Daily Digest - June 10, 2019

“It was with some courage and some stupidity that I finally decided to go to seminary and take a complete leap of faith into a denomination that was still deeming me incompatible with Christian teachings.”The Rev. Lea Matthews on her ordination in the New York Conference.
 

NEWS AND FEATURES

New York Conference ordains LGBTQ deacon 

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (UM News)  — The Rev. Lea Matthews was ordained as a United Methodist deacon after a circular route starting in the Mississippi church of her childhood, a detour for 13 years as a teacher and then a return to church leadership just when the question of the status of LGBTQ people in the church was heating up. She sees her ministry as a helping hand to marginalized people in the world, including LGBTQ people like herself and her wife. Jim Patterson reports.
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Reaching cyclone survivors at Malawi camp
NSANJE, Malawi (UM News) — A relief distribution to the Phokera camp for survivors of Cyclone Idai was complicated by the fact that the camp had 500 families, but The United Methodist Church only had food relief for 300 families. Francis Nkhoma has the story. 
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Florida Conference
Church members’ homes bring ministry

MIAMI — In the heart of Little Havana, just west of the Miami River, sits an anomaly — a legacy church on a sizeable lot amid other storefront congregations. Members of Riverside United Methodist Church have little money, but they reach out with what they do have — even their own homes. William March has the story.
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United Methodist Communications
Reflecting on faith at the movies

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Sitting in a movie theater can be a great escape from the routine (and heat) of summer. The Rev. Joe Iovino offers a preview to summer movies that have themes that can help United Methodists reflect on faith.
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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.

Mainstream UMC
The Wesleyan character of Methodist centrists

DENTON, Texas — John Wesley was a centrist who believed “Christians could be united by a few essential doctrines and have differing opinions on less important things,” writes Tim Crouch, a North Texas Conference lay delegate to General Conference and member of the United Methodist Commission on Communication. Crouch lists 12 beliefs of Methodist centrists. 
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