Daily Digest - January 10, 2020

“Peacemaking is hard work. The real story is the mediation process allowed us to gain the necessary muscle tone to work toward resolution rather than work toward conflict.”The Rev. Tom Berlin, participant in protocol process.


NEWS AND FEATURES

Protocol process painful but fruitful

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UM News) — United Methodists describe the process of overcoming obstacles during mediation that resulted in the “Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation.” Kathy L. Gilbert reports.
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Puerto Rican Methodists begin earthquake response
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (UM News) — The Methodist Church of Puerto Rico is putting its Hurricane Maria experience to use as a series of earthquakes cause damage, power outages and a constant state of distress. The United Methodist Committee on Relief also is sending an assessment team to the island. Dan Curran has the story.
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Changes afoot for United Methodist schools’ group
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UM News) — The National Association of Schools and Colleges of The United Methodist Church is headed toward a name change and more expansive membership policy. The group also is still pushing The United Methodist Church to remove restrictions against full LGBTQ participation. Sam Hodges reports.
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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.

UM & Global
A primer on UMC assets: Who owns them?

ATLANTA — In the first of a series, David W. Scott discusses the legal frameworks that impact all United Methodist assets as the denomination faces the possibility of a division.
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