Daily Digest - September 13, 2019

“I stand today as one of the female high court judges of this land. I drive a car and I lead the church before men, all because of our forerunners who came to Chin’ando praying for future generations.”Justice Hlekani Mwayera, Zimbabwe East Conference lay leader. 


NEWS AND FEATURES

Celebrating women at historic prayer hill

OLD MUTARE, Zimbabwe (UM News) — Hundreds of United Methodist clergy and church members climbed the hill to witness the historic dedication of the Chin’ando prayer monument. The place of prayer — discovered by Lydia Chimonyo, a United Methodist pastor’s wife in the 1920s — is a symbol of the women’s movement in the Zimbabwe Episcopal Area. The Rev. Taurai Emmanuel Maforo has the story.
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North Carolina Conference
Teams dispatched for Hurricane Dorian recovery

GARNER, N.C. — The North Carolina Conference has begun to send early response teams to help with recovery efforts from Hurricane Dorian. Some 290 homes on Ocracoke Island alone received flood damage. The teams will be mucking out homes and spraying for mold. 
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West Ohio Conference
Church sees growth by reaching seniors

BRYAN, Ohio — Bryan Wesley United Methodist Church in rural northwest Ohio has gone from zero professions of faith in 2017 to 10 last year. The church did so with a concerted effort to reach out to the area’s senior population. The West Ohio Conference has the story.
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PRESS RELEASES 

Connectional Table
Legislation for US structure is now available

CHICAGO — The Connectional Table is publishing its legislative petition to create a U.S. Regional Conference, as well as a one-page frequently asked questions sheet and a narrative booklet. The Connectional Table, which collaborated closely with Wespath on this legislation, shares the legislation and educational materials in hopes it is helpful to 2020 General Conference delegations.
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Read legislation
Read frequently asked questions
Read legislative overview

United Methodist Women
Webinar series highlights ‘Just Energy for All’

NEW YORK — United Methodist Women said it is actively supporting the global student climate strike that will take place Sept. 20 through Sept. 27. The organization also is offering a three-part Just Energy for All 101 webinar series on Sept. 17, Sept. 24 and Oct. 1.
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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. 

Hacking Christianity
Officiating a wedding on ‘Say Yes to the Dress’

SEATTLE — The Rev. Jeremy Smith admits the rumors are true. He really did officiate at a wedding recently featured on the TLC reality TV show “Say Yes to the Dress.” The wedding of his mother-in-law gave him a chance to show glimpses of United Methodist ritual to a TV audience. 
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