Daily Digest - December 12, 2019

“The task force and editorial team listened to the chorus of voices and passions and the people of The United Methodist Church have their handprints all over the Revised Social Principles.”The Rev. Mary Elizabeth Moore, chair of the revision team and dean of Boston University School of Theology.


NEWS AND FEATURES

Revised Social Principles reflect worldwide church

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UM News) — For the past eight years, a diverse group of writers and editors has been revising the denomination’s Social Principles, which long have been an expression of the Wesleyan commitment to social holiness for The United Methodist Church. The revision heads to the 2020 General Conference for approval. Kathy L. Gilbert reports.
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Michigan Conference
Summit focuses on water justice

DETROIT — The North Central Jurisdiction is gathering water advocates and experts to float ideas and inspire enthusiasm toward the development of a United Methodist-led strategy for water security. Close to one billion people lack consistent access to safe drinking water. A Global Water Justice Summit is scheduled for Jan. 24-25 at Cass Community United Methodist Church. Kay DeMoss reports.
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Iowa Conference
Church forms partnership with local school

DAVENPORT, Iowa — Thousands of meals a month are being distributed as part of the partnership between Christ United Methodist Church and Buchanan Elementary School. The arrangement started with a challenge to Christ United from the school district’s superintendent to pick one school on which to focus its resources.
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PRESS RELEASES

Rebekah Simon-Peter Coaching and Consulting
Book encourages people to ‘Dream Like Jesus’

CASPER, Wyo. — The Rev. Rebekah Simon-Peter, a United Methodist pastor and church consultant, reflects on the power of spirituality in her most recent book, “Dream Like Jesus: Deepen Your Faith and Bring the Impossible to Life.” The book draws on her experience of 30 years of recovery from addiction and 25 years as a pastor.
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RESOURCES

Global Ministries
Reflections on the Advent season

ATLANTA — United Methodist missionaries share what the Christmas season looks like in the countries they serve. The devotionals also include Scripture and prayers for the year ahead.
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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.

The Dallas Morning News
SMU president addresses dispute

DALLAS — Southern Methodist University President R. Gerald Turner spoke to Dallas Morning News columnist Sharon Grigsby about the school’s decision to change its governing documents, eliminating the role of The United Methodist Church’s South Central Jurisdictional Conference. The conference is suing SMU.
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