Daily Digest November 6 2020

“We support the grassroots movements to not elect bishops until the next quadrennium.”Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey on announcing bishops’ recommended delay in U.S. bishop elections.


Council urges no new US bishops for 4 years

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UM News) — Faced with a financial crunch and a potential denominational split, United Methodist bishops want to postpone electing any new bishops in the U.S. and slow down adding more bishops in Africa. Heather Hahn reports. 
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Legal settlement means Glide leaves denomination
SAN FRANCISCO (UM News) — A battle for control of a landmark church in San Francisco has ended with a multimillion dollar settlement in which Glide Memorial leaves The United Methodist Church but retains its famed 330 Ellis St. building. Kathy L. Gilbert reports. 
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Church aids displaced Lumad families
ARAKAN, Philippines (UM News) — United Methodists evacuated their homes to avoid being caught in the crossfire between Filipino soldiers and insurgents. Of the 58 families displaced, 26 are members of Beho Omor United Methodist Church, a Lumad church. The Lumads are the largest indigenous group in the Philippines. Gladys P. Mangiduyos reports.
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Building women leaders in Asia-Pacific
NEW YORK — Growing up in a Christian community in eastern India, Sunita Suna was not aware of the lack of women in leadership in her church until she became part of the Student Christian Movement. Now, as the regional executive for the Asia-Pacific region of the World Student Christian Federation, Suna is encouraging other young women into leadership. Nile Sprague, with Tara Barnes, reports for Response, the magazine of United Methodist Women.
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Community relationships help small church do big ministry

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oak Grove United Methodist Church is too small to meet many community needs alone. But when PPE shortages occurred at the outset of the coronavirus and wildfires forced the evacuation of a homeless shelter, the 150-member church partnered with other congregations and community organizations to locate masks and convert its sanctuary into temporary housing. Terri Elton and Tessa Pinkstaff report. 
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Churches, individuals working for racial progress

Pitching tents to fight coronavirus


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