Daily Digest - April 3, 2018

“The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. did not come preaching something new. He came shouting something we already knew but failed to live.”Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president of the Council of Bishops.

United Methodist Bishops Bruce R. Ough and LaTrelle Easterling spoke at a prayer witness on the eve of a national rally to end racism. Photo by Kathy L. Gilbert, UMNS
Photo by Kathy L. GIlbert, UMNS



United Methodists pledge to fight racism

WASHINGTON (UMNS) — In the 50 years since the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., racism is still “rearing its ugly head,” but nothing is a match for the God we love, said Bishop LaTrelle Miller Easterling. She was one of several United Methodist leaders who spoke on the eve of a rally expected to draw thousands to the nation’s capital. Kathy L. Gilbert has the story.
Read story
United Methodist join rally against racism

2 churches vote to leave denomination

LOUISVILLE, Miss. (UMNS) — Members of two Mississippi congregations led by the same pastor have chosen to leave The United Methodist Church. Their votes follow the departures of two large churches in the conference last year. In all four cases, pastors cited the ongoing homosexuality debate. Heather Hahn reports. 
Read story

Church condemns sexual violence in DRC

SAMBA, Democratic Republic of Congo (UMNS) — The United Methodist Church here is helping raise awareness about sexual assault and encouraging victims to break their silence and seek justice. In the southern Maniema province, 5,000 cases of sexual violence were recorded in 2017 and most of the victims are girls ages 14 to 17, according to a new report. Chadrack Tambwe Londe has the story.
Read story 

Tips for following Jesus every day

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMC.org) — The Rev. Junius Dotson, top executive of Discipleship Ministries, offers practical tips for growing in one’s relationship with Jesus and finding opportunities to share the Christian faith. The list includes praying for and with those serving restaurant meals.
Listen to podcast 

Michigan Conference
Alive at Crystal Springs

DOWAGIAC, Mich. — Dedicated in 1860, Crystal Springs Camp and Retreat Center is likely the oldest religious camp in the state. As churches are sending fewer kids to camp, the center has refocused its mission to do more outreach with its neighbors, hosting community events and welcoming campers from schools and other groups. Kay DeMoss reports. 
Read story 




Holston Conference
To love neighbors, pay for their laundry

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — To reach Colonial Heights United Methodist Church, people must go past a nearby laundromat. As part of loving their neighbors, church members decided to pay for the laundromat’s customers. The Rev. Daniel Ogle, the church’s pastor, reports what happened next.
Read commentary 



United Methodists on 50 years without King

United Methodist elected governor in DRC



Here are some of the activities ahead for United Methodists across the connection. If you have a United Methodist event to share, you can add it to the calendar with this submission form.

Thursday, April 5

Online Lay Servant Workshop: Leading Bible study



Share your story or tips with us at newsdesk@umcom.org.

See more United Methodist events

Latest News

Daily Digest - November 15, 2018

Seeing a Way Forward: Bishop Carter; Churches balance safety with piety, openness; Plan endorsements

Daily Digest - November 14, 2018

New urgency for peace on Korean Peninsula; Bishops urge trust in GC2019 delegates; Church in Zimbabwe launches eco-congregation

Daily Digest - November 13, 2018

Advice to Christians: Learn a little Hebrew; Sierra Leone Initiative cultivates mission; North Carolina layman offers shelter from the storm

Sign up for our newsletter!