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Daily Digest - February 22, 2019

A conversation with GC2019 worship team; Pastors write ‘love letter’ to LGBTQ laity; Africa Initiative gathers delegates before special session
General Church
Central conference delegates to the 2019 United Methodist General Conference gather for a pre-conference meeting in Carlinville, Ill. The gathering was organized by the Africa Initiative and many of the delegates at the gathering expressed support for the Modified Traditional Plan at The United Methodist Church’s special called session of General Conference, which begins Feb. 23.

Africa Initiative gathers delegates before GC2019

Many central conference delegates at an Africa Initiative gathering expressed support for the plan that maintains the church's stance on LGBTQ people and toughens enforcement.
General Church
A rainbow stole, symbol of supporters for LGBTQ equality in The United Methodist Church, hangs from an arm of The Dream, a sculpture just outside the site of the 2016 General Conference in Portland, Ore. Just ahead of General Conference 2019, which will address the church’s homosexuality debate, LGBTQ clergy released an open letter to LGBTQ laity. File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Pastors write 'love letter' to LGBTQ laity

Just ahead of GC2019, which will address the church's longtime homosexuality debate, more than 100 clergy seek to offer words of comfort.