Daily Digest - May 31, 2019

“We have a lot of people in our context who are still a little bit skeptical and cautious about church, and we’ve cultivated an environment where we’ve acknowledged it’s OK to have those feelings.”Stanton Adams on growth at Two Rivers Church, a United Methodist new church start in South Carolina. 


NEWS AND FEATURES

South Carolina Conference
One year later, new church sees huge growth

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Two Rivers Church, a new United Methodist church, was founded to reach the lost and lonely, the "misfits," the people who didn’t necessarily feel welcome or wanted in church. A year after the launch, the lost and lonely — not to mention lots of new residents and young families — are finding their new church home in droves. Jessica Brodie reports.
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Philippines earthquake: ‘From fear to faith’
FLORIDABLANCA, Philippines (UM News) — After a deadly earthquake struck the island of Luzon this spring, United Methodists were among those picking up the pieces. Faith kept them going. Gladys P. Mangiduyos reports on church efforts to continue ministries in the aftermath.
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PRESS RELEASES 

Methodist Church in Britain
Going green in Shakespeare’s hometown

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, England — The Methodist church here has become the first Methodist congregation in the country to receive a Gold Eco Church award recognizing “years of hard work and investment to put caring for creation front and center of every aspect of their church life.” Another 176 Methodist churches also are registered with Eco Church. The award will be presented June 2.
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United Methodist Development Fund 
Helping churches navigate loan process

AUSTIN, Texas — The new website of the United Methodist Development Fund has resources specifically designed to help churches navigate the loan process as well as to assist individuals, churches and ministries as they consider investing options. The website also features custom photography that highlights local church stories.
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COMMENTARY
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 the UM News staff.

Status and Role of Women
Women arise for better lives

CHICAGO — The Women Arise Network uses communication strategies and technologies to reduce human suffering, improve lives and amplify women’s voices around the world. “Today’s technologies allow us to reach people who do not have access to radio, television or the internet,” writes the Rev. Neelley Hicks. “A simple text message can pass through these barriers.”
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