Daily Digest - December 1, 2021

"When I heard about the Inua (Partners in Hope) program, I left my home and walked (more than four miles) in search of the center. Today, I have received all the needed baking tools to start a cake shop." — Solphine Nanjala, after graduating from the United Methodist vocational program in Kenya.



NEWS AND FEATURES

Kenyan orphans find hope in vocational education
NAIVASHA, Kenya (UM News) — Inua Partners in Hope celebrated the graduation of 158 orphans from its vocational education program, bringing the number of alumni to nearly 900. The hands-on United Methodist ministry teaches vulnerable young people job skills, such as carpentry, dressmaking and welding, and offers biblical counseling and mentoring. Gad Maiga has the story.
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Michigan Conference
Sharing in grief after school shooting

OXFORD, Mich. — The day after a Nov. 30 shooting at Oxford High School that left four dead and seven injured, Oxford United Methodist Church hosted an open-door prayer and meditation time to offer comfort and support to the community. In a statement, Michigan Conference Bishop David Bard said, "We must never allow ourselves to grow numb to the tragic consequences of gun violence in our society. Let us pray from our broken hearts." Kay DeMoss reports.
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Read bishop's statement

United Methodist Communications
Giving, gratitude and generosity

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Linda Bruner is a cradle United Methodist, raised in the church as a preacher's kid. Today, she leads connectional giving and marketing for United Methodist Communications. In the latest episode of the "Get Your Spirit in Shape" podcast, Bruner talks about what generosity means to her and why being part of a local congregation is key to her faith journey.
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PRESS RELEASES

Dakota Wesleyan University
Children's book honors George McGovern

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The late U.S. Sen. George McGovern is perhaps best known as the Democratic presidential nominee in 1972. Fellow United Methodists remember McGovern — a preacher's kid — for his faith and fight against hunger and poverty. McGovern is now the subject of a children's biography, "George McGovern: South Dakota's Legendary Legislator," by Sarah Nearman Herbert.
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UM News: United Methodists salute McGovern's legacy

Correction: United among Lilly grantees
INDIANAPOLIS — United Theological Seminary is among the United Methodist seminaries getting a $1 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. UM News regrets that a Nov. 30 Digest item failed to mention United as a grantee.
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COMMENTARIES

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.

Lewis Center for Church Leadership
Simple guidance for preachers on Christmas Eve

LAKELAND, Fla. — As pastors and congregations prepare to receive guests on Christmas Eve, Bishop Kenneth H. Carter offers some heartfelt advice. His first suggestion: Keep the sermon brief but grace-filled. Carter leads the Florida and Western North Carolina conferences.
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RESOURCES

Global AIDS Committee, Mountain Sky Conference
Online service set for World AIDS Sunday

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, AIDS and HIV remain global threats. To continue to raise awareness and support AIDS orphans, United Methodists plan to hold a virtual worship service for World AIDS Sunday at 8 p.m. U.S. Eastern time Dec. 5 on the Mountain Sky Conference Facebook page. The theme for the international service will be "Where Love Thrives." The Center for Health and Hope, United Methodist Global AIDS Committee and the Mountain Sky Conference are among the organizers.
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