Daily Digest - April 29, 2021

“It’s really cool to see an 85-year-old walk out all but hooting and hollering because they got their vaccine.”Jim Davis, director of outreach at Asbury United Methodist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


United Methodist Communications
Volunteers help make vaccinations happen

TULSA, Okla. — Congregations are stepping up to connect people in their communities — especially the elderly and those who struggle with language barriers and computer skills — with the assistance they need to get vaccinated. Jim Patterson reports.
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Missouri Conference
Bishop shares concerns over gun bill

ST. LOUIS — United Methodist Bishop Robert Farr joined Archbishop Mitchell Rozanski of the Catholic Church and other faith leaders April 28 to express opposition to Missouri House Bill 944. The bill would allow people to bring weapons into a church without the permission of the congregation’s leader. “I worry for our children. I worry for my colleagues in ministry, the laity in United Methodist churches and our brothers and sisters in Christ all across this country,” said Farr, who leads the denomination’s Missouri Conference. Fred Koenig reports.
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Watch press conference

North Texas Conference 
Historic Dallas-area church closes

FARMERS BRANCH, Texas — The oldest United Methodist church in Dallas County, Texas, held its final worship service on April 24. Webb Chapel United Methodist decided to close after 177 years because of dwindling resources and the challenges of the pandemic. Monica Frazier reports.
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Oklahoma Conference
Methodists in Oklahoma, Chile collaborate

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Conference and Methodist Church of Chile have been covenant partners since 2018, and this year they collaborated on Holy Week video devotionals. Tabitha Beckman reports on the effort.
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Presbyterian News Service
United Methodist treasurer moves to big role

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Ian J. Hall, the Indiana Conference’s finance director, has been named the chief financial officer and chief operating officer of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He will start his new role in June. Mike Ferguson reports. 
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Read Indiana Conference announcement


Greater New Jersey Conference
Native caucus calls out ‘damaging’ comments

NEPTUNE, N.J. — The Native American International Caucus has issued a statement in response to former Sen. Rick Santorum’s comments about Native American culture, calling his remarks “yet another inaccurate and divisive comment that reinforces how Native people are made invisible and blatantly attempts to erase our history.” 
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Read USA Today story

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.

Enduring racism, badgering, as a pastor 
SYLVANIA, Ohio (UM News) — Dr. Josephine Whitely-Fields, a retired pastor who has led churches in Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania, writes about how she persevered through encounters with racism at local church appointments. 
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Korean, Native faithful join to fight virus

Megachurch seeks exit over appointment strife


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