Daily Digest October 16, 2018

“There’s no way I could not be here.” — The Rev. Ruth Marston-Bihl, on attending The United Methodist Church’s Do No Harm sexual ethics summit.

NEWS AND FEATURES


Timing right for sexual ethics summit
SAN ANTONIO (UMNS) — With the #MeToo movement and a handful of major sexual misconduct-related news stories as background, The United Methodist Church held Do No Harm, a sexual ethics summit. Some 280 people attended, including seven bishops. Sam Hodges reports.
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New UMCOR grants target crisis areas, basic needs
ATLANTA (UMNS) — Through its grants with partners, the United Methodist Committee on Relief is able to reach out to vulnerable populations in the world’s crisis points. But the agency is increasingly focused on disaster preparedness, water and sanitation needs and projects that will help communities meet basic needs and sustain livelihoods. Linda Bloom reports on new grants approved by UMCOR’s directors.
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Church launches campaign against childhood marriages
HARARE, Zimbabwe (UMNS) — The United Methodist Church’s Ministry with Women, Children and Youth recently embarked on a 15-day outreach campaign against childhood marriages now rampant among teenagers in the southern African country. Kudzai Chingwe has the story.
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South Georgia Conference
Neighbors helping neighbors after hurricane

COLQUITT, Ga. — Hurricane Michael brought 115 mph winds, downed trees and destroyed buildings throughout southwest Georgia. The Rev. Scott Stanfill, pastor of Colquitt United Methodist Church, said he sees God at work in how neighbors are extending a helping hand. Kara Witherow reports.
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Texas Conference
Making the most of a pumpkin patch

TYLER, Texas — When is a pumpkin patch more than a pumpkin patch? The answer is, when that pumpkin patch belongs to Lanes Chapel United Methodist. Then… a pumpkin patch becomes a blessing. Sherri Gragg has the story.
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RESOURCES

Board of Higher Education and Ministry
Clergywomen launch new podcast series

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — WellSprings Journal, a publication of the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry, has been a community for United Methodist clergywomen since 1987. On Oct. 16, WellSprings launches a podcast series offering leadership training and inspiring stories of women in ministry. The series is available on Google Play, iTunes and more.
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