Daily Digest - May 9, 2022

“We will now focus our efforts on helping individuals and local churches navigate this season of uncertainty in The United Methodist Church.” — The Rev. Keith Boyette, outgoing president of the Wesleyan Covenant Association.

NEWS AND FEATURES

Traditionalist group not going away
AVON, Ind. (UM News) — The Wesleyan Covenant Association took the lead in creating the new Global Methodist Church, but WCA leaders say their organization needs to stick around and advocate for congregations wanting to leave The United Methodist Church. Sam Hodges reports on the WCA’s May 6-7 meeting.
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Greater New Jersey Conference
Breakthrough worship series goes global 

NEPTUNE, N.J. — When the Breakthrough worship series was originally launched, the idea was to provide consistent worship and small group experiences across the Greater New Jersey Conference. Little did its creators know that churches across the country, in other countries and in other denominations would be picking it up. Emily Wilton has the story.
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United Women in Faith
A century of support for neighborhood center

SAN PEDRO, Calif. — Rental assistance, help with filing taxes, financial coaching and afterschool programs are just some of the contributions Toberman Neighborhood Center has offered the community since the center was founded in 1903. All along the way, it has had the support of United Methodist women, now through United Women in Faith. Nile Sprague and Tara Barnes report.
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COMMENTARIES

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.

Michigan Conference
Rejoicing in connection with Czech church

PRAGUE — The English Speaking United Methodist Church in this Czech Republic city is a powerful expression of the connection of The United Methodist Church, writes Kay DeMoss. The church, a partner of the Holston Conference, offers a rich mix of languages, nationalities and cultures coming together to glorify God. The church is also setting up a shelter for Ukrainian refugees.
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UM Disability
Accessibility Conversations: Widening the circle of love

LAUREL, Md. — The Gospels share more than 25 accounts of Christ’s interactions with people with some form of medical condition and/or disability. The Rev. Dr. Leo Yates Jr. writes about how the Baltimore-Washington Conference’s monthly Accessibility Conversations webinars seek to follow the example of Jesus. 
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RESOURCES

Peninsula-Delaware Conference
New antiracism podcast premieres

DOVER, Del. — “The Unfinished Church” is a new podcast focusing on the holy work of antiracism. Hosted by United Methodist Bishops LaTrelle Easterling, Michael McKee and Gregory Palmer, the podcast is a place for dialogue, learning and transformation as people of faith come together to build a world in which racial prejudice has no power. The first episode with guest Nadia Bolz-Weber premieres May 19.
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Discipleship Ministries
Resources for Asian American, Pacific Islander month

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, for celebration and recognition of the cultural and historical contributions of Asian Pacific Americans to the United States. Resources, including hymns, history articles and prayers, are available to help with the celebration.
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Archives and History
Learn about history of church splits

MADISON, N.J. — Heritage Sunday is May 22, and United Methodist Archives and History has released a resource around the theme of “Splits, Separations and Reconciliations.” The materials look at church splits over the last 250 years, beginning with the original split from the Church of England in 1784. The cost varies from $20 for an individual to $100 to receive continuing education credits.
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