Daily Digest - September 28, 2022

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“I firmly believe a future UMC needs traditional orthodox members as well as progressive members and everyone in between.” — Bishop David Graves of the Alabama-West Florida and South Georgia conferences.

NEWS AND FEATURES


Bishops push back against recruitment tactics
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UM News) — As churches weigh disaffiliation, bishops are trying to set the record straight on misinformation being spread about The United Methodist Church’s future. They also are working toward building a church where traditionalists, centrists and progressives will all feel they belong. Meanwhile, a recent church court decision could have an impact on disaffiliation lawsuits in civil court. Heather Hahn reports.
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United Methodist Communications

'The Recap' debuts
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — “The Recap” is a short video news segment produced by United Methodist Communications that helps United Methodists have a better understanding of what is going on in the denomination, find inspiration in stories of ministry and learn how the denomination is transforming the world. The debut episode looks at the splintering occurring in The United Methodist Church, as well as how the church is helping Ukrainian refugees and children with special needs in South Africa.
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Dakotas Conference
A root beer float introduction
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — First United Methodist Church broke out the big guns to attract children: root beer floats. The church is located across the street from Jamestown Middle School. After school one recent day, children who came by for a treat were also handed a card with a QR code that took them to an app giving information about the church's Crosswalk after-school program. Doreen Gosmire has the story.
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PRESS RELEASES


Religion and Race
Action Fund grants available
WASHINGTON — The United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race has announced a new cycle of the CORR Action Fund grant program to support creative initiatives that will transform The United Methodist Church and the world. The 2022-2023 grant program will provide up to $10,000 to fund projects that increase intercultural competency and support vital conversations about race, cultural diversity and systemic equity leading to action. Applications are now open, with a deadline on Nov. 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 UM News staff.

Getting to a pro-choice and pro-life position
BOISE, Idaho (UM News) — The Rev. Duane Anders says it’s time to move beyond binary thinking about abortion. He believes it’s possible to be pro-choice, in terms of supporting women’s rights to control their bodies, but also pro-life, in opposing capital punishment and working to make sure all children born into this world get the help they need to flourish.
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United Methodists should support Dobbs decision
PITTSFIELD, Pa. (UM News) — Holly Fugate, a member of Otterbein United Methodist Church, believes United Methodists should support the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The June 24 ruling overturned Roe v. Wade, the court’s 1973 decision guaranteeing a right to abortion. Fugate looks to The United Methodist Church’s Social Principles in arguing that denomination members should back Dobbs.
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