Daily Digest - July 11, 2019

“It has been eye-opening for the congregation to see firsthand the way our government treats the most vulnerable people on earth in our name. Most people don’t have a front-row seat like we do.”The Rev. Isaac Collins, pastor of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church.


NEWS AND FEATURES

Immigrant in United Methodist church fined $214,000

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UM News) — Maria Chavalan Sut, who has been in sanctuary at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in Charlottesville, Virginia, since last October, is one of several immigrants fined by the federal government. The fines — along with horrific stories about the treatment of immigrant children and families along the U.S. border and threats of immigration sweeps — sparked a call to action on behalf of immigrants from denominational groups. Kathy L. Gilbert reports. 
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Members donate salaries to build church
KOLWEZI, Congo (UM News) — In Congo, where the average annual income is $400, United Methodists raised the equivalent of $2.5 million to build Centennial Memorial Temple. Chenayi Kumuterera has the story.
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New 2019 annual conference reports posted 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UM News) — United Methodist News is posting annual conference reports. New reports are Memphis, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma Indian Missionary, Redbird Missionary, Susquehanna, Western North Carolina and West Virginia. 
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Dakotas Conference
Dakotas church has first baptism in 17 years

COLOME, S.D. — Colome United Methodist Church was awarded a One Matters Award from Discipleship Ministries after baptizing a baby for the first time in 17 years. The award goes to churches that are getting results from focusing on intentional discipleship. It comes with a plaque and $1,000 to encourage more progress. Doreen Gosmire has the story.
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Duke Divinity School
Duke wellness initiative focuses on clergy health

DURHAM, N.C. — Spirited Life is a wellness intervention and holistic health study that grew out of a Duke Divinity School initiative to assess the health of United Methodist clergy in North Carolina and develop a program to meet their needs. Research indicates that clergy experience higher than average rates of obesity, Type 2 diabetes, hypertension and depression. The Spirited Life program, a collaboration between Duke Divinity and the denomination's two North Carolina conferences, aims to change those statistics.
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RESOURCES 

United Methodist Communications
Q&A: Sexual harassment and misconduct in church  

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — When boundaries are violated and clergy engage in sexualized behavior, they can shake the spiritual foundation of the other person. Providing resources to prevent sexual misconduct and advocating for victims and survivors is part of the work of Becky Posey Williams of the United Methodist Commission on the Status and Role of Women. She discussed her work with ResourceUMC.
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