Daily Digest - April 16, 2018

“My goal is to work as diligently as I can — with your help — (to see) that no one leaves.” — North Texas Conference Bishop Mike McKee, addressing a question about a possible exodus from the denomination.

 

NEWS AND FEATURES

 

Hitting the road for Way Forward

RICHARDSON, Texas (UMNS) — North Texas Conference Bishop Mike McKee has been on a road show of late, holding meetings about the work of the Council of Bishops and Commission on a Way Forward. He’s just one of several bishops who have organized listening sessions about the council and commission’s effort to maintain denominational unity despite deep division over homosexuality. Sam Hodges reports. 
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Judicial Council announces special session

EVANSTON, Ill. (UMNS) — The United Methodist Judicial Council has confirmed it will meet May 22-25 at the Hilton Orrington Hotel here to consider one or more petitions related to the special session of General Conference in February 2019. The request for the top court’s May meeting came from the denomination’s Council of Bishops. Linda Bloom reports.
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Judicial Council May docket 

Board of Global Ministries
Mission leader details agency priorities

ATLANTA — The United Methodist Board of Global Ministries is taking a deep look at program performance and fiscal accountability. It also is strengthening its stand against global racism and sexual abuse, including within its large personnel network, said Thomas Kemper, the mission agency’s top executive, during his report to the board of directors. Elliott Wright has the story. 
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South Georgia Conference
Sharing God's love through bicycle ministry

DONALSONVILLE, Ga. — The joy on a father’s face, a simple promise and a commitment to God set Jim Anderson on a path toward sobriety and launched a bicycle ministry that is now in its ninth year. Kara Witherow has the story.
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PRESS RELEASES

 

United Methodist Women 
1-day registrations available for UMW Assembly 

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A limited number of one-day registrations are available for United Methodist Women’s “The Power of Bold” 2018 quadrennial assembly May 18-20 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.
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COMMENTARIES
 

Will you join in fighting racism?

WASHINGTON (UMNS) — The Rev. Donna Claycomb Sokol writes about her profound gratitude for the church that saved her by opening her eyes to racism. And the pastor of Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church — founded in 1850 as the “representative church” for the Methodist Episcopal Church South — writes about her prayers for the church to “resist evil, injustice and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves.” 
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