Daily Digest - August 4, 2020

"My people don't do email." — The Rev. Chris Calhoun, pastor of St. Mark United Methodist Church and West Green United Methodist Church in Douglas, Georgia.


Churches weigh options to reach seniors
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (UM News) — Some older United Methodists avoid social media, making it difficult to keep them connected with the church during the COVID-19 pandemic. Others have proven surprisingly adaptable to technology. Jim Patterson has the story.
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Africa University Development Office
AU benefactor Kent Weeks dies at 82

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Kent McCuskey Weeks, an attorney and educator who specialized in higher education law and governance, died July 30 at 82. Weeks crafted the legal blueprint and guided the creation of the legal entities that make up Africa University, a United Methodist university in Zimbabwe. He went on to serve as general counsel for the university for more than 20 years. Andra Stevens reports.
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Great Plains Conference
Joys and concerns of foreign-born clergy

TOPEKA, Kan. — Four foreign-born clergy from the Great Plains Conference shared their perspectives — and frustrations — in the second in a series of webinars titled "A Time to Listen." The conference's David Burke reports.
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South Carolina Conference
Pandemic doesn't stop church's tax help

PELZER, S.C. — Since February 2017, a corps of volunteers at Augusta Road United Methodist Church has helped residents complete their state and federal tax returns and file them online. Denise Morgan writes about how the church was able to continue the ministry amid the pandemic.
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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.

Dangerous combination: Virus, poverty, immigration
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (UM News) — It is imperative that the church inform and educate its membership with regard to the vulnerability of the immigrants within our communities, writes a United Methodist clergyman. Addressing the disproportionate number of Latino immigrants who are infected with COVID-19 is a matter of life and death, the Rev. David Maldonado writes.
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AU students skip meals to feed struggling families

Commentary: COVID-19 support for Asian American churches


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Daily Digest - September 25, 2020

New statistics provide snapshot of Korean United Methodists; Prayer in the midst of sorrow; Petition calls for action from ICE

Daily Digest - September 24, 2020

God things happening in Flint; Young elders near historic low; Louisville church opens for prayer vigils

Daily Digest - September 23, 2020

Is The United Methodist Church involved in politics?; Groundbreaking first step for Nigerian church radio; Outdoor services old hat for this church