Daily Digest - May 24, 2023

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“Even though we are different theologically, we must honor and respect each other. We must love each other. Even if we belong to other denominations, we belong to Christ.” Bishop Jeremiah Park


Korean churches commit to Mongolia mission work

HONOLULU (UM News) — The United Methodist Mongolia Mission Initiative Summit gathered participants from Mongolia, South Korea and mainland America May 10-13 to discuss the ministry’s future and direction. The Rev. Thomas E. Kim reports.
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Florida Conference
Church joins effort to help abused children 

ST. JOHNS, Fla. — River of Life United Methodist Church is joining with a local school to assist children removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect. The church has filled backpacks with hygiene items, snacks, toys and special notes reminding the children that they are loved. The Florida Conference has the story.
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World Council of Churches
Ecumenical group brings Pentecost greetings

GENEVA — The presidents of the World Council of Churches send Christians joyful greetings for the feast of Pentecost on May 28, when they celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the church. The United Methodist Church is a member of the ecumenical group. “The miracle is that rich diversity and loving unity can hold hands. This is a gift of the Spirit,” the presidents’ message said. 
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United Methodist Communications
CNN writer explores power of relationships

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — John Blake is a writer for CNN.com and the author of “More Than I Imagined.” He joined Rethink Church’s Compass Podcast to share how he found hope for the world by confronting the racism present in his own family and in the church.
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New 2023 annual conference reports posted
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UM News) — United Methodist News is posting 2023 annual conference reports. New this week are the Austria Provisional, Czech Republic, Liberia and Serbia-North Macedonia-Albania conferences.
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No Daily Digest May 25
There will be no Daily Digest on Thursday, May 25. The Friday Digest will resume on May 26.

Correction: Church leaders Pamela Coleman and Dolores Greene were misidentified in photo captions in the May 23 Daily Digest and accompanying story on a pilgrimage through Methodist history. UM News regrets the error.
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Caucus requests fair, transparent church trial
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — In a May 24 letter to the Council of Bishops, The United Methodist Church’s Hispanic/Latino caucus asks that the council take over the church trial process against Bishop Minerva Carcaño “to guarantee a fair, equitable, and transparent church trial for all parties.” Carcaño, who has been suspended for more than a year, is facing a church trial after a Western Jurisdiction committee brought charges under church law. The charges are undisclosed. MARCHA also requests that the church trial be open to the public and held in one of the other four U.S. jurisdictions.
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Discipleship Ministries
Youth event in Florida this July

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The deadline is May 31 to register for Youth 2023, a four-day gathering in Daytona, Florida, filled with interactive learning, worship, Bible study, service opportunities and fellowship. The July 25-28 event is open to students entering sixth grade through 12th grade, including 2023 graduates. The cost is $475 for students and adult leaders.
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Amid policy changes, church keeps faith with migrants

As church exits rise, proposed budget drops


Monday, June 5-Friday, June 16

Opening Ourselves to Grace: Basic Christian Practices

Monday, June 5-Friday, June 16
Online course: Devotional Life in the Wesleyan Tradition

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