Daily Digest - January 28, 2020

"There's going to be a season of messiness, a season of building, but that's also an opportunity." — The Rev. Chris Ritter, keynote speaker at an event to explore creating a traditionalist Methodist denomination.


Traditionalists' event draws big crowd
TRUSSVILLE, Ala. — More than 1,000 people, mostly from Alabama but some from across the Southeastern Jurisdiction, attended a Jan. 25 meeting aimed at exploring a traditionalist denomination that would separate from The United Methodist Church. Sam Hodges reports.
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Negotiators urge hold on trials, closures
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Part of the new protocol for The United Methodist Church's separation calls for an immediate pause in closing churches and processing complaints related to LGBTQ restrictions. Heather Hahn reports on this part of the agreement and its impact.
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Minnesota church members question relaunch plan

COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. — Members of Grove United Methodist Church pushed back when they found out the church would close and relaunch in six months or so with an emphasis on seeking out younger people for the congregation. But with just 30 people worshipping weekly, church leaders say things had to change. Harmeet Kaur reports.
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Texas Conference
Pastor grows outdoor church

HOUSTON — Church Under a Tree offers prayer outdoors to help individuals who feel uncomfortable inside four walls. When the Rev. Elizabeth Palmer ministers under the tree, she said that she's able to "to do church like Jesus did." Lindsey Peyton has the story.
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United Methodist Publishing House
Submitted GC2020 legislation now online

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Advance Daily Christian Advocate, which contains the agenda, delegate listings and already submitted legislation for the 2020 General Conference, is now out. Delegates should be receiving print copies in the mail. People also can download the material in English, French, Portuguese and Kiswahili, at the link.
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Minority funding critical to separation deal

United Methodists in Philippines help volcano evacuees


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Daily Digest - April 2, 2020

Filipino pastors fear for safety; Mississippi church property dispute settled; Caldwell still preaching after guilty plea

Daily Digest - April 1, 2020

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Daily Digest - March 31, 2020

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