Daily Digest - September 10, 2019


“I think that we are in a moment of collective denial about the impact of climate change and environmental degradation.” — The Rev. Jenny Phillips, creation care program manager, United Methodist Committee on Relief.

NEWS AND FEATURES

Creation care gets traction as priority
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UM News) — Efforts to address climate change are being made across The United Methodist Church. A growing amount of grassroots climate change work is being done by graduates of Global Ministries EarthKeepers training. Jim Patterson has the story.
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Young people march for change in Angola
LUANDA, Angola (UM News) — Nearly a thousand young United Methodists took to the streets of Luanda recently to march against different ills that afflict Angolan society. Members of the church’s youth organization spoke out about domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse, prostitution and other social justice issues. Orlando da Cruz has the story.
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Western Pennsylvania Conference, WPXI
Fire guts historic Pittsburgh church

PITTSBURGH — Despite the valiant efforts of firefighters, the Sheraden United Methodist Church building was expected to be condemned after a four-alarm fire Sept. 9. The church is a site for the United Methodist Church Union’s Kids Meal Network and other outreach ministries.
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Dakotas Conference
Fellow headed to Ireland surfing ministry

MITCHELL, N.D. — A United Methodist Global Mission Fellow is headed to the U.K. to minister to surfers. Lily Jones, a recent graduate of United Methodist-related Dakota Wesleyan University, will serve at The Surf Project in Northern Ireland. Doreen Gosmire has the story.
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Ask The UMC
What does it mean to be a United Methodist?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The United Methodist Church may be facing an uncertain future, but what it means to be a church member hasn’t changed. Membership remains deeply rooted in our Methodist heritage, writes Ask The UMC, a ministry of United Methodist Communications. For United Methodists, membership means being part of a fellowship of followers of Jesus Christ who seek to make the world more like the kingdom of God.
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RESOURCES

West Virginia Conference
Day of Hope raises awareness of addiction and recovery

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Conference will observe its annual “Day of Hope: Encouraging Prevention and Recovery” the weekend of Sept. 13-15, but West Virginia Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball encourages churches to hold similar events any Sunday of their choosing. Day of Hope events raise awareness of substance abuse disorder and lift up those in recovery.
Download 2019 Day of Hope resources
UM News series: The Road to Recovery in West Virginia

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