sheets for weekly worship services and the monthly newsletter. Applicant should possess knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Publisher.
Send letter of intent to:
Decorah First United Methodist Church
302 W. Broadway
P.O. Box 221
Decorah, Iowa 52101

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Commission on a Way Forward

January 2020 update: Read how the denomination’s Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation was formed (courtesy United Methodist News Service).

As announced Jan. 3, 2020, a diverse, 16-member group of United Methodist bishops and other leaders has offered a proposal that would preserve The United Methodist Church while allowing traditionalist-minded congregations to form a new denomination. The separating group would get $25 million in United Methodist funds and would keep its local church properties.

Details are in a nine-page “Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation,” released Jan. 3 along with an FAQ and press release.

The proposal — reached with the help of famed mediator Kenneth Feinberg, who worked on the federal September 11th Victim Compensation Fund — requires approval by the 2020 General Conference. Drafting of legislation is still underway for the legislative assembly, which is the only body that speaks for the 13 million global denomination.

Archive of Jan. 13 Discussion:
UM News interviews protocol developers

Downloadable PDF:
Comparing plans headed to GC2020

2019: Read information below about recent decisions from the 2019 Commission on a Way Forward and a response from the Iowa Conference of the United Methodist Church.

  • The United Methodist Church’s Judicial Council decisions regarding the General Conference 2019 on human sexuality, April 26, 2019.