Charles Wesley wins “Lent Madness”

Score one for Methodism! Charles Wesley has won Lent Madness, a unique Lenten practice created by an Episcopalian priest in Massachusetts. In 2010, Tim Schenck decided to play off the popular practice of creating brackets to predict the winner of the NCAA college basketball championship, a tradition called March Madness.  

In Lent Madness, saints, both ancient and modern, compete against each other for the coveted Golden Halo.  People read the Lent Madness blog and voted for their favorites. Charles' brother John, founder of the Methodist movement, was also a figure in the competition. 

Since Charles was known for his liturgical music, Lent Madness creators composed a silly song to honor his achievement...and you can even order a mug featuring Charles with the Golden Halo.  All in fun, folks. 

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Daily Digest - December 13, 2019

Bishop visits remote Congo; Alaska moves to become district; Grief at Christmas
Local Church
People in the village of Samba, Congo, line the streets to welcome East Congo Bishop Gabriel Yemba Unda, who spent 10 days in late September and early October visiting all seven districts in the remote East Congo Conference. It was the first time many United Methodists in the area had ever seen a bishop. Photo by Judith Osongo Yanga, UM News.

Bishop visits remote areas of Congo for first time

United Methodist Bishop Gabriel Yemba Unda explores ‘rural realities’ in the East Congo Conference.
General Church
The choir of Anchorage’s First Samoan United Methodist Church sings during the Service of Commissioning and Reading of Appointments at the 2019 annual conference held at Christ First United Methodist Church in Wasilla, Alaska. Photo courtesy of the Alaskan Conference.

Alaska moves to become ‘mission district’

A task force recommended the United Methodist presence in Alaska change from missionary conference status.