Daily Digest - November 2, 2020

“Stability is not about staying physically in one place but rooting ourselves in the God who dwells among us.”Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey in address to fellow bishops.


NEWS AND FEATURES

Bishops called to bring stability in chaos 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UM News) — God’s compassion remains steadfast in this time of pandemic, natural disasters and political divisions, Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey reminded her colleagues in her first address as Council of Bishops president. The bishops’ virtual meeting also included prayers for the coming U.S. elections. Heather Hahn reports.
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WLOS-TV
Turning bedsheets into colorful PPE

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. — The Gown Gals of Hendersonville United Methodist Church are transforming bedsheets into gowns for essential personnel and others needing protection against COVID-19 transmission. John Le reports.
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Michigan Conference
Raising COVID-19 awareness in Liberia
 
DETROIT — The Liberian United Methodist Church’s COVID-19 response committee has faced difficulty convincing Liberians the threat is real, said Dr. Muriel V. Nelson, who leads the education and awareness efforts. “It is not in our best interests that the Liberian people still do not believe that COVID is in the country,” said Nelson, who was herself hospitalized with the virus. Kay DeMoss reports. 
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PRESS RELEASES

United Methodist Committee on Relief
UMCOR Depot West to close

ATLANTA — Citing the need for good stewardship of available resources, leaders of the United Methodist Committee on Relief are consolidating the operations of their relief supply network and relocating materials from UMCOR Office and Depot West in Salt Lake City to UMCOR Sager Brown in Baldwin, Louisiana.
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Retired Clergy & Friends
Inclusiveness webinar set for Nov. 14

DENVER — An inclusiveness webinar for laity and clergy sponsored by the United Methodist Association of Retired Clergy & Friends will be held over Zoom from 8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. U.S. Mountain Time on Nov. 14. The event, with Bishops LaTrelle Easterling and Karen Oliveto as keynote speakers, will focus on recent developments within United Methodism, including efforts to dismantle racism and diminish homophobia. 
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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.

Florida Conference
Developing a culture of voting

LAKELAND, Fla. — The Rev. Sharon Austin’s father served in World War II, but even after his service, he could not vote in his home state of Florida. Austin reflects on the hard-won fight to expand voting rights as the U.S. approaches a national election.
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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

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