Daily Digest - November 22, 2016
"We specifically urged the company to communicate a clear strategy for conducting open and ongoing consultation with those affected by the pipeline." — Dave Zellner, Wespath’s chief investment officer.
Pension board: Talk to Standing Rock tribe
CANNON BALL, N.D. (UMNS) — As many United Methodists have joined the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in protesting a pipeline, the agency that oversees the denomination’s pensions has engaged in its own form of advocacy. Heather Hahn reports.
Support church on #GivingTuesday
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — #GivingTuesday, a day to counter the consumer-driven traditions of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, kicks off the charitable giving season Nov. 29. United Methodists can support the denomination in a variety of ways on #GivingTuesday, including donations to The Advance projects and missions.
Press release: Way Forward progress reported
WASHINGTON — The moderators of the special commission that will look at the church’s teachings on homosexuality and issues of church unity met Nov. 17-18 to plan for the commission’s work. “Our hope and prayer for The United Methodist Church is that we will be united and vital, missional and global,” the moderators said in a press release about the progress of the Commission on a Way Forward.
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Dec. 2-3 hurricane work blitz in South Carolina
NICHOLS, S.C. (UMNS) — Six weeks after Hurricane Matthew ravaged South Carolina, The United Methodist Church is shifting to the next level of disaster aid, going beyond early response to more comprehensive relief. The new phase will officially kick off the weekend of Dec. 2-3, when the South Carolina Conference holds a work blitz in Nichols, a Marion District town devastated by the October storm. Jessica Brodie reports for the conference.
Commentary: Thanksgiving requires diversity
DETROIT (UMNS) — It is time to reframe the “thanksgiving story” so that it truly embraces the full stories of the diverse humanity that God has intended in every community and country, writes the Rev. Jerome Devine in a commentary about the U.S. celebration.
Eastern Pennsylvania completes redistricting
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (UMNS) — The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference cabinet has completed dividing its 415 member churches into four new districts that take effect July 1, 2017. The reduction from six to four districts was a necessary cost-savings decision made by the annual conference. John W. Coleman reports.
Digest on break
The UMNS Daily Digest will take a Thanksgiving break from Wednesday, Nov. 23, through Sunday, Nov. 27. The next daily digest will be on Monday, Nov. 28. We wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving holiday.
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, Nov. 24
U.S. Thanksgiving — Whether you're going over the river and through the woods or to a community Thanksgiving service, United Methodist Discipleship Ministries offers devotional and worship resources to mark the day that celebrates gratitude to God. Details
Sunday, Nov. 27
United Methodist Student Day — Designated offerings on this Special Sunday support scholarships for United Methodists to graduate from college and seminary. Resources