Daily Digest - June 25, 2019


"At some point you're like, 'This is just unbelievable that my female colleagues — my sisters! — deal with this.'" — The Rev. Kyle Meier, on a North Carolina Conference video sharing demeaning comments heard by women pastors.

NEWS AND FEATURES

New video calls out harassment of clergywomen
RALEIGH, N.C. (UM News) — The North Carolina Conference recently released a video, and it's a hit. Unfortunately, the subject is the hard time women still face as United Methodist clergy. "This is our little girl preacher" and "I keep picturing you naked under your robe" are among remarks women pastors say they've heard. Sam Hodges reports.
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Church in Congo walks alongside Ebola survivors
BENI, Congo (UM News) — The United Methodist Church in East Congo is helping Ebola survivors navigate life after contracting the deadly virus. United Methodists continue to raise awareness and support those affected by the outbreak, which has killed more than 1,500 people since August. Philippe Kituka Lolonga reports.
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Dakotas Conference
Residency program to build leadership skills

MITCHELL, S.D. — Students in a new residency program in the Dakotas will spend nine months learning to develop leadership skills with the help of Embrace Church, a growing church founded in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Doreen Gosmire has the story.
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PRESS RELEASES

Wespath Benefits and Investments
Report spotlights good returns while doing good

GLENVIEW, Ill. — Wespath Benefits and Investments has released its 2017-2018 Sustainable Investment Report — "Creating a More Sustainable Global Economy" — as a deep dive into its work that seeks positive financial returns while making a positive impact on the world. This report is also Wespath's first to incorporate the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures framework to report companies' climate-based risks.
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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.

The Book of Discipline unites us as a church
LANCASTER, N.Y. (UM News) — As a new United Methodist, the Rev. Stephen Mannion writes about his amazement at the current level of discord in the church and advises adhering to the laws that define the denomination.
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