Daily Digest - October 27, 2021

"We need to fix our scarcity mentality and embrace our God of abundance." — The Rev. Rachel Billups, pastor of Ginghamsburg Church in the West Ohio Conference, in response to a clergy composition and compensation study.


Women clergy still paid less
CHICAGO (UM News) — Men make up 68% of the clergy in The United Methodist Church and earn 8% more in compensation than women, according to a study commissioned by the United Methodist Commission on the Status and Role of Women. The disparities are getting smaller, but very slowly, said researcher Magaela C. Bethune, assistant professor of African American Studies at Loyola Marymount University. Jim Patterson reports.
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California-Nevada Conference
Bishop visits wildfire areas

GREENVILLE, Calif. — The Dixie and Caldor fires are extinguished and the burn scars remain. Yet, signs of rebirth are emerging from the ashes in Northern California. Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño led a California-Nevada Conference delegation on a three-day tour of the areas affected by the "super fires." Selby Ewing reported on each day of the journey.
Read Day 1: Dixie fire area
Read Day 2: Caldor fire area
Read Day 3: Peaceful rain and worship in Quincy

South Carolina Conference
Church, hospital team up for health and hope

TAYLORS, S.C. — St. Mark United Methodist Church is working with the South Carolina Hospital Association Foundation to produce a video series on heart disease, diabetes, cancer and stroke. The first video, on cancer, is available now. Jessica Brodie has the story.
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Council of Bishops
Bishops meet online Nov. 2-5

WASHINGTON — The United Methodist Council of Bishops will meet online Nov. 2-5 to discuss the future of the continuing United Methodist Church, elect new officers and address other timely topics. The meeting will be livestreamed via the Council of Bishops' Facebook and YouTube Channel from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. U.S. Eastern time on two days: Nov. 2 and Nov. 5.
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Watch on Facebook
Watch on YouTube

Group celebrates 25 years of ministry

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The United Methodist Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century will kick off its 25th anniversary celebration during the group's Dec. 1-2 national conference. "Shift Happens: Doing Ministry from the Right Side" will be held at St. John's United Methodist Church in Houston. The hybrid event is expected to attract 200 in-person attendees. To honor its work empowering and equipping Black clergy and lay leadership, the group will highlight achievements and hold observances through May 2022.
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One stop for United Methodist job listings

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The UMC.org Jobs Board is a service of The United Methodist Church. Any United Methodist church, agency or official organization may submit job listings. This resource is also made available free of charge to job seekers.
To submit or find an opening

The Collective Table
'Sermon Podcast Hour' launches new season

ENCINITAS, Calif. — The third season of The Collective Table's "Sermon Podcast Hour" has been released. Co-hosts the Revs. Chelsea Simon and Dana Black interview some of their favorite preachers about a particular sermon they have delivered. Scheduled guests include Rob Bell, the Rev. Otis Moss III, the Rev. Amy Butler, and activist and author Shane Claiborne. The Collective Table is a mission outreach ministry of San Dieguito United Methodist Church in Encinitas.
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Bishop Asbury still shapes church today

We Are God's Family: Personal Encounters with Racism


Monday, Nov. 15-Monday, Dec. 20

Online course: Biblical Storytelling Weekly for Advent

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Daily Digest - November 30, 2021

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