Daily Digest - August 12, 2020

"Many still don't believe that the coronavirus exists. All over the major cities, people can be seen not adhering to social distancing guidelines, not using masks and not wearing gloves or sanitizing their hands." — Elisha Friday Ishaya, an Africa University graduate who is working as a nurse at a COVID-19 care center in Nigeria.


AU health care grads on COVID-19 front lines
KEFFI, Nigeria (UM News) — When Elisha Friday Ishaya, Allen S.D. Zomonway and Elalie Tshipeng Kambaj graduated from Africa University, they were excited about providing the best health care possible. Then COVID-19 hit. Barbara Dunlap-Berg reports.
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North Georgia Conference
Churchgoers help stranded college students

ATLANTA — When the spread of COVID-19 forced colleges to close campus housing, many out-of-state and international students at the Georgia Institute of Technology found themselves unable to return to their families due to finances or travel restrictions. Thankfully, United Methodists on the school staff knew to direct them to the Students' Temporary Assistance and Resources program, run by a United Methodist pastor. Rebecca Wallace reports.
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Times Record News
Church hands out 'Pray for Our Schools' signs

WICHITA FALLS, Texas — As schools reopen amid the uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic, First United Methodist Church of Wichita Falls is distributing "Pray for Our Schools" yard signs. "Prayer is important, and prayer changes things, so that's why we're doing it," said the Rev. Georgia Harrison, the church's education pastor.
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United Methodist Communications
Communications agency turns 80

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — This year, United Methodist Communications celebrates 80 years of communication ministry. The denomination's Commission on Public Information opened its doors in 1940 with a focus on telling the church's story in newspapers, magazines, radio and theater newsreels. Technology has changed, but the mission continues. Diane Degnan has the story.
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Iowa Conference
Young adults discuss racial issues

DES MOINES, Iowa — Two young United Methodists gathered with Bishop Laurie Haller recently to discuss racial issues in a taped conversation. Madeline St. Clair and Grace Kiboko reflected on their faith and racial justice and shared their dreams for the church.
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Higher Education and Ministry
Agency reorganizes, looks to increase revenue

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The agency tasked with leadership formation for the church announced a restructuring to increase revenue and be "nimble and more sustainable." The United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry will have two veteran staffers and one newcomer oversee three primary areas of focus: constituent relations, product innovation and administrative services.
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Ask The UMC: What does 'peace' mean in the Bible?

Meharry faces off with COVID-19


Wednesday, Aug. 19

Town Hall: Seasoned leaders discuss dismantling racism

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Daily Digest - September 25, 2020

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Daily Digest - September 24, 2020

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Daily Digest - September 23, 2020

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