Daily Digest - January 30, 2020

“Minneapolis can be the place where God pours out God’s extravagant love and grace on a hurting, broken, anxious church and liberates us from our conflict.” — Dakotas-Minnesota Area Bishop Bruce Ough, discussing his hopes for the 2020 General Conference.

Foretaste of what’s on the table at GC2020
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UM News) — In a gathering that emphasized the denomination's impasse over homosexuality, United Methodists received a preview of some of the proposals that will be before General Conference delegates in Minneapolis. Heather Hahn reports.
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Top court sets its pre-General Conference docket
MINNEAPOLIS (UM News) — The United Methodist Judicial Council has a 14-item docket to consider during its spring meeting, which will take place just before General Conference 2020. Five of the items are related to the October 2019 special session of the Greater New Jersey Conference. Also on the docket is the continuation of a request from the court’s fall session regarding the issue of improper voting during the special General Conference in 2019. Linda Bloom reports.
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Church in Liberia focuses on addiction ministries
MONROVIA, Liberia (UM News) — New recovery ministries are sprouting up following a substance abuse seminar hosted by The United Methodist Church in Liberia. Church leaders are using what they learned to expand and strengthen programs for those struggling with addiction. E Julu Swen reports.
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Florida Conference
What happens when pastors grieve?

TAMPA, Fla. — In an ideal world, all clergy would be prepared when tragedy or a crisis intersects at both a church and private level, but that’s usually not the case. That’s why the Florida Conference created its Shade and Fresh Water Ministry 20 years ago, to provide covenant groups for clergy to focus on their own physical, emotional and spiritual self-care. Michelle Bearden reports. 
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RESOURCES

Church and Society
Revised Social Principles on new website

WASHINGTON — A new website to introduce the revised Social Principles to The United Methodist Church has been created by the United Methodist Board of Church and Society. The site includes an introductory video, translations of the document in eight languages and additional resources. The revised Social Principles will be considered by delegates at the 2020 General Conference in May.
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PRESS RELEASES

General Conference Commission
Survey results guide delegate orientation

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A survey of central conference delegates is providing important direction for the team planning the pre-General Conference 2020 orientation for central conference delegates. Delegates from Africa, Europe and the Philippines were most interested in three topics: conversation with delegates from other delegations and areas of the central conferences, educational materials such as the Advance Daily Christian Advocate to equip delegates in making informed decisions, and restructuring proposals affecting the organization and makeup of the denomination.
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