Daily Digest - October 14, 2020

"We claim our light. We claim our voice. We claim our power." — East Ohio Bishop Tracy Smith Malone during opening worship at the I AM Her Women's Leadership Summit 2020.


Forging stronger ties as women of faith
CHICAGO (UM News) — Sometimes the best response to sexism is through deeds rather than words, says Mozambique Area Bishop Joaquina Nhanala, the first and only female United Methodist bishop in Africa. She was among the 200 to 250 clergy and laywomen gathering online to share experiences and advice, build relationships and celebrate sisterhood. It was all part of the I AM Her Women's Leadership Summit 2020. Linda Bloom has the story.
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Judicial Council
Top court to look at resuming its work

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The United Methodist Judicial Council, whose work was suspended because of the pandemic, has announced it will determine how to meet electronically. Pending before the court are cases from the April 29-May 2 docket, as well as additional matters that were submitted after the deadline for the 2020 spring meeting. Revised timelines and filing deadlines will be provided to the denomination in November.
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United Methodist Women
Faith Talks podcast addresses church and politics

NEW YORK — Faith Talks, United Methodist Women's monthly podcast conversations, will explore church and politics this month. The one-hour podcast explores themes and resources that empower listeners to put faith, hope and love into action. Guests for this segment include Bishop Minerva Carcaño; Liz Theoharis, theologian and co-chair of the Poor People's Campaign; and Emily Jones, UMW executive for racial justice. The church and politics podcast is scheduled for Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. U.S. Eastern time.
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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.

Pastoral Thoughts and Musings
Time for hard reset on ordination

JACKSON, Tenn. — The Rev. Sky McCracken says major reform of The United Methodist Church's approach to ordination is needed. He writes in his blog that the denomination needs to "rethink how we educate, apprentice and disciple present and future pastors."
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Parkway Heights United Methodist Church
Pastor's book aims to help with anxiety

HATTIESBURG, Miss. — The Rev. Susan Eaton, a United Methodist pastor, and her husband, Stewart, a licensed professional counselor, have published "You're Gonna Be Okay" — a book for people dealing with depression and anxiety. The book includes readings, prayers and journaling prompts as well as links to music and other online resources.
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'Water is Life' chronicles global struggle for clean water


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Daily Digest - October 23, 2020

Should General Conference go virtual?; Nigeria bishop calls for dialogue on police reform; Wildfires, COVID-19 put communities in survival mode

Daily Digest - October 22, 2020

Church plans to help build schools in central Africa; Home is where the church is; Listening with the heart

Daily Digest - October 21, 2020

Another Wilke becomes United Methodist pastor; Annual conference reports; Online seminar examines educational equity