Daily Digest - August 2, 2021

“I am thankful for this program, which has given hope for a brighter future for our children.” Anoziva Sisimayi, whose 3-year-old son received a goat through a partnership between the Western Pennsylvania and Zimbabwe East conferences. 


NEWS AND FEATURES

Goat-breeding program benefits vulnerable children

MUTARE, Zimbabwe (UM News) — Children as young as 3 have a brighter future as they benefit from an empowerment ministry funded by the Western Pennsylvania Conference. Launched in 2015, the goat-breeding program has benefited over 100 orphans and vulnerable children in Zimbabwe’s Mutare District. Eveline Chikwanah has the story.
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Discussing Christian nationalism — carefully
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UM News) — The Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol spurred a new Courageous Conversations resource from Discipleship Ministries. It is designed to help United Methodists talk about Christian nationalism while maintaining civility. Jim Patterson has the story.
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South Carolina Conference
United Methodist leads American Medical Association

GEORGETOWN, S.C. — Dr. Gerald E. Harmon, a family medicine physician, is the 176th president of the American Medical Association, the nation’s premier physician organization. He is a member of Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church. Jessica Brodie reports.
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The Call to Cook
Homemade dog treats: They’re gobble-worthy

PLAINFIELD, Ill. — The Rev. Sherry Steele of Plainfield United Methodist Church found a way to add an extra bit of love to her congregation’s blessing of the animals: homemade dog treats. Annette Spence has the story and recipe.
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The Newtown Bee
Music minister reflects on Order of Deacons

NEWTOWN, Conn. — The Rev. E. Susan Klein, minister of music for Newtown United Methodist Church, was one of six in the New York Conference’s inaugural class of deacons. She reflects on the United Methodist ministerial order, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Shannon Hicks has the story.
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Colorado Springs Gazette
At almost 105, man still loves church
 
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — At almost 105, Preston Holladay still loves to fish, watch old Western movies and go to worship. “I appreciate being able to go to church on a Sunday and being practically 105,” he said at a birthday potluck celebrated by his congregation, Pikes Peak United Methodist Church. Debbie Kelley reports. 
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RESOURCES

Day1
The Rev. Dalton Rushing to preach on ‘Day1’

DECATUR, Ga. — The Rev. Dalton Rushing, senior pastor of Decatur First United Methodist Church, will be the featured preacher Aug. 29 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace. The nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program is also accessible online at Day1.org and by podcast. 
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