Daily Digest - June 17, 2019

NEWS AND FEATURES

Young women’s program revived in Sierra Leone

YONIBANA, Sierra Leone (UM News) — Six years after shutting down, a program to educate and hone leadership skills in young women is active again, thanks to a $5,000 donation by United Methodist Discipleship Ministries. Phileas Jusu has the story. 
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Oregon-Idaho Conference
Openly LGBTQ provisional elder commissioned

EUGENE, Ore. — The Rev. Taylor Gould, an openly bisexual-queer woman, was among six clergy candidates ordained or commissioned by the Oregon-Idaho Conference. “There’s such a deep privilege here,” the 26-year-old provisional elder said. She is the first LGBTQ person in the conference to be a candidate for ministry since General Conference 2019 passed legislation that strengthened the ban on “self-avowed practicing” gay clergy and imposes tougher penalties for violating that ban when the law goes into effect in January 2020. Kristen Caldwell has the story.
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Greater New Jersey Conference
Pemberton church celebrates 250th anniversary

PEMBERTON, N.J. — A New Jersey United Methodist church founded in 1769 celebrated its 250th anniversary at a gala attended by 200 current and former members. Pemberton United Methodist Church is the third oldest United Methodist congregation in the U.S. Lisa Challender reports.
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Second Wave Media
Transforming to neighborhood center

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — After a merger of three United Methodist churches became official in July 2018, church leaders decided to make one of the buildings — Trinity United Methodist — a center where residents of the Old Lakeview Neighborhood and beyond could come to gather, dream, and make plans for what they want their space to look like. Jane Simons reports.
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AL.com
Church shows banned kids’ TV program

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — First United Methodist Church joined a film festival in screening a PBS children’s show episode that Alabama Public Television would not air because of the same-sex marriage content. About 300 people watched “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone,” an episode of the animated “Arthur” program. Abbey Crain reports.
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PRESS RELEASES

Religion and Race
Focus on local context in the Philippines

DASMARINAS, CAVITE, Philippines — The United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race has launched a steering committee to work with Filipino United Methodists in reaching more people in their local contexts through the use of intercultural collaboration and competency. 
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