Daily Digest - October 11, 2018

“There are so many people who are praying for us and are with us. That’s the beauty of The United Methodist Church that people come together.”Bishop David Graves of the Alabama-West Florida Conference.

NEWS AND FEATURES

United Methodists gear up for Michael relief
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (UMNS) — United Methodists across the southeastern U.S. are preparing to offer long-term relief after the most powerful hurricane ever to hit the Gulf Coast. Damage assessments are still coming in, but church members are gearing up for the long recovery. Heather Hahn and Jim Patterson report.
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Top court plays decision-making role
ZURICH (UMNS) — The United Methodist Church’s top court is continuing to play a key role as the denomination prepares for the legislative meeting that will help decide its future. When the United Methodist Judicial Council convenes Oct. 23-26 in Zurich, its fall session will open with a three-part oral hearing related to a request for a “declaratory decision” on the three plans created by a special task force, the Commission on a Way Forward. Linda Bloom has the story. 
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East Ohio Conference
Ministry expands as need increases
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — For more than 50 years, Urban Mission — a nonprofit faith community — has provided food, shelter and other essential services to the low-income population of the Ohio Valley. As that need has continued to expand, the East Ohio ministry decided to move into a larger facility to extend its reach. Rick Wolcott profiles the ministry’s growth.
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Editor’s note: The link for a story in the Oct. 10 Daily Digest was working intermittently. Here is the correct link for that story.

Upper Room celebrates 80 years in Asia
SEOUL, South Korea (UMNS) — Methodists from across Asia recently came together on a mission: Help people around the world spend a moment with God each day. A leadership seminar was part of the celebration of the 80th anniversary of the Upper Room, a global ministry that supports the spiritual life of Christians. Thomas Kim reports.
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PRESS RELEASES

Commission on Religion and Race

Board seeks to understand tribalism
WASHINGTON — Seeking to better understand tribalism and study the root causes of discrimination and injustice faced by migrant and refugee people across the globe, a United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race delegation of board members and staff visited Zimbabwe, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The trip concluded with the full board convening in Johannesburg, South Africa, for their semi-annual board meeting.
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RESOURCES

Bishop details important Way Forward questions
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas Bishop Gary E. Mueller created a document addressing the questions he has heard most often about the Commission on a Way Forward and the special 2019 General Conference.
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EVENTS

Monday, Oct. 15-Monday, Oct. 29

Online class: How to build and provide a course online 

Monday, Oct. 15-Sunday, Nov. 11

Online Culture of the Call class: Camping ministries 

 

 

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