Daily Digest - August 1, 2019

NEWS AND FEATURES

Two mission initiatives to join Côte d’Ivoire

DAKAR, Senegal (UM News) — A delegation from the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries met with two mission initiatives — in Senegal and Cameroon — and announced these initiatives will become districts attached to the Côte d'Ivoire Conference. Isaac Broune reports. 
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Scholars gather to champion LGBTQ inclusion
DALLAS (UM News) — About 60 United Methodist scholars who support LGBTQ inclusion will gather for a livestreamed discussion of Scripture, Wesleyan values and the denomination’s future. Heather Hahn writes about what is planned for the Aug. 7-8 meeting.
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New 2019 annual conference reports posted 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UM News) — United Methodist News is posting annual conference reports. New reports this week are East Congo, Louisiana, Middle Philippines and North Texas. 
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Iowa Conference
Churches reach out to bikers

CHARITON, Iowa — United Methodist churches in Iowa were ready to help when riders in an annual seven-day bicycle ride passed through their towns. It was the 47th Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa.
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South Carolina Conference
Fine arts camp fuses faith, creativity

FORT MILL, S.C. — For the fourth year running, St. John’s United Methodist Church hosted dozens of kids at its fine arts camp that fuses creativity and Jesus. The children had the chance to explore visual art, photography, theater, chorus, instrumental music and creative writing — all while learning that they each have gifts, and how they can use their gifts to worship God. Jessica Brodie reports.
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PRESS RELEASES

Council of Bishops
Applications open for 2 ecumenical programs

WASHINGTON — The Council of Bishops invites applications for two programs designed to strengthen ecumenical and interreligious relationships. Groups within annual conferences can apply for 2020 local initiatives grants and United Methodist young adults can apply for a scholarship to attend the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey, Switzerland. The deadline to apply for both programs is Sept. 13. 
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