Daily Digest - April 29, 2019

NEWS AND FEATURES 

Court rulings escalate talk of church split

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Rulings by The United Methodist Church’s top court on General Conference 2019 action have some church members celebrating and some planning exit strategies. Heather Hahn and UMNS staff report on reactions to the rulings and what they might mean for the church's future. 
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Court OKs part of Traditional Plan, exit plan
Bishops’ response to Judicial Council

Ohio college breaks with denomination
BEREA, Ohio — Baldwin Wallace University’s trustee board has voted unanimously to end the school’s formal affiliation with The United Methodist Church. The April 26 decision came in response to General Conference’s strengthening of bans against same-sex unions and ordination of LGBTQ persons as clergy. Sam Hodges has the story. 
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United Methodist Communications
Pastor preaches creation care

SOLOMONS, Md. (UMC.org) — Before she was a pastor, the Reverend Dottie Yunger was a marine biologist. She lives her faith by educating others about the living miracles of God’s creation and, through the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries’ EarthKeepers program, preaches the church’s commitment to care for the environment as spelled out in the Social Principles. 
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Florida Conference
Lay people crucial in congregational care

LAKELAND, Fla. — No matter their size or location, churches must care for people. Recently, about 100 Florida United Methodists learned more about Congregational Care Ministries, a program aimed to empower lay people to work alongside their pastors in bringing needed comfort. Anne Dukes has the story. 
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Church and Society
Board recommends revised Social Principles

WASHINGTON — The board of directors of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society voted to recommend a major revision of the Social Principles to the 2020 General Conference.
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