Daily Digest - August 16, 2019

“Delegates are free to vote according to their conscience without interference by others observing, monitoring or recording their votes.”Proposed addition to the General Conference rules of order.


NEWS AND FEATURES

What to expect at General Conference 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky. (UM News) — Organizers used 20/20 hindsight in planning the 2020 General Conference. Among the changes coming are stricter credential requirements for delegates and some proposed rule changes. Heather Hahn reports. 
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Read press release on GC2019 report

MARCHA: Hispanic-Latino voice needed at GC2020
PHILADELPHIA (UM News) — Amid discussions at the annual assembly of the Hispanic-Latino United Methodist caucus about racism, gun violence, the immigration crisis and denominational clashes was the call to make their voices heard at General Conference 2020. The Rev. Gustavo Vasquez reports.
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Filipino church connects with indigenous peoples
BATAAN, Philippines (UM News) — In celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day in the Philippines, a United Methodist outreach team brought critical medical attention and supplies to more than 100 Aetas. The Aetas are indigenous peoples who live in isolated mountainous parts of Luzon. Gladys P. Mangiduyos has the story.
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PRESS RELEASES

Connectional Table
New website explores denomination’s future

CHICAGO — A new website dedicated to life as a United Methodist after General Conference 2019 has been launched by the Connectional Table. Content of the Emerging website will explore the leadership, ecclesiology, theology, missiology, polity and history of United Methodism.
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COMMENTARIES
UM News includes in the Daily Digest various commentaries about issues in the denomination. The opinion pieces reflect a variety of viewpoints and are the opinions of the writers, not the UM News staff

Seeing ‘new face’ of Christian church in China
BEIJING (UM News)  — A joint United Methodist Volunteers in Mission team from the North Central and Northeastern Jurisdictions, making a journey of peace and goodwill to China, finds that faith is becoming more and more a part of public life there, writes the Rev. Thomas Lank.
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Daily Digest - September 16, 2019

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