Daily Digest - May 23, 2022

“It is a story of faith. I am convinced that God intervened and answered my prayers. As the Bible teaches, with God, nothing is impossible.” — Greater Taremeredzwa Nhiwatiwa, who has written a new book chronicling her life and faith.

Greater Nhiwatiwa shares faith journey in new book
HARARE, Zimbabwe (UM News) — Despite being denied an education as a girl, Greater Taremeredzwa Nhiwatiwa went on to become a nurse and a leader in The United Methodist Church in Zimbabwe in her role as an African bishop’s spouse. She shares reflections on her life and faith journey in a new book. Kudzai Chingwe has the story.
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United Women in Faith
Postcard campaign for the environment

NEW YORK — A postcard campaign to motivate leaders to better address pollution and climate change is being undertaken by United Women in Faith. Postcards can be printed from the website and there are instructions on sending included.
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Postcards and instructions

Black Hills Pioneer
Community garden thrives 

PIEDMONT, S.D. — Congregants at Grace United Methodist Church are transforming 10 acres of land around the church into a community garden. On a recent Saturday morning, church volunteers were planting potatoes and other produce seeds in the church garden. The garden group also is expanding to fruits by planting strawberries, as well as apple and plum trees. Deb Holland has the story.
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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 UM News staff.

Holston Conference
What do we mean by unity?

ABINGDON, Va. — “Because I am among those praying for The United Methodist Church to remain united, I think it’s worth asking what we mean by unity,” writes the Rev. Paul Seay, a General Conference delegate. Seay was one of several speakers at the recent "Forward United" gathering in Maryville, Tennessee.
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Council of Bishops
Bishops grateful for church court's ruling 

WASHINGTON — The United Methodist Council of Bishops expressed gratitude for the Judicial Council decision released May 20. The United Methodist Church’s top court said that bishops can schedule jurisdictional conferences to elect and assign new U.S. bishops amid pandemic-caused disruptions. The Council of Bishops has tentatively set Nov. 2-5 for jurisdictional conferences.
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UM News: Ruling opens door for bishop elections in 2022

Archives and History
Resources posted on earlier church separations

MADISON, N.J. — From now through the end of the year, the United Methodist Commission on Archives and History plans to produce and release a number of resources based around the theme “Splits, Separations, and Reconciliations: Rooted in Wesleyan Grace.” The goal is to help the denomination better understand the multifaceted and multi-faced history of the Methodist movement in a global context. The agency has posted new resources ahead of May 24, when United Methodists celebrate John Wesley’s spiritual renewal.
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United Methodist Communications: How Aldersgate changed John Wesley


Faith & Leadership
Breaking free of the 'company gospel'

DURHAM, N.C. — In areas where the fossil fuel industry is a big employer, discussing creation care ruffles feathers in many congregations. But some churches are taking steps toward addressing the current situation. Duke Divinity’s Faith & Leadership website includes a story and offers some questions to help leaders address how to approach difficult conversations on controversial topics. Zack Harold reports.
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UM News: Preaching creation care in the land of fracking


Churches condemn hate, urge action after shootings

Police make arrest in pastor's slaying


Tuesday, May 31-Friday, June 10
Online Course: Women Mystics in the Christian Tradition

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2022 Susquehanna Annual Conference

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