Daily Digest - July 29, 2020


"In my heart, I honestly believe and my experience tells me that everyone is working toward the same goal." — The Rev. Jeremy Wicks on the connections between police and the Black Lives Matter movement.

NEWS AND FEATURES

Pastors with a badge advance police reforms
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (UM News) — United Methodist police chaplains and pastors who serve in law enforcement discuss what changes might help both officers and the people they serve and protect. Heather Hahn has the story.
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Great Plains Conference
Workers need COVID-19 protection

TOPEKA, Kan. — The Great Plains Conference and the Gateway District are among 25 organizations calling for greater coronavirus protection for workers in Nebraska meat and poultry plants. A letter from the groups calls on the Nebraska Legislature to enforce protections including distance between workers, paid sick leave and benefits, as well as effective screening and quarantine practices. David Burke reports.
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National Council of Churches
Bell ringing to honor John Lewis

WASHINGTON — Houses of worship around the country will ring their bells for 80 seconds on July 30 at 11 a.m. Eastern time — during funeral services for Congressman John Lewis. The bell ringing honors the 80 years of the civil rights leader's life. Congregations without church bells can honor Lewis in other ways, including moments of silence and changing church signs.
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PRESS RELEASES

Jubilee USA Network
Call for stimulus relief for Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON — Religious leaders representing more than 95% of Puerto Rico's population — including Bishop Héctor F. Ortiz Vidal, Methodist Church of Puerto Rico — wrote Congress urging that the island be included in the next stimulus plan. Job creation, disaster relief and protections for the vulnerable are among the concerns.
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RESOURCES

United Methodist Communications
'Worship from home' banners, ads, signs available

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — "Worship from Home" and other banners, signs and Facebook ads are available for purchase from Rethink Church.
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