Daily Digest - November 3, 2020

"It's just so important that we see each other as neighbors and as children of God." — Patty Highland, music director at Lake Travis United Methodist Church in Austin, Texas, on the need for healing prayers on U.S. Election Day.

NEWS AND FEATURES

On US Election Day, United Methodists seek God
RIPLEY, Tenn. (UM News) — Across the U.S., United Methodist churches sought to ease anxieties and offer Christian perspective through prayer and communion services tied to Election Day. In Ripley, New Life United Methodist Church held an election eve service where those present said their prayers aloud. Kathy L. Gilbert, Sam Hodges and Jim Patterson report.
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Poll chaplains hope to ease anxiety

The Advocate
Mom-pastors discuss postpartum in a pandemic

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Having a baby can be challenging in typical times. But for two South Carolina United Methodist pastors with newborns in the midst of a pandemic, those challenges have brought both troubles and great blessings. Jessica Brodie has the story.
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PRESS RELEASES

Connectional Table
Leadership body affirms Christmas Covenant

CHICAGO — The Connectional Table, a leadership body that coordinates mission and ministry, voted to affirm the Christmas Covenant legislation as a vehicle for providing global regionalism in The United Methodist Church. The legislation originated with General Conference delegates from the Philippines, Africa and Europe. Like the Connectional Table, the group seeks to create a U.S. regional conference that will have parity with other regions in the denomination.
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Read Christmas Covenant legislation

Africa University Development Office
Host a virtual Africa University celebration

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — With many churches avoiding in-person gatherings due to COVID-19, Africa University is offering a complete worship service for celebrating the United Methodist university in Zimbabwe. Resources include a 40-minute worship service with music, Scripture, sermon, call to action and testimonials, as well as a short promotional video. For flexibility, all elements of the full worship service are available as standalone items.
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Get worship service
Watch promotional video

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.

Stewarding a vision
CASPER, Wyo. — Survival mode isn't working for most congregations, writes the Rev. Rebekah Simon-Peter. Especially during this time of COVID-19 and all its fallout, the church consultant writes that churches should cast a vision.
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RESOURCES

Religion and Race
Advent 2020 resource focuses on justice and peace

WASHINGTON — "Seeking Jesus, The Advent of Justice and Peace" is a five-week Advent anti-racism resource available now through the United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race. The resource begins Nov. 29 and continues through Dec. 27. Cost is $20.
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