Daily Digest - August 11, 2020


Ask The UMC
What does 'peace' mean in the Bible?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Hebrew word "shalom" is translated as "peace." In the Bible, shalom does not mean feeling calm or without conflict, but rather it is the result of right relationships with God, one another and creation, writes Ask The UMC, a ministry of United Methodist Communications.
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Women clergy extend hand to patients, prisoners
KARIM LAMIDO, Nigeria (UM News) — United Methodist clergywomen brought a message of hope to patients and prison inmates during a recent outreach trip. The group distributed gifts and witnessed the challenges that clinics and prisons are facing, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ramson Danjuma has the story.
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Arkansas Conference
Welcoming cross-racial appointments

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — The Rev. Andreá Cummings wants to be treated the same as any other pastor moving into a new appointment. She is the first Black clergy member appointed to First United Methodist Church in this city known for being the headquarters of Walmart. Caleb Hennington writes about how congregations can welcome cross-racial appointments.
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United Methodist Communications
Seminary dean discusses racial justice

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Leah Gunning Francis, author and dean of the faculty at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, bases her anti-racism work on the concept of imago dei — that all beings are created in the image of God. In the latest episode of the "Get Your Spirit in Shape" podcast, she and the Rev. Joe Iovino discuss where The United Methodist Church is already at work in the area of racial justice and what more needs to be done.
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The New York Times
Mexican American writer, activist remembered

SAN ANTONIO — The remarkable life of Jovita Idár, an early 20th century Mexican American journalist and activist — and a Methodist — is the subject of a retrospective feature obituary by Jennifer Medina of The New York Times.
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North Carolina Conference
Community, communion and COVID-19

DURHAM, N.C. — North Carolina Conference's Bishop Hope Morgan Ward and faculty from Duke Divinity School will have a discussion online at 1 p.m. Eastern time Aug. 12 on the topic of Wesleyan community, worship and communion in this season of pandemic. Professors Edgardo Colón-Emeric, Sangwoo Kim, Lester Ruth, J. Warren Smith and Laceye Warner will participate.
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Seeing removal of statues as 'doing no harm'

Pandemic challenges music ministers, choirs


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