Daily Digest - October 17, 2019

“The West Ohio Conference takes seriously any allegation of a chargeable offense against a pastor.” — West Ohio Conference Bishop Gregory V. Palmer.


NEWS AND FEATURES

Clergyman accused of sexual misconduct, abuse

WORTHINGTON, Ohio (UM News) — Four women have brought formal accusations of sexual misconduct and abuse against a United Methodist clergyman who is prominent in interfaith work. The West Ohio Conference confirmed a church trial is likely. Heather Hahn reports.
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United Methodist works on amphibious rescue vehicle
CABANATUAN CITY, Philippines (UM News) — An amphibious vehicle being developed by a United Methodist could help rescue and relief operations during frequent floods in the Philippines. Gladys P. Mangiduyos has the story.
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Baltimore-Washington Conference
Bishop Easterling remembers Baltimore congressman

FULTON, Md. — Bishop LaTrelle Miller Easterling writes of the passing of U.S. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, who died Oct. 17 at a hospice center in Baltimore. “Our hearts cry out in sorrow at the loss of this faithful servant, friend and champion of justice,” she said of the Baltimore congressman.
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Alabama-West Florida Conference
Bishop does hurricane anniversary tour

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama-West Florida Conference Bishop David Graves spent four weekends in September and early October visiting churches that provided crucial community service after Hurricane Michael, which hit the Gulf Coast on Oct. 10, 2018. “It was important for me to personally thank these pastors and congregations for the tireless efforts,” Graves said.
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The Tribune
Coalition addresses youth mental health

MONUMENT, Colo. — Heartbroken after the suicides of two students, members of Tri-Lakes United Methodist Church formed a coalition to stimulate conversation on the topic of youth mental health in the area. Taylor Dean reports. 
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New 2019 annual conference reports posted 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UM News) — United Methodist News is posting annual conference reports. New reports from the central conferences include Burundi, East Congo, Uganda-South Sudan and Rwanda Provisional’s special session and regular meeting.
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