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Daily Digest - June 1, 2018

 

“Our efforts in addressing these issues will make the world a better place for us, our children and the next generation to come.”Jefferson Knight, about climate change in Liberia.

Student Susannah Gaye of Bassa High School plants a tree Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County, Liberia, as part of a United Methodist effort to combat climate change. Photo by E Julu Swen, UMNS.
Photo by E Julu Swen, UMNS


NEWS AND FEATURES

 

Liberia church undertakes tree planting

BUCHANAN, Liberia (UMNS) — United Methodists in Liberia have been challenged to plant more than 250,000 trees as part of a campaign to minimize the effects of climate change. E Julu Swen reports.
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Ask The UMC
May United Methodists drink alcohol?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Church teachings do not prohibit members from drinking responsibly. However, the church also stresses that abstinence is part of living into the life God has prepared for people. Ask The UMC, a ministry of United Methodist Communications, explain what this means in practice.
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Text messages educate about Ebola in Congo

KINSHASHA, Congo (UMNS) — Remembering the West Africa Ebola epidemic four years ago, United Methodist communicators in Africa and their colleagues in the United States are working together to send messages of help and hope as the deadly disease threatens the Democratic Republic of Congo. Pierre Omadjela has the story.  
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United Methodist Communications
Podcast: Meet Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMC.org) — Prior to beginning in pastoral ministry, Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi spent 17 years as a school psychologist, helping students and parents see beyond barriers toward potential and possibility. Today, this daughter of a United Methodist pastor uses those same gifts as she leads the Western Pennsylvania Conference. She talked with the Rev. Joe Iovino for the “Get Your Spirit in Shape” podcast.
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Holston Conference
Church groups create crazy quilts for local homeless

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Some call them “crazy quilts.” Some call them “ugly quilts.” Either way, Anderson Street United Methodist Church is one of several churches where people meet regularly to create these special bedrolls for the homeless. Annette Spence has the story. 
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PRESS RELEASES 

 

Commission on General Conference
Petition submission for GC2019 begins June 6

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Petitions for the 2019 special session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church may be submitted to the petitions secretary from June 6 to July 8. Detailed instructions for formatting and submitting a petition are now available.
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Instructions for submission 

Higher Education and Ministry  
United Methodist faculty recognized for service

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Winners of two awards for faculty at United Methodist-related colleges and universities have been announced by the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry. The board announced that 45 outstanding educators were selected as recipients of the Cutting-Edge Curriculum Award and Exemplary Teacher Award.
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COMMENTARIES
 


Lewis Center for Church Leadership
United Methodism’s unfinished business

WASHINGTON — Recalling the sermon Albert C. Outler preached 50 years ago at the birth of the United Methodist Church, the Rev. Lovett H. Weems Jr., says that Outler’s hope for “a church repentant in order to be a church redemptive” is vitally relevant today in the face of the divisions currently plaguing The United Methodist Church.
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Correction

The date for a delivery of letters from United Methodist Women to Chevron’s corporate headquarters was incorrect in the May 30 digest. The letters were delivered on May 29, not April 29.
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EVENTS
 

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