Daily Digest - May 23, 2016
“This resolution continues the historic commitment of The United Methodist Church to advocate for quality healthcare for all people.” — The Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe on healthcare legislation passed by General Conference.
GC2016: Farewell, Portland. Thanks for the doughnuts.
PORTLAND, Ore. (UMNS) — Believe it or not, General Conference 2016 spent more than twice as much time debating a Rule of Order than the hot topic of human sexuality. After almost three days of considering an alternative method for discussing legislation, The United Methodist Church’s top legislative body referred its most difficult subject — sexuality — to a study commission and moved on to other matters. Joey Butler reports.
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Legislation promotes expanded health care
PORTLAND, Ore. (UMNS) — A piece of legislation approved by the 2016 General Conference calls for The United Methodist Church to advocate for the improvement of health care in the United States. The legislation outlines a plan for the church to work with U.S. government officials to improve health care coverage for all citizens, specifically including ethnic minorities. Kyle Wallace has the story.
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Preparing for GC2020
MINNEAPOLIS (UMNS) — Most United Methodists in Portland, Oregon, were focused on General Conference 2016, but a dozen Minnesota and Dakotas United Methodists were looking ahead to General Conference 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Christa Meland reports for the Minnesota Conference.
2016 John Harrison Ness Memorial Award winners
MADISON, N.J. (UMNS) — The United Methodist Commission on Archive and History announced the 2016 winners of the John Harrison Ness Memorial Award, given to students enrolled in the Master of Divinity program (or its equivalent) to recognize and celebrate their interest and research in the area of church history.
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Foundation offers grants to college ministry
PORTLAND, Ore. (UMNS) — At General Conference, the Foundation for Evangelism announced a new pilot grant program for ministry on U.S. college campus. The foundation will provide grants of up to $50,000 in each of three years to an innovative campus-focused ministry with a mission to engage, form and grow disciples of Jesus Christ. Apply through Aug. 1.
Daily Digest vacation
The Daily Digest will take a vacation May 24-25. The digest will return to its regular schedule on May 26.
Here are some of the activities ahead for United Methodists across the connection. If you have an item to share, email firstname.lastname@example.org and put Digest in the subject line.
Thursday, June 2
Webinar “Program Planning for Women’s Groups” — 6 p.m. CDT. A successful women’s group not only helps members become closer to God but also builds friendships. Debbie Kolacki, a Christian educator and certified lay servant in The United Methodist Church, will discuss resources for such groups including books, DVDs and online possibilities. Details