Daily Digest - August 7, 2019


Perkins School of Theology
Professors are ideological adversaries, unlikely friends

DALLAS (UM News) — You wouldn't expect Susanne Scholz and the Rev. William J. "Billy" Abraham to be good friends. On many issues, including ministry with LGBTQ people, the two Perkins School of Theology faculty members could not be further apart. Yet their friendship has endured. Mary Jacobs reports for a story originally published in the summer issue of Perkins' Perspective magazine.
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Faith & Leadership
Taking care of the caregivers

MARIETTA, Ga. — Sheila Welch's experience as a caregiver led her into her current vocation as coordinator of the dementia care ministry at Due West United Methodist Church. The church supports those looking after spouses who have dementia. "Caregivers need just as much care as the person who is living with dementia," Welch said. Jennifer Christensen has the story.
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Sewing center nurtures girls, women in Congo
KAMINA, Congo (UM News) — In the North Katanga Conference, girls and women are learning to sew while building confidence and competence at the United Methodist sewing center. The Rev. Betty Kazadi Musau has the story.
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Dakotas and Minnesota conferences
Dakotas, Minnesota foundations are collaborating

MITCHELL, S.D. — The president of the Dakotas United Methodist Foundation will add the Minnesota United Methodist Foundation to her responsibilities under a one-year pilot arrangement. The Minnesotans are looking to benefit from the networking abilities of Dakotas executive Sheri Meister. Doreen Gosmire and Christa Meland have the story.
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Council of Bishops
Bishops urge push to end white supremacy, xenophobia

WASHINGTON — In the aftermath of mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, United Methodist Council of Bishops President Bishop Kenneth Carter called for United Methodists to help end white supremacy and xenophobia, which he says are fueling a culture of violence.
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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.

Greater New Jersey Conference
Bishop troubled over assisted suicide law

NEPTUNE, N.J. — In a message to the Greater New Jersey Conference, Bishop John Schol expressed concern about a new state law "that after consultation with three doctors, a person may allow their life to be medically ended because of their medical condition." The law took effect Aug. 1.
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Wespath using financial clout for climate change

Commentary: United Methodists are question-mark people


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