Daily Digest - March 29, 2019

“He modeled the fact that our work and our mission is not about us, it is about those who we are serving in the name of God.” — Beth Capen, a layperson who now serves on the United Methodist Judicial Council, said of the late Bishop C. Dale White.


NEWS AND FEATURES

Bishop White: Strong convictions, gentle touch
CONCORD, Mass. (UMNS) — As a fierce advocate for peace and justice, United Methodist Bishop C. Dale White tackled some of the big issues of recent decades with a “gentle fearlessness” that many people found engaging. White, 94, died March 29 after entering hospice care. Linda Bloom has the story.
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Hiwassee College closing in May

MADISONVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Hiwassee College, a United Methodist-related college founded in 1849 to educate first-generation college students in rural Appalachia, is closing May 10 for financial reasons. Vicki Brown and Annette Spence have the story. 
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Board of Global Ministries
Turning prayer into deeds

NEW YORK — After eight Methodist women voted to form a missionary society in 1869, they moved fast — establishing Christian schools, clinics, orphanages and community centers. The women dispatched thousands of missionaries and deaconesses to five continents and founded institutions that remain significant mission centers today. Barbara E. Campbell has the story behind the 150th anniversary of what is now United Methodist Women.
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United Methodist Communications 
Puerto Rico: More than a year after Maria 

SAN JUAN — More than one year after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, the United Methodist Committee on Relief continues to support the REHACE project. A partnership with la Iglesia Metodista de Puerto Rico, the project is dedicated to rebuilding the island's infrastructure through supply distribution, reconstruction and rethinking the approach to disaster response.
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Pre-General Conference Briefing set for Jan. 23-24
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — United Methodist Communications will host the 2020 Pre-General Conference Briefing Jan. 23-24, 2020, at the Omni Nashville Hotel. The event is designed to help church communicators and delegates prepare for the lawmaking assembly’s meeting, set for May 5-15, 2020, in Minneapolis. It will include sessions on how General Conference works as well as presentations on major topics that will be considered. More details will be forthcoming.


COMMENTARIES
United Methodist News Service includes in the Daily Digest various commentaries about the plans for the future of the church and other issues in the denomination. The commentaries reflect a variety of viewpoints and are the opinions of the writers, not the UMNS staff.

‘We will face the future together’
MUSKOGEE, Okla. — In an open letter to Native United Methodist churches, the Rev. Anita Phillips reflects on the 2019 special General Conference. Phillips served for 14 years as executive director of the Native American Comprehensive Plan. “As we watch, learn and discern how this painful conflict is resolved, let us keep our options open to new possibilities for our Indigenous/Native American Christian community,” she writes. 
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