Daily Digest - November 17, 2020


"We have to wrestle with the fact the Good News that Jesus proclaimed rarely supported the status quo." — Bishop LaTrelle Easterling, who leads the Baltimore-Washington Conference.

NEWS AND FEATURES

Planning for a more inclusive church
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (UM News) — United Methodists held a virtual Inclusiveness Conference that focused on church efforts to dismantle racism, welcome LGBTQ people and cross international boundaries. One bishop said the church could lose more members over the issue of race than LGBTQ inclusion. Heather Hahn reports.
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Liberian pastors preach about drug abuse
MONROVIA, Liberia (UM News) — The United Methodist Church is taking aim at substance abuse in rural parts of the country. As part of a new campaign, pastors in the Gbarnga District will spend about five minutes during every sermon talking about drug and alcohol addiction. E Julu Swen reports.
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NBC, Virginia Wesleyan
Dean resigns after post about Biden supporters

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — A dean at United Methodist-related Virginia Wesleyan University has resigned after a Facebook post that said supporters of President-elect Joe Biden are "ignorant, anti-American and anti-Christian." The school announced that Paul Ewell, a professor of management, business and economics, had stepped down. He had earlier resigned as dean of Virginia Wesleyan's Global Campus. David K. Li and Caitlin Fichtel report for NBC.
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North Texas Conference
UMW fills Thanksgiving baskets

DALLAS — All 99 United Methodist Women units across the North Texas Conference are contributing to Thanksgiving baskets for needy families. They'll be handed out by Dallas Bethlehem Center, a United Methodist-affiliated nonprofit. The need is even greater this year because of COVID-19.
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EVENTS

Tuesday, Nov. 24

Raise Up Your Voice Against Racism webinar


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Daily Digest - November 24, 2020

Taking concrete steps to move against racism; Keeping resolve to end gender-based violence; Church must hear Hispanic/Latino voices

Daily Digest - November 23, 2020

Estimating financial impact of church exits; Have a COVID-safe Thanksgiving; Wallets open for student’s relief efforts

Daily Digest - November 20, 2020

Rallying to help typhoon survivors; Former missionary to South Korea dies at 91; ‘Find your own voice and listen to God’s’