Daily Digest - May 10, 2019

“The goal of full communion and the role of bilateral conversations was to find the common ground, but it was not primarily driven by a mission of fixing one another.” — Bishop Gregory V. Palmer, co-chair of dialogue with The Episcopal Church. 


Bishops move toward Episcopal Church accord

CHICAGO (UMNS) — At a meeting that saw questions about United Methodist unity, bishops had no debate about asking the 2020 General Conference to approve closer ties with The Episcopal Church. Heather Hahn reports. 
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Why do we have Social Principles?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Methodist Social Creed, predecessor to the Social Principles, originated over a century ago to express concern about the exploitation of millions of workers. The Social Principles urge United Methodists to make a difference and to live differently in the world. Ask The UMC, a ministry of United Methodist Communications, has more on the history and future of the Social Principles.   
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New England Conference
New JFON clinics support unaccompanied minors

METHUEN, Mass. — Navigating the U.S. immigration process is daunting for anyone, but it’s even harder for youth who arrive without their families. Unaccompanied minors coming to the U.S. now have some extra assistance through the New England Justice for Our Neighbors’ newest legal clinics housed in United Methodist churches in Lowell and Lawrence. The clinics provide free legal services to low-income immigrants.
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Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference
Native youth to speak about mascots at national gathering

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference is working alongside event planners for the July 10-14 Youth 2019 event in Kansas City to bring a teaching moment about Native American mascots. “We are bringing Native youth to the conference to participate in a panel to specifically address how Native mascots impact their lives as young people,” said the Rev. David Wilson.
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United Methodist Communications
Wesleys Take the Web: Directions for singing

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMC.org) — In the latest installment of the animated series featuring the brothers who founded Methodism, John and Charles Wesley tackle the topic of etiquette for singing in church. The brothers come up with helpful hints to keep everyone “on the same page” of the hymnal.
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Lake Junaluska Assembly
Summer worship series announced 

LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. — The Summer Worship Series at Lake Junaluska runs June 9 to Aug. 4. With the theme “Psalms of Our Times,” the series includes spirited traditional worship services led by guest speakers including Bishops Kenneth H. Carter, Florida Conference, and Paul L. Leeland, Western North Carolina Conference. Students from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington will write select liturgies.
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Bishops plan to explore 'new forms of unity'

United Methodist churches offer aid after shootings


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