Daily Digest - April 21, 2021

“We need to be working more toward justice because today it’s George Floyd, but tomorrow it’s Daunte Wright, and tomorrow it’s all the others who have gone unnamed who we still have to fight for.”The Rev. Kevin R. Murriel, senior pastor of Cascade United Methodist Church in Atlanta. 


United Methodists react to Chauvin verdict
MINNEAPOLIS (UM News) — United Methodists across the connection joined the national response to the guilty verdict handed down April 20 in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd. While expressing the sense that the verdict was just, church leaders urged United Methodists to keep working toward dismantling widespread racism and systemic injustice against people of color. UM News staff reports. 
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Florida Conference
Church’s history receives state recognition
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Trinity United Methodist Church has a rich history of love, service and faithfulness dating back nearly 200 years. The church on April 21 dedicated an official state marker, honoring that history as Tallahassee’s first religious organization. Joe Henderson has the story of a church that started with 10 settlers — six white and four Black.
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Holston Conference
Church-basement staple boosts meal ministry
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Strawberry fluff salad won’t win any prizes for originality, but Annette Spence reports how the staple of church basements has become a staple of her church’s drive-thru meal ministry. She also has a recipe for the salad that sweetens the first fruits of spring.
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Former church now faith-based center, farm
DALLAS — Owenwood United Methodist Church became unsustainable a few years back. Now, as a satellite of Dallas’ White Rock United Methodist Church, Owenwood has repurposed into a faith-based community center and urban farm. A diaper ministry is part of the outreach. Byron Harris reports on the transition.
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A new Friday Digest
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UM News includes in the Daily Digest various commentaries about issues in the denomination. The opinion pieces reflect a variety of viewpoints and are the opinions of the writers, not the UM News staff.

A shattered windshield, a shattered worldview
SNOQUALMIE, Wash. (UM News) — As a white teacher at a historically Black college, Carol Morrison thought of herself as a minority. A dramatic incident taught her how mistaken she was. She writes about her experience for UM News’ “Personal Encounters with Racism” feature. 
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World Council of Churches
Webinar focuses on indigenous peoples
NEW YORK — The Rev. Chebon Kernell, who leads the United Methodist Native American Comprehensive Plan, and Marcus Briggs-Cloud, co-director of an ecovillage, will be among the speakers at an ecumenical webinar on indigenous peoples and the economy of life. The webinar is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. U.S. Eastern time April 22.
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Church partners with Mexican Consulate

Churches across theological spectrum exiting


Tuesday, April 27
Webinar: The Challenges and Importance of Cross-Cultural Conversations

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