Daily Digest - July 1, 2019

“In 1996, my family fled to a refugee camp in Tanzania after my father and two sisters were murdered during the First Congo War…. Almost every one of the congregation has a similar life experience.”Edumakono Zetho, a seminarian and associate pastor of New Hope United Methodist Church in Milwaukee. 


NEWS AND FEATURES

Refugee church helps other refugees worship 

MILWAUKEE (UM News) — A Milwaukee church started by Hmong refugees from Laos welcomes a congregation of Congolese refugees. The Rev. Thomas Kim has the story. 
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7 Mississippi churches exit denomination
JACKSON, Miss. (UM News) — The Mississippi Annual Conference voted to approve the departure of seven churches that asked to leave the denomination. The bishop and one of the pastors involved agree the connection had been fraying for some time. Jim Patterson reports. 
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Clinic patients come in carts, wheelbarrows, on foot
PFUNGWE, Zimbabwe (UM News) — An 85-year-old woman rode in an ox-drawn cart, while a 95-year-old man walked for three hours to reach the Dindi United Methodist Clinic for the rare opportunity to see a doctor or get other health services. The United Methodist Church collaborated with the business community and locals during an outreach program aimed at drawing people to Dindi Clinic’s health services. The clinic is in the midst of an upgrade. The Rev. Tauri Emmanuel Maforo reports. 
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PRESS RELEASES 

Commission on General Conference
Deadline extended for GC2020 worship

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — United Methodist choirs, worship ensembles and liturgists from around the world can apply to be part of the worship experience at General Conference on May 5-15, 2020, in Minneapolis. The deadline for submission has been extended to Sept. 15. 
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RESOURCES

United Methodist Communications
Get your family talking about creation

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Earth is God’s gift and God asks humanity to care for it. The Rev. Joe Iovino suggests conversation starters and devotional resources to reflect on the beauty God created.
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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.

Wesley would urge church to stay Christ-centered
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (UM News) — Wesley’s advice on how to live and serve with fellow Methodists with varying opinions on doctrine and practice applies to United Methodists today, writes the Rev. Steven W. Manskar. He shared his views with “Many Voices, One Faith,” a forum for sharing theological perspectives on topics of interest in The United Methodist Church.
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