Daily Digest - April 2, 2019

“At present, we live in a situation of huge anxiety in the church and of low trust. That is not a good moment for really clarifying how much adaptation ... we give to parts in the church.” — Central and Southern Europe Area Bishop Patrick Streiff.

NEWS AND FEATURES

Feedback sought on global Discipline effort
MANILA, Philippines (UMNS) — The fallout of the special General Conference has slowed a project to determine what in the Book of Discipline is adaptable in Africa, Europe and the Philippines. Instead of a vote on proposed revisions, church leaders plan to ask the 2020 General Conference for feedback. Heather Hahn reports. 
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Church embraces cyclone survivors in Zimbabwe
CHIMANIMANI, Zimbabwe (UMNS) — The United Methodist Church has rallied to provide relief to those affected by Cyclone Idai, which ravaged parts of Zimbabwe two weeks ago. Eveline Chikwanah and Kudzai Chingwe have an update on how the church is providing physical and emotional support to survivors. 
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Michigan Conference
Covenant between Haiti, Michigan going strong
DETROIT — A covenant between the Michigan Conference and the Methodist Church in Haiti is working on two priorities: financial strength and self-sufficiency. Kay DeMoss has the story about this 23-year relationship.
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Disability Ministries
Deaf churchgoers gather in Southeastern Jurisdiction
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. — Deaf United Methodists and hearing allies in the Southeastern Jurisdiction recently met at Epworth by the Sea retreat center for training and to commit to renewal post-General Conference. The Rev. Leo Yates Jr. reports. 
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Bishop White: Strong convictions, gentle touch
CONCORD, Mass. (UMNS) — As a fierce advocate for peace and justice, United Methodist Bishop C. Dale White tackled some of the big issues of recent decades with a "gentle fearlessness" that many people found engaging. This story has been updated to include a contact address and information on the surviving family members of White, 94, who died March 29. A memorial service will be set at a later date. 
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PRESS RELEASES

United Methodist Women
Ford urged to adopt clean car standards
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — United Methodist Women and other faith groups have urged Ford Motor Company to adopt federal clean car standards. The groups are delivering a series of “Faith to Ford” letters and meeting with Ford representatives.
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