Daily Digest - September 14, 2023

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Bishop’s church trial: Questions and answers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UM News) — Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño is facing the prospect of The United Methodist Church’s first trial of a bishop. Heather Hahn looks at some frequently asked questions about the denomination’s trial process.  
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Read press release on trial livestream

New Mexico and Rio Texas conferences
Migrant shelter offers dignity, freeze-dried apples

LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Cabinets of the New Mexico and Rio Texas conferences were touring El Calvario United Methodist Church’s migrant shelter and ministry when a bus arrived to drop off about 50 exhausted migrants, most of them single mothers and children from Venezuela, Nicaragua, Brazil and Bolivia. Treating with dignity all who need help is an El Calvario priority. Guests get freeze-dried apples, among other practical foodstuffs. The Rev. Robert Lopez and Alli Newsom report.
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Michigan Conference
Tips to teach creation care

LANSING, Mich. — It’s important to discuss taking care of the planet with family, friends and congregations, says Katherine Hayhoe, a climate scientist. She offers 10 ways this can be accomplished, including starting a church vegetable garden, keeping the car engine off when picking up children at school and finding out what happens to unused food at local schools. Michigan Conference staff have the story.
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United Methodist Communications
Online gaming with a mission

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Rev. Adam Sowder believes that if John Wesley were alive today, he definitely would be gaming on Twitch, chatting on Discord and streaming his sermons across social media. In the latest episode of the “Get Your Spirit in Shape” podcast, Sowder shares how church is happening at Methodist Gaming and how we also can find connection in these digital spaces.
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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 UM News staff. 

Upper New York Conference
It’s a good, good season

CLAY, N.Y. — Reflecting on division in the denomination, Daniel J. Bradley, pastor at Faith Journey United Methodist Church, asks us to recognize that God loves us all no matter what side of the “great divide” we fall on. “I long for relationships to be mended and molded in the imago-dei that God might be glorified in action, word and deed,” he writes.
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Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center
Registration open for winter youth retreats

LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. — Registration is now open for Lake Junaluska Winter Youth Retreats, where youth groups can grow closer to God and each other in the mountains of western North Carolina. All Winter Youth Retreat packages at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center include lodging and meals. 
Learn more and register 


Prison evangelism transforms inmates

Short docket brings more church-exit questions


Thursday, Sept. 21

United Women in Faith podcast: Faith Talks on Hispanic Heritage Month

Friday, Sept. 29-Saturday, Sept. 30
RESILIENCE: Practicing Compassion in a World of Conflict

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