United Methodist Bishop Urges Candidates to Stop Divisive Rhetoric

Public discourse, especially in this season of presidential elections, has often deteriorated into acrimonious, disrespectful and divisive rhetoric.Such speech, in the interest of short-term political gain, will make it more difficult for the nation to unite to work together on the great challenges that face the United States and the world today.

    • Daily intercessory prayer for all candidates, voters and leaders in the U.S.
    • Urge local religious leaders and groups to develop and circulate similar calls similar to this in their communities,
    • Circulate this message as widely as possible to local, state and national leaders and candidates in the U.S.,
    • Urge the presidential and vice presidential candidates and their campaigns to commit themselves to conduct their debates, their advertisements and all their public speech in ways that honor the principles of fairness and accuracy.

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    Daily Digest - December 9, 2019

    Grants make impact; Provocative nativity scene in California; Albania earthquakes mobilize church
    Mission and Ministry
    Vinicius Guimarães dos Santos, an educator with Shade and Fresh Water, an after-school ministry of the Methodist Church of Brazil, plays a game with some of the students at the Liberdade site in Brazil. The ministry is among many over the years receiving small grants through the Encounter with Christ in Latin America and the Caribbean Fund. Photo by Mark Greathouse, courtesy of Global Ministries.

    Sustaining faith partnerships with Latin America

    Through small grants, the Encounter with Christ fund has nurtured Methodist mission and relationships in 26 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.
    Mission and Ministry
    Early on the morning of Nov. 26, a violent 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck Albania, claiming over 20 lives, injuring 600 and collapsing buildings. Courtesy of Google maps.

    Church mobilizes after earthquakes rock Albania

    United Methodists seek ways to offer material help and emotional support in hardest-hit areas.