Daily Digest - October 29, 2020

“Getting out of your charter today changes nothing legally. It only hurts youth and the church.”Steven Scheid, director of United Methodist Men’s Center for Scouting Ministries, on requesting churches to file legal paperwork in a lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America.


NEWS AND FEATURES

Boy Scouts lawsuit raises legal concern for churches

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UM News) — A Nov. 16 deadline approaches for churches to file paperwork intended to shield them from any potential liability stemming from a class action lawsuit against Boy Scouts of America over past sexual abuse claims. Joey Butler reports.
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Pastors reveal emotional toll of pandemic
HARARE, Zimbabwe (UM News) — More than seven months after the first case of COVID-19 was reported in Zimbabwe, United Methodist leaders are reflecting on the emotional toll of the pandemic. Pastors are busy counseling traumatized families while also dealing with their own fears and anxiety. Chenayi Kumuterera has the story.
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Tennessee Conference
Remembering COVID-19 dead with ribbons

LASCASSAS, Tenn. — The United Methodist Church at Dunaway’s Chapel has been hanging ribbons of remembrance in front of the chapel for lives lost due to COVID-19. The Rev. James H. Overcast writes about making sure people are not forgotten.
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Kentucky Conference
Walk and worship for healing

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — United Methodists gathered for a prayer walk and service “because the Lord requires it” to share a message of hope, love and peace with a hurting community, Bishop Leonard Fairley said. Alan Wild reports on the walk that drew some 125 United Methodists. 
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New 2020 annual conference reports posted
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UM News) — United Methodist News is posting 2020 annual conference reports. New this week are California-Nevada, Holston and Susquehanna. 
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PRESS RELEASES

National Council of Churches
Call to US churches to tackle justice issues

WASHINGTON — As the National Council of Churches celebrates 70 years of public witness, its governing board calls on churches in its 38 member communions “to partner with God in breathing new life into our nation” while coming to grips with racial injustice, the coronavirus pandemic and an economic crisis. The United Methodist Church is a member of the NCC.
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