Daily Digest - September 11, 2019

"It is our prayer that with some form of regional autonomy, we can find a workable solution and remain a united global denomination." — Bishop Rodolfo Alfonso "Rudy" Juan, president, Filipino College of Bishops

NEWS AND FEATURES


Filipino bishops back church unity

MANILA, Philippines (UM News) — The Philippines Central Conference College of Bishops signed a resolution "intensely" opposing dissolution of The United Methodist Church. The bishops' resolution recommended restructuring that would allow for regional autonomy to deal with divisive issues like homosexuality. Gladys P. Mangiduyos reports.
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African bishops oppose separation plans

Swiss pastors launch 'Save Our Food'
DAVOS, Switzerland (UM News) — Two Swiss pastors turned a dream of stopping food waste into reality with the launch of "Save Our Food," a project that picks up food about to be discarded — but still edible — from supermarkets and offers it free to the public.
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Michigan Conference
Helping Flint during water crisis

LANSING, Mich. — Churches have been assisting the population of Flint, Michigan, since they began coping with the news in 2015 that their water supply is laced with lead. Asbury United Methodist Church and Bethel United Methodist Church in Flint distribute truckloads of bottled water donated by Nestle each week. A permanent solution isn't expected soon. Kay DeMoss reports.
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PRESS RELEASES

Duke Divinity School
Leadership in black church to be studied

DURHAM, N.C. — Duke Divinity School will launch a five-year multidisciplinary collaboration that will bring scholars and pastoral leaders together to identify and develop models for strengthening leadership in the black church and beyond. The Rev. David Emmanuel Goatley, a research professor and director of the school's Office of Black Church Studies, will lead the effort.
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UM News to host pre-General Conference briefing
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — United Methodist News will host a pre-General Conference news briefing Jan. 23-24 at the Omni Hotel in Nashville in preparation for the 2020 General Conference. The briefing aims to help delegates, communicators, agency and annual conference staff and other interested parties prepare for the denomination's legislative body when it meets in Minneapolis May 5-15.
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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.

Remembering 9/11
WORTHINGTON, Ohio — On the 18th anniversary of 9/11, West Ohio Bishop Gregory V. Palmer asks Christians to remember "who we are called to be" and do the hard work of embracing our neighbors, standing up to hatred and finding the courage to promote sensible legislation and community building.
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