Daily Digest - October 9, 2019

“The issue today is how do we, as Christians, fit into our times … and make peace when there’s so much chaos and animosity and bitterness?” The Rev. James T. Laney, 2019 World Methodist Peace Award recipient.

“The most challenging issue facing human beings is how to live with those who are different from you.”The Rev. Inderjit Bhogal, 2018 World Methodist Peace Award recipient.
 

NEWS AND FEATURES

Award winners embody peace as a lifelong vocation
LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. (UM News) — The two most recent recipients of the World Methodist Peace Award, the Revs. James T. Laney and Inderjit Singh Bhogal, have very different backgrounds but share a commitment to peacemaking. Linda Bloom has the story.
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Ask The UMC
How did John Wesley empower lay people?
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — John Wesley’s system of small groups provided accountability and support for living the Christian life. Ask The UMC, a ministry of United Methodist Communications, explains how the classes equipped lay people to become disciples. 
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Global Ministries
Norma Kehrberg, first woman to lead UMCOR dies
ATLANTA — Norma J. Kehrberg, a longtime United Methodist missionary and the first woman to lead a major Protestant disaster relief agency, died Oct. 6 at 81, following a long illness. A missionary in Nepal for nearly 25 years, she was head of the United Methodist Committee on Relief from 1984-91. Elliott Wright reports.
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PRESS RELEASES

United Methodist Communications
Communication board urges mission together
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The board that oversees United Methodist Communications advocated for the use of effective communication practices to help bring the denomination together in mission. During its Oct. 1-2 meeting, the 27-member board directed agency staff to work toward helping church members engage those whom they disagree. 
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Greater Northwest Area
Coalition formed for 'new movement of Methodism’
DES MOINES, Wash. — Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky has announced the formation of a Greater Northwest Area Guiding Coalition that will help shape a “new movement of Methodism” in that episcopal area — a movement she said will be fully inclusive of LGBTQ people. The area includes the Alaska, Oregon-Idaho and Pacific Northwest conferences.
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COMMENTARIES

UM News includes in the Daily Digest various commentaries about issues in the denomination. The opinion pieces reflect a variety of viewpoints and are the opinions of the writers, not the UM News staff. 

Tennessee Conference
United Methodist retreat has slave-trade backstory
BEERSHEBA SPRINGS, Tenn. — Russell Casteel describes how a “holy place” of Methodism also has a past intertwined with the slave trade. In his essay about Beersheba Springs Assembly, the Tennessee Conference executive director of camp and retreat ministry invokes the Bible, John Wesley and writer Wendell Berry.
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