Daily Digest - May 10, 2022

“Absent General Conference legislation, any vote and actions taken by an annual conference to separate are unconstitutional, null and void, and of no legal force or effect.”Judicial Council’s Decision 1444


NEWS AND FEATURES

Church court: Conferences can’t exit unilaterally

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UM News) — The Judicial Council, The United Methodist Church’s top court, ruled that current church law does not allow annual conferences in the U.S. to withdraw from the denomination. The ruling answers questions from the United Methodist bishops, who are dealing with the ramifications of a splintering denomination. Heather Hahn reports.
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Press release: Council of Bishops welcomes decision  

South Carolina Conference
University students lead eye clinic in Ecuador

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Students from the Methodist Student Network — the United Methodist campus ministry at the University of South Carolina — have served more than 10,000 people though their mobile optometry clinic run with a supporting optometrist. The group recently traveled to Ecuador to work with the Evangelical Methodist Church. The South Carolina United Methodist Advocate has the story.
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Wiley College, CBS News
Anonymous donor pays tab for graduates

MARSHALL, Texas — Wiley College’s 2022 graduates received their degrees and a surprise with the announcement that an anonymous donor had paid off their student debt. Wiley is one of the 11 historically Black colleges and universities supported by The United Methodist Church’s Black College Fund. The gift will cover the estimated $300,000 owed to the college by the graduating class.
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United Methodist Communications
Holistic evangelism and salvation

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — In the latest episode of the Compass Podcast, the Rev. Mark Teasdale discusses adopting a healthy understanding of the Christian ideas of evangelism and salvation, based on his latest book, “Participating in Abundant Life.”
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Iowa Conference
Corner Store helps feed community

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — The Cultivate Hope Corner Store is open in a neighborhood that lacks other affordable, nutritious food sources. The store, which opened April 27, offers organics, meat, dairy, produce and dry goods, and it also has some free products. It is operated by Matthew 25, which is devoted to empowering people to rebuild and renew their neighborhoods.
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COMMENTARIES
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Holston Conference
Misplaced wallet leads to friendship, mourning

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — When Leigh Ann accidentally dropped her wallet in the parking lot, that was the beginning of a new friendship. Annette Spence recalls how her new friend became a volunteer preparing and serving free drive-thru meals at Norwood United Methodist Church. Spence also grieves her friend’s death from a brain tumor. 
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Watch United Methodist Communications video on food ministry

Wespath
Pensions agency staying nimble

GLENVIEW, Ill. — Questions abound about the future of pensions in The United Methodist Church after the launch of the Global Methodist Church on May 1. Andy Hendren, top executive at Wespath Benefits and Investments, offers some answers in a new blog post.
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