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 - August 23, 2019

Filipino United Methodists condemn latest violence; Church rises from ashes of 2016 wildfire; Bishop tours struggling Illinois farms
Social Concerns
Norma P. Dollaga, a United Methodist deaconess, joined other religious groups during an Aug. 20, 2019, protest decrying the killings and violence on Negros Island. Filipino United Methodists have strongly condemned the bloodshed. Photo courtesy of Tetang Dollaga, UM News.

Filipino United Methodists condemn latest violence

State terrorism prevails on Negros Island, the Philippines Board of Church and Society said in condemning the latest killings.
Social Concerns
Anti-extradition demonstrators march to call for democratic reforms, in Hong Kong, China, July 21, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu.

As Hong Kong protests continue, so do prayers

Methodist resident says Christians reach out to both protesters and the government in a spirit of prayer.