Daily Digest - January 15, 2019

“From the bottom of our hearts, the intention is healing and the wholeness of our denomination.” The Rev. Alexandre da Silva Souto on why the United Methodist Queer Clergy Caucus submitted the Simple Plan.


NEWS AND FEATURES

Simple Plan supporters talk strategy

MADISON, N.J. (UMNS) — Supporters of the Simple Plan acknowledge the legislation faces long odds at the special General Conference next month. Backers recently held a strategy session on promoting a plan that strikes out all church restrictions related to homosexuality. Heather Hahn reports.
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Ask The UMC
When was the first Book of Discipline created?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The first Book of Discipline was adopted in 1784 at the historic Christmas Conference. The edition contained 81 questions and answers, following the format John Wesley modeled in the "Large Minutes" of the conferences in England. Ask The UMC, a ministry of United Methodist Communications, has more on the first edition and how it has evolved. 
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United Methodist Communications
Navajo advocate speaks up for others

SHIPROCK, N.M. (UMC.org) — When Daryl Junes-Joe, a member of the Navajo Nation, retired five years ago from her work as a tribal prosecutor and advocate for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, she pictured a quiet retirement. However, God had other plans. Junes-Joe continues to be a voice for communities that are unseen and unheard. 
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2018 annual conference reports 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — United Methodist News is posting reports from annual conference sessions as we receive them. The latest are from the Mozambique North and Zimbabwe East conferences.
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PRESS RELEASES

Methodist Church in Britain
Methodists launch new evangelism team

LONDON — The Methodist Church in Britain has created a four-person team that will travel the nation in the coming months to support a network of 4,650 churches. The team will promote everyday evangelism, helping churches reach out into their local communities and starting new churches.
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COMMENTARIES 

North Texas United Methodists visit border

McKINNEY, Texas — A group from First United Methodist Church of McKinney and First United Methodist Church of Richardson traveled to the Texas-Mexico border in December to observe immigration enforcement and serve as court monitors. They reflected on the size and complexity of the humanitarian crisis in an essay for the North Texas Conference website.
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