Daily Digest - May 4, 2018

“Unity is a gift from God, but it’s also something you have to work for.” — Florida Area Bishop Kenneth H. Carter Jr., the new Council of Bishops president.

Bishop Cynthia F. Harvey (right) answers questions during a press conference about the United Methodist Church's Way Forward plan to address how the denomination ministers with LGBTQ individuals at the conclusion of the church's Council of Bishops meeting in Chicago. She is flanked by Bishops Bruce R. Ough (left) and Kenneth H. Carter. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.
Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

 

NEWS AND FEATURES

 

Bishops propose plan for Way Forward

CHICAGO (UMNS) — To find a way forward on The United Methodist Church’s homosexuality debate, bishops are recommending the church allow more freedom at the conference and local church levels. But the Council of Bishops is submitting three plans to General Conference. Heather Hahn has the story. 
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United Methodist radio operators focus on ethics

LUANDA, Angola (UMNS) — “Amplify the gospel and not strife through radio and social media,” Bishop Gaspar João Domingos told the United Methodist Radio Network during its fourth annual meeting here. The gathering featured a mix of participants from countries with radio stations and those still hoping to start one. Taurai Emmanuel Maforo reports.
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Related story: Liberian radio station crosses religious divide 

Tennessee Conference
Video about Congo rape work wins international award

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — “A Plea to My Father,” produced to amplify efforts of The United Methodist Church in East Congo to fight the stigma of rape, has won a Silver Remi at the WorldFest International Independent Film Festival. The video animation is available in nine languages and has been broadcast on television in East Congo — reaching at least half a million viewers.
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View video 
Read UMNS story on Congo survivors center
Read more about Congo Women Arise 

 

PRESS RELEASES
 

Emory University
Emory acquires Society of Biblical Literature archives 

ATLANTA — Pitts Theology Library at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology has acquired the archives of the Society of Biblical Literature, the oldest and largest society devoted to the critical investigation of the Bible. The acquisition establishes Pitts as the society’s official institutional repository and positions the library as a center for research on the development of the field of biblical studies.  
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Heartspring Methodist Foundation
Texas foundations plan to unite

HOUSTON — Heartspring Methodist Foundation and the Texas Methodist Foundation have announced plans to combine. Though the respective boards have voted for the move, it still needs to be approved by the 2018 Texas Conference. 
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COMMENTARIES
 

Asbury Park Press 
Bishop Schol calls for end to segregated schools 

NEPTUNE, N.J. — In a commentary for The Asbury Park Press, Greater New Jersey Area Bishop John Schol writes that segregation disadvantages children of all races. “Although New Jersey boasts some of the best schools in the country academically, we rank in the top five most segregated school systems,” Schol wrote. “We need to end racial segregation within our schools and provide an integrated learning environment for all students.”
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EVENTS
 

Here are some of the activities ahead for United Methodists across the connection. If you have a United Methodist event to share, you can add it to the calendar with this submission form.

Monday, May 7-Friday, May 11


Online workshop: Writing or revising your church Safe Sanctuaries policy

Monday, May 7-Tuesday, May 22
 

Online class: Loss and the mourning after — grief care 

 

 

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