"As you pray, I urge you not to suggest to God what you want God to do to bring about change. But rather, I urge you to listen to God so that God can reveal to you what to say and what to do in order to provide comfort to our Jewish sisters and brothers, the first responders, and all those for whom this tragedy reignites previous trauma." — Pittsburgh Area Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi in calling for prayers after the deadly synagogue attack.
NEWS AND FEATURES
United Methodists react to synagogue shooting
PITTSBURGH (UMNS) — As United Methodists responded to a deadly synagogue shooting, Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi urged people to listen to God as they pray. United Methodists in the area immediately reached out to rabbis and synagogues to find out how they could help, while others attended vigils. Jim Patterson reports.
Court ruling propels GC2019 strategizing
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — The United Methodist Church’s top court has clarified what parts of legislation heading to the 2019 General Conference pass constitutional muster. Now advocates for various plans are looking at how to change the plans to address the Judicial Council’s ruling. Heather Hahn, E Julu Swen and Sam Hodges report.
Corrected link: Korea roundtable public events
ATLANTA (UMNS) — A story on the 2018 Roundtable for Peace on the Korean Peninsula, which will be hosted by the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries Nov. 9-11, contained a faulty registration link for public events that now has been fixed. The registration link included separately with the Oct. 19 item in the Daily Digest was correct.
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Board of Church and Society
Board opposes military at U.S.-Mexico border
WASHINGTON — A delegation from the United Methodist Board of Church and Society’s board of directors walked across the International Gateway Bridge to meet with men, women and children fleeing violence in their home countries. The bridge crosses the U.S.-Mexico border between Matomoros, Mexico, and Brownsville, Texas. After the trip during their meeting, the board adopted a statement opposing the decision by the U.S. government to send troops to the border in response to the group of migrants traveling through Mexico to try to reach the U.S.
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United Methodist Publishing House
Committee seeks liturgical resources
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The liturgical resources subgroup of the Hymnal Revision Committee seeks the submission of new materials for possible inclusion in the next United Methodist Hymnal. The committee particularly seeks worship resources for baptism, confirmation, renewal of baptism and days and seasons of the church year. Resources are requested between Nov. 1 and June 30.
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Higher Education and Ministry
Educators affirm commitment to church unity
JOHANNESBURG — United Methodist educational leaders meeting in Africa affirmed their commitment to church unity and established the Africa Senate, a body that will evaluate and support the development of Methodist education in a Pan-African perspective. Delegates to a joint meeting of the African Association of Methodist Institutions of Higher Education and the African Association of United Methodist Theological Institutions voted on the creation of the Africa Senate and established a committee that will implement the new body. The United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry is a partner in this initiative.
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Court: One Church Plan largely constitutional
Top court releases October decisions
Monday, Nov. 5-Monday, Nov. 19
Online workshop: Awakening the Joy Within