UM News Daily Digest
United Methodist News Service

Providing news and information from around the church.

Sep 18, 2020
"Now we're starting to see the church being on the right side of history instead of the other side."  — The Rev. Chebon Kernell Jr., an ordained elder in the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference and Global Ministries executive. 

Expanding partnerships with Native Americans
ATLANTA (UMNS) — A grant of nearly $1 million to help provide safe drinking water in the Alaska Native Village of Newtok is an example of a renewed commitment to Native American ministries, highlighted throughout the Oct. 11-13 meeting of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries. Linda Bloom reports.
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Mission agency to return Ohio land held in trust



'Long road' for recovery from Hurricane Michael
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — The recovery from Hurricane Michael in Georgia and Florida will likely take years, said officials and pastors from The United Methodist Church on Monday. "It will be a long road," said Bishop Lawson Bryan, of the South Georgia Episcopal Area. Jim Patterson has the story.
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Nigerian United Methodists plant 20,000 trees
JALINGO, Nigeria (UMNS) — In Nigeria, where the high rate of deforestation is leading to habitat loss, species extinction and soil degradation, United Methodists are hoping that 20,000 trees will make a difference. Sharon Adamu Bambuka reports on the church's efforts to safeguard the environment through tree planting.
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Holston Conference
Church custodian featured on Hallmark show
SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. — Sevierville First United Methodist Church will be featured in an upcoming Hallmark Channel Christmas show with Amy Grant. A television crew went to the church to interview the Rev. Jeff Lambert, lead pastor, and Mary Patterson, church custodian, about Patterson's varied charitable works. The episode will air during Hallmark's "Countdown to Christmas," which begins Oct. 27. Annette Spence reports.
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Council of Bishops
United Methodists, Episcopalians finish proposal

CHICAGO — A final round of edits of "A Gift to the World: Co-Laborers for the Healing of Brokenness," a proposal for full communion between The United Methodist Church and The Episcopal Church, will be going to the November meeting of the United Methodist Council of Bishops.
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Learn where you lead with Candler's online DMin
Heifer International: Free Resources
Draw closer to Christ by exploring the Nutcracker

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Tuesday, Nov. 6
Retirement Readiness Based on the 5 Dimensions of Well-Being Webinar

Study All Four Gospels this Advent
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