Daily Digest - August 12, 2019

NEWS AND FEATURES


Improper voting at GC2019 voids key vote

LEXINGTON, Ky. (UM News) — General Conference organizers have determined enough improper voting likely took place at the 2019 special session to nullify a key vote on how congregations can leave The United Methodist Church. Heather Hahn reports. 
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Plans canceled for GC2024 in Philippines
LEXINGTON, Ky. (UM News) — The United Methodist Church’s top lawmaking assembly won’t be held in the Philippines in 2024, General Conference organizers have decided. Heather Hahn reports.
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NBC29-WVIR-TV
Charlottesville church takes back August

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — First United Methodist Church of Charlottesville held a special service Aug. 11 — two years after the violent Unite the Right Rally. Services the past two weekends of Aug. 12 were missed because of the white supremacist rally in 2017 and heavy police presence in 2018. Moriah Davis reports. 
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Pastor Partridge Blog 
Scouting brings couple together

GLEN JEAN, W.Va. — Pete and Emily Brewer met at a Scouting event and later married in their church, First United Methodist in Richardson, Texas. Since Scouting was what brought them together, they decided to spend their honeymoon as volunteers at the 2019 World Scout Jamboree. The Rev. John Partridge, a United Methodist pastor serving as a chaplain at the event, tells their story.
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Response Magazine
UMW supports work of Portuguese Methodists

NEW YORK — The Portuguese Methodist Women’s Federation, with support from United Methodist Women, offers many programs that enrich communities, including preschool and afterschool programs; an annual summer camp for retired persons; Sunday school and a learning weekend that welcomes all Christian faiths to meet. Courtney Jansen and Nile Sprague have the story.
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RESOURCES

Commission on Religion and Race
Tools for dealing with racism and violence

WASHINGTON — The United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race is offering resources to model the divine love of Christ in response to racism and violence. The commission said it is especially important for laity and clergy in white congregations and other predominantly white spaces to “learn, act and speak clearly in opposition to hate speech and violence."
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