Daily Digest - August 21, 2019

"What they did was legal. It may not be ethical or moral, but it's legal." The Rev. James Savage about the sudden bankruptcy filing of Blackjewel mining company and the company's failure to pay miners for work already done.


Churches help Kentucky miners
HARLAN, Ky.(UM News) — United Methodists in the Kentucky area are helping miners who were abruptly fired when Blackjewel LLC, one of the largest mining companies in the U.S, went into bankruptcy. Miners received no pay for work already done, and their previous paychecks also bounced. Jim Patterson reports.
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Ebola spreads to area with strong United Methodist ties
BUKAVU, Congo (UM News) — Ebola has been confirmed in South Kivu, home to three United Methodist districts. This is the third province to be affected by the deadly virus since the outbreak that has killed more than 1,800 people began a little more than a year ago in Congo. Philippe Kituka Lolonga and Pierre Omadjela have the story.
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The Dallas Morning News
From street life to seminary professor

DALLAS — The Rev. Harold Recinos overcame homelessness and heroin addiction to become a United Methodist elder and professor at Southern Methodist University's Perkins School of Theology. He's also a published poet and martial arts expert, and at age 64 isn't slowing up. Bruce Tomaso has an interview with Recinos.
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Board of Global Ministries
Growing programs for healthy kids in Brazil

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil — Vinicius Guimarães dos Santos started attending the Shade and Fresh Water after-school program at a Methodist community center when he was 6. Now, the 23-year-old is an educator with Shade and Fresh Water and involved in expanding services to youth ages 15-18. Christie R. House has the story.
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Greater New Jersey Conference
Church focuses on a city in transition

TRENTON, N.J. — As its name suggests, Turning Point United Methodist Church is becoming a strong force in its community. Recently, the church hosted the screening of "Two Trentons – An American Discussion," which chronicles the story of this city in transition. Heather Mistretta reports.
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Gay daughter sent bishop back to Scriptures
WINFIELD, Kan. (UM News) — The co-author of the popular Disciple Bible Study writes about how learning his daughter is gay led him to examine Scriptures about homosexuality more closely. Bishop Richard Wilke details his more in-depth examination of the Scriptures that address the issue of homosexuality.
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Bishops, agency respond to GC2019 vote probe

Filipino church connects with indigenous peoples


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