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 - August 23, 2019

    Filipino United Methodists condemn latest violence; Church rises from ashes of 2016 wildfire; Bishop tours struggling Illinois farms
    Social Concerns
    Norma P. Dollaga, a United Methodist deaconess, joined other religious groups during an Aug. 20, 2019, protest decrying the killings and violence on Negros Island. Filipino United Methodists have strongly condemned the bloodshed. Photo courtesy of Tetang Dollaga, UM News.

    Filipino United Methodists condemn latest violence

    State terrorism prevails on Negros Island, the Philippines Board of Church and Society said in condemning the latest killings.
    Social Concerns
    Anti-extradition demonstrators march to call for democratic reforms, in Hong Kong, China, July 21, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu.

    As Hong Kong protests continue, so do prayers

    Methodist resident says Christians reach out to both protesters and the government in a spirit of prayer.