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Most Recent Update—April 2022

Wespath continues to focus on continuity of benefits for those who serve and the impact of disaffiliations on pensions, benefits and liabilities funding. These FAQs are updated periodically.

Please direct any questions to [email protected].


In early March 2022, the Council of Bishops requested a declaratory decision (Docket 1021-23) from the Judicial Council regarding whether an annual conference may separate from the UMC under The Book of Discipline. On April 12, 2022, Wespath submitted an amicus brief to assist the Judicial Council in addressing certain questions in the Council of Bishops’ request related to the maintenance of retirement benefits in the event of the separation of an annual conference.

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Do you have an additional question for Wespath Benefits and Investments on how outcomes of General Conference 2019 impact clergy benefits, as well as related effects on local churches, annual conferences or institutional investors? Please submit your question to Wespath.