Daily Digest - December 19, 2019


2019: Remembering church newsmakers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UM News) — United Methodists this year marked the passing of a revered hymn composer, a beloved Zimbabwean lay leader and a man who used his funeral to bless his community. Heather Hahn shares 29 remembrances of notable church members. 
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Delegates offer proposal for church unity
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UM News) — United Methodist leaders from Africa, Europe and the Philippines are offering a “Christmas Covenant” for unity and inviting others to sign on. Heather Hahn reports. 
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Texas church votes to leave denomination
KATY, Texas (UM News) — The congregation of Grace Fellowship United Methodist Church voted Dec. 15, by a 96% margin, to leave The United Methodist Church. Actual departure could take months. The 2,800-member Houston-area church plans to join the Free Methodist Church denomination. Sam Hodges reports.
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Collecting gifts for foster children
HARARE, Zimbabwe (UM News) — The Harare East District has enlisted the help of young church members to put smiles on the faces of underprivileged kids this Christmas season. Priscilla Muzerengwa has the story.
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No Daily Digest Dec. 20-Jan. 1
There will be no Daily Digest from Dec. 20 to Jan. 1. The staff at UM News wishes everyone a merry Christmas and happy new year. 


Higher Education and Ministry
Agreement facilitates Spanish editions of books

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry has launched a new partnership to bring Spanish-language editions of its publishing titles to six Latin American countries. The agreement begins with one book and, ideally, will expand over time, the agency announced.
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‘Day 1’ to feature the Rev. Olu Brown

ATLANTA — The Rev. Olu Brown, lead pastor of Impact Church, a United Methodist congregation, will be the featured preacher Jan. 12 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace. The nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program also is accessible online at Day1.org and by podcast. 
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Special General Conference tops the news in 2019

UMCOR aids indigenous earthquake survivors


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