Daily Digest - April 12, 2019

“When you remove the United Methodist Church in my area, there will not be life.” — North Katanga Bishop Mande Muyombo, Congo.


200 years of ‘answering the call’ to mission

ATLANTA (UMNS) — From a salute to a pioneer among the Wyandotte to a call to engage global youth, a United Methodist event reconsiders the nature of mission. Linda Bloom reports. 
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Conference offers guidance on apportionment alternatives
PASADENA, Calif. (UMNS) — The California-Pacific Conference sent a letter to all their churches with advice on connectional giving options that include withholding or redirecting apportionment contributions as a demonstration of their rejection of 2019 General Conference votes. Kathy L. Gilbert has the story.
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Rio Texas Conference 
Churches prepare to help in border crisis 

DEL RIO, Texas — Churches in the Rio Texas Conference are gearing up to offer nonperishable food and health care essentials to women and children being released in the Del Rio area after applying for refugee status. The United Methodist Committee on Relief is providing supplies. 
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Holston Conference
Students protest Hiwassee College closing

MADISONVILLE, Tenn. — About 40 students protested the announcement that Hiwassee College will close on May 10. The financially troubled United Methodist-affiliated college made the announcement March 28.
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Read United Methodist News story about the closing

United Methodist Women
Author discusses book about United Methodist Women

NEW YORK — Listen to audio of author Ellen Blue discussing her book “Women United for Change: 150 Years in Mission,” and responding to questions. The book is the first of two volumes marking the 150th anniversary of United Methodist Women.
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Read about the book

United Methodist News Service includes in the Daily Digest various commentaries about the plans for the future of the church and other issues in the denomination. The commentaries reflect a variety of viewpoints and are the opinions of the writers, not the UMNS staff.

Baltimore-Washington Conference
GC2019: Myths and realities

UPPER MARLBORO, Md.—The process surrounding the recent General Conference has been “punctuated with a number of myths,” writes Bishop Forrest C. Stith. The retired bishop addresses those and shares his hope that the denomination’s lawmaking assembly will adopt more of a consensus-building model that embraces holy conferencing.
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Outcome of General Conference bittersweet

Photo essay: ‘John Wesley’ sails the Amazon


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