Daily Digest - June 7, 2021

"Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."Romans 8:38-39.


NEWS AND FEATURES

Ask The UMC
Exploring death and resurrection

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — What happens when we die? Is there life after our lives here on Earth, and what will it be like? Many have written to Ask The UMC over the years asking how United Methodists answer these and other questions about death, resurrection and life in the new creation. A new series gathers these questions in one place for easy reference and reflection. 
Read Part 1: What happens when we die?
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Northern Illinois Conference
Churchgoer oldest American to conquer Everest

CHICAGO — A member of North Shore United Methodist Church in Glencoe is now the oldest American to climb Mount Everest. Arthur Muir, 75, is a retired attorney who climbed Everest on his second try. Anne Marie Gerhardt has the story. 
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South Georgia Conference
Women find sisterhood through exercise group

CLIMAX, Ga. — To a handful of women, “yada” means anything but boring, predictable talk. These are the Yada Yadas. The close-knit group has been meeting, praying and exercising together since 2005. Kara Witherow has the story. 
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Florida Conference
Conference establishes Gammon scholarship

LAKELAND, Fla. — Shortly after the Rev. Candace Lewis was named the president-dean at Gammon Theological Seminary, she established the goal of reducing students’ costs. Florida Conference leaders have stepped in to help with the initial Geraldine Williams-McClellan Scholarship. Joe Henderson has the story.
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WRCB-TV
Black cemetery named historical landmark

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Hurst United Methodist Church is celebrating the designation of Beck Knob Cemetery as a historical landmark, while requesting help for its care. “A lot of the folks, the slaves and people up there in the cemetery ... they worked a whole lot to get to where we are today,” said church member Gary James. Angela Kim has the story. 
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PRESS RELEASES

Center for American Progress
Bishop Oliveto called a faith leader to watch

WASHINGTON — The Center for American Progress, a progressive think tank in the U.S., has named Mountain Sky Conference Bishop Karen Oliveto among 21 faith leaders to watch in 2021. The center says its list “celebrates those leaders — some well-known and others newly on the scene — who are using their platforms to fight for justice.”
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Read story on Oliveto and others recognized


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.

Asking United Methodist polity questions
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (UM News) — Discussions over a split in the denomination raise complicated questions related to United Methodist polity. The Rev. William Lawrence, former president of the United Methodist Judicial Council and former dean of Perkins School of Theology, used a combination of historical research and pastoral experience to address several of those questions. 
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RESOURCES

Wespath, United Methodist Publishing House
Events introduce financial-health program

GLENVIEW, Ill. — Wespath and Abingdon Press are offering informational events to familiarize clergy and local church leaders with Saving Grace, a biblically based Wesleyan curriculum that can help participants reach financial well-being goals. People can choose between two online events scheduled for noon to 4 p.m. U.S. Central time on July 20 and 26.
To register


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