Daily Digest - August 6, 2018

“A political action is not personal conduct when the political officer is carrying out official policy.” — Alabama-West Florida Conference Bishop David Graves, explaining dismissal of complaints against U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.


NEWS AND FEATURES

Complaints against Sessions dismissed
MOBILE, Ala. (UMNS) — The formal complaints against U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions filed by fellow United Methodists under church law have been dismissed by a district superintendent, with backing by the Alabama-West Florida Conference bishop. The complaints concerned Sessions’ role in zero-tolerance border enforcement. Sam Hodges reports.
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United Methodists join peace prayer in Zimbabwe
CHITUNGWIZA, Zimbabwe (UMNS) — In the wake of post-election violence, more than 200 people, including United Methodists, gathered at an interdenominational prayer meeting for peace organized by the Zimbabwe Council of Churches. Eveline Chikwanah reports.
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WCC: Zimbabwe’s churches strike note of reconciliation 

Minnesota Conference
Sharing ways to care for the planet
ST. PAUL, Minn. — More than 100 United Methodists from 17 states and the Philippines gathered July 26-29 at Hamline University to discuss environmental stewardship and explore specific ways in which they are called to care for the planet. An annual event, the Creation Care Summit meets in a different city each year. Christa Meland reports.
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Greater New Jersey Conference
N.J. youth orchestra grows faith
LEONIA, N.J. — After Grace Korean merged with Bethel United Methodist Church in 2017, the members of the Young Chamber Orchestra, ages 13 to 29, have activated a new generation in the church. Denise Herschel has the story.
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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Conference newspaper’s history remembered
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — As the Arkansas Conference’s newspaper goes digital and ends its print edition, United Methodists reflect on its history. Francisca Jones has the story.
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COMMENTARIES

United Methodist Publishing House
Perspectives on Decision 201
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Circuit Rider, a publication of the United Methodist Publishing House, offers varied perspectives as The United Methodist Church prepares for the special General Conference in 2019.
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