Daily Digest - December 3, 2020

“We don’t know what the 2021 General Conference is going to look like if it happens in person or virtually. So it seems to me that in the moment of transition in the church, we need to continue the visioning process.”The Rev. Jay Williams, who is among General Conference delegates urging United Methodists to use the delay to map a new vision. 


NEWS AND FEATURES

Delegates discuss mapping new church vision

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UM News) — In a tumultuous time for The United Methodist Church, a group of General Conference delegates sees an opportunity to map a new denominational vision. The group, called “Out of Chaos… Creation,” held its second set of webinars to share some of the international feedback on what that vision might look like. Heather Hahn reports.
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Appalachian Trail chaplain shares devotional book
ROAN MOUNTAIN, Tenn. (UM News) — “Chappy Jack” Layfield served as the 2019 Appalachian Trail chaplain, a ministry of the Holston Conference. He has written a book of daily devotionals that chronicles his experiences on “the AT” and his spiritual growth as a result of the 2,200-mile hike. Video report by Joey Butler with photos by Mike DuBose.
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Chaplain nears end of ‘2,200 miles of ministry’

New 2020 annual conference reports posted
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UM News) — United Methodist News is posting 2020 annual conference reports. New this week are the Dakotas, Central Texas, Greater New Jersey, Missouri and North Katanga. 
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PRESS RELEASES

Arkansas Conference 
$15 million gift for Hendrix

CONWAY, Ark. — Hendrix College has received a $15 million gift from the Windgate Foundation. It’s the largest “outright” gift in the United Methodist school’s history, officials said.
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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.

North Texas Conference 
Small church is big on giving blood

MESQUITE, Texas — A 150-person congregation has become a big donor of blood for the American Red Cross. In the past eight months, St. Stephen United Methodist Church has hosted 16 blood drives, yielding 461 units of blood. The Rev. Geoffrey Moore, senior pastor, writes about how the church came to have this ministry focus.
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HEADLINES

New progressive denomination starts


Estimating financial impact of church exits


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