Daily Digest - September 27, 2022

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“This is not just my battle; this is the entire church’s fight — the very church which nurtured me to do this prophetic ministry.”The Rev. Glofie Baluntong, a United Methodist pastor facing charges in the Philippines. 


Church says clergywoman faces trumped-up charges

CABANATUAN CITY, Philippines (UM News) — Church groups are rallying together in support of the Rev. Glofie Baluntong, a pastor known for her social justice work. The former United Methodist district superintendent and longtime deaconess has been charged with attempted murder, but she and her supporters say she is innocent and the charge is meant to silence her advocacy for indigenous people. Gladys P. Mangiduyos reports.
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Florida Conference
Conference still helping as Hurricane Ian looms

LAKELAND, Fla. — Trish Warren, the Florida Conference’s disaster response coordinator, is working to help prepare United Methodists for Hurricane Ian. At the same time, the conference is also assisting with recovery after deadly floods in eastern Kentucky and offering support to hurricane-battered Puerto Rico. Joe Henderson has the story.
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Florida Conference seeks cleaning kits
Alabama-West Florida Conference collects kits
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East Ohio Conference
Ukrainian refugees find help in Ohio

NORTH CANTON, Ohio — Some refugees from the war in Ukraine are finding a new home in Ohio, courtesy of United Methodists in the region. Among those helping are the ownership, staff and residents of Wesleyan Senior Living and LaPorte and Avon United Methodist churches. Work permits, food stamps and other assistance are being arranged. Rick Wolcott reports.
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UM News: United Methodist ministry with Ukraine

Holston Conference
New members encourage churches in tense times

ALCOA, Tenn. — After two years of distanced worship brought on by the pandemic — complicated by tension and division in the denomination — some Virginia and Tennessee clergy report new church members eager to be part of the in-person church community. Annette Spence has the story. 
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Council of Bishops
Bishops seek donations for Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON — Even as United Methodists prepare to respond to Hurricane Ian, the Council of Bishops urges churchgoers not to forget the needs in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Fiona’s devastation. The Council of Bishops is appealing for donations for Puerto Rico after receiving a letter from the Methodist Church in Puerto Rico. Council of Bishops President Thomas J. Bickerton urged all Methodists to support the recovery efforts, which are being done in conjunction with the United Methodist Committee on Relief.
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Read letter to see how to donate


Native American International Caucus, United Women in Faith
Justice, healing for Native children

NEW YORK — From Sept. 30 through Oct. 6, United Methodists are invited to observe a special time of prayer and action in remembrance of the atrocities against Native American children in boarding schools. “Justice for Our Children: Healing for Our Communities” is the theme of this year’s observance. United Women in Faith is offering a two-hour virtual event on Oct. 6 that will include prayer, an educational program and reflection in small groups about the abuses suffered by Native American children in the schools. 
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Society of St. Andrew
Advent devotions available for order

BIG ISLAND, Va. — The Society of St. Andrew, a feeding ministry and United Methodist partner, is offering free devotionals for the season of Advent. This year’s theme is “Prepare the Way of the Lord.” The deadline to order print materials is Nov. 1. The daily devotions start Nov. 27 and run through Dec. 24.
To learn more and order


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Wednesday, Sept. 28

Justice Talks: The Rise of Christian Nationalism

Sunday, Oct. 2
World Communion Sunday 

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