Daily Digest - June 27, 2022

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“The immigrant is a person, not a number. You feed them and treat them like a person.”The Rev. Joel Hortiales, director of Hispanic/Latino ministries and border concerns for the California-Pacific Conference.

NEWS AND FEATURES

Church leaders explore ways to help migrants in Mexico
TAPACHULA, Mexico (UM News) — A group of leaders from the Methodist Church of Mexico and The United Methodist Church traveled to southern Mexico in April to meet with groups working with immigrants crossing into the country. Though there is no Methodist presence in southern Mexico, the leaders are seeking ways to partner with other denominations and organizations in the area. Joey Butler has the story; Mike DuBose has photos.
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Photo essay: ‘Strangers and sojourners’ 

Great Plains Conference
Pastor helps get historic marker for lynching victim 
SALINA, Kan. — When the Rev. Dee Williamston read a brief mention of the lynching of a Black man in Salina, she determined to learn more about him. Williamston, now assistant to the bishop and clergy excellence director for the Great Plains Conference, joined with her sister and a Presbyterian pastor to ensure people would know about Dana Adams, who was killed by a mob in 1893. David Burke reports. 
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Candler School of Theology
Burkholder retiring from Candler
ATLANTA — The first associate dean of Methodist Studies at Candler School of Theology at Emory University is retiring after 14 years. The Rev. Anne Burkholder is one of the authors of “The Quick and Easy Guide to United Methodist Polity,” which she and co-author the Rev. Thomas W. Elliott Jr. are currently updating. Cathy Wooten reports.
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PRESS RELEASES

Council of Bishops 
Bishops bemoan Supreme Court’s abortion ruling
WASHINGTON — Quoting The United Methodist Church’s Social Principles, the denomination’s Council of Bishops released a statement saying the U.S. Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. denied the sacred worth of women who face “the tragic conflicts of life with life that may justify abortion.” Council of Bishops President Thomas J. Bickerton noted that the overturning of Roe v. Wade is a call for the church to rise above the fray to offer words of support and hope.
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UM News: United Methodists react to end of Roe v. Wade 


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.

Wespath
Wespath joins clean investing network
GLENVIEW, Ill. — The church agency that invests United Methodist pension fund money has joined a collaborative network that helps identify environmentally friendly investments within animal protein and factory farming concerns. “As a member we can participate in engagements across FAIRR’s core working themes, which include sustainable proteins, working conditions and meat sourcing,” said Ryan McQueeney, analyst, sustainable investment stewardship at Wespath.
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RESOURCES

UMC.org
Podcast: The need to be a well-informed church
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — People of faith cannot be effective and relevant in the world today if they are not well informed, says Tim Tanton, who oversees UM News. In a “Get Your Spirit in Shape” podcast, Tanton shares details about the news agency of The United Methodist Church.
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