Daily Digest - May 26, 2022

“Let us work hard each day to have hearts, minds and spirits that extend the love of God even when we disagree.”Council of Bishops President Thomas J. Bickerton.


NEWS AND FEATURES

Recent rulings shape annual conference season

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UM News) — As U.S. annual conference season gets underway, the church regional bodies are dealing with recent decisions by The United Methodist Church’s top court about disaffiliations. The Judicial Council has ruled that under current church law, individual churches can leave but whole conferences cannot. Heather Hahn reports.
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Pastor shares mental health struggles

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — For more than 38 years, the Rev. Vance Lowe was a successful United Methodist minister, with churches growing and thriving under his leadership. What his congregations and those closest to him did not know is that Lowe struggled with mental illness, which led to addiction and eventual hospitalization in a psychiatric ward. He shares his story in the latest “Get Your Spirit in Shape” podcast, offering hope and suggesting ways United Methodists can combat stigma and offer help.
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WTVD-TV
Church packages meals for people in need

RALEIGH, N.C. — On a mission to fight hunger, volunteers with Asbury United Methodist Church packaged more than 50,000 meals for people affected by food insecurity around the world. The church worked with United Methodist partner Rise Against Hunger to get the job done in just four hours. Raleigh’s ABC station has the story. 
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PRESS RELEASES

United Methodist Communications
Ad campaign combats summer slump

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Summer may be vacation time, but the upcoming United Methodist advertising campaign from United Methodist Communications reminds people that churches don’t take a break from ministering in their communities. The ads, which will run through June 19, encourage people to join The United Methodist Church in engaging in a season of togetherness. 
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Higher Education and Ministry
Church fund furthers clergy training in Congo

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The United Methodist Church’s Central Conference Theological Education Fund continues to support training for United Methodist pastors in Congo, including at the Methodist University of Kamina. The fund’s grants to that school have helped cover tuition and health care fees for many students while also making possible the purchase of computers, printers and books.
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New York Conference
Affordable senior housing opens its doors

NEW YORK — The Trinity-Rev. William M. James Senior Housing Complex has now opened in the Bronx. The affordable housing complex is a joint project of the United Methodist City Society and Bronx property developers. Already, 57 formerly homeless seniors and 86 senior couples have moved in. 
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RESOURCES

Discipleship Ministries
Practical steps to engage the community

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Congregations can learn how to join the Good Neighbor Experiment with resources available through United Methodist Discipleship Ministries. The movement, which began in Kansas, led to the training program that teaches the steps to learn about neighbors and build relationships. 
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