Daily Digest - September 18, 2020

“Our ongoing work toward unity at Christ’s table continues.” — The Episcopal Church-United Methodist Dialogue Committee announcing a recommended delay in proposals for full communion.


NEWS AND FEATURES

Full communion with Episcopalians delayed

WASHINGTON (UM News) — Citing the pandemic’s ongoing threat, United Methodists and Episcopalians have agreed to put plans for full communion between their two denominations on hold for now. Heather Hahn reports. 
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Empowering Liberian women amid COVID-19
MONROVIA, Liberia (UM News) — United Methodist Women in Liberia rolled out a quick impact project intended to help women of the church deal with the financial hardships brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The group is training women to make soaps and sanitary pads to generate income and provide needed products in rural villages. E Julu Swen has the story.
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New England Conference
Painful past leads to anti-racism initiative

SHREWSBURY, Mass. — After members of the Wellspring United Methodist Church voted to close earlier this year, artifacts retrieved from the cornerstone laid by the building’s previous congregation unearthed ties to the KKK. That discovery has prompted the creation of a New England Conference initiative to combat racism.
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PRESS RELEASES

Archives and History
5 scholars who actively engage the past

MADISON, N.J. — Recipients for 2020 of five awards, grants and scholarships given by the United Methodist Commission on Archives and History demonstrate “active engagement of the past, illuminating the very DNA that forms United Methodist identity,” said the Rev. Fred Day, top executive.
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RESOURCES

United Methodist Communications
World Communion Sunday resources available

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Christians around the globe annually celebrate World Communion Sunday on the first Sunday in October, which is Oct. 4 this year. For United Methodists and others, the observance focuses our attention on the universal and inclusive nature of the church. Donations to the World Communion Special Sunday offering equip U.S. students of color and international students to transform the church and their communities as both laity and clergy.
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