Daily Digest - December 2, 2021

“We continue to work vigorously to reach a settlement, but if we are unable to reach a settlement, the present plan will greatly impact United Methodist congregations and United Methodists as a whole."Bishop John Schol, on potential liability in the current Boy Scouts of America bankruptcy reorganization plan.


NEWS AND FEATURES

Churches told to oppose BSA bankruptcy plan

DOVER, Del. (UM News) — More than 9,000 United Methodist churches that sponsored Scouting troops have a say in the Boy Scouts of America’s sex abuse-related bankruptcy proceedings. United Methodist leaders are advising the churches to vote “no” on a proposed BSA bankruptcy reorganization plan. Sam Hodges reports.
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AU theology graduate returns to serve in East Congo
KINDU, Congo (UM News) — The East Congo Conference recently welcomed home the first student from the conference to graduate from Africa University in Zimbabwe. The new pastor is now providing English-language services. Judith Osongo has the story.
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South Carolina Conference
Restoring a bit of Methodist history

PICKENS COUNTY, S.C. — On a bright, cool day, descendants of Samuel Burdine joined with United Methodists and history lovers to dedicate and bless the Burdine Lodge. Bishop Francis Asbury used the one-room log cabin, built by Burdine in 1796, as a lodging place. The cabin also served as a meeting place for a Methodist Society that became a church. Allison Trussell reports.
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New England Conference
Pastor sees music as a tool for building community

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. — For Pastor Juhee Lee, a former professional musician, music is a tool that should be put into as many hands as possible. To do that, she started a music school at Haven United Methodist Church. At Haven Music School, Lee and volunteers she’s recruited from the community and nearby Brown University teach students of all ages piano, violin and hand chime bells for free. The conference has the story.
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Dakotas Conference
Relief kits collected for UMCOR

MITCHELL, S.D. — More than 2,800 relief kits were collected by United Methodists across the Dakotas and shipped to a distribution center in Illinois. Making the hygiene and school kits is an annual project in the conference. Doreen Gosmire reports.
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South Georgia Conference
Churchgoer named county’s teacher of the year

DONALSONVILLE, Ga. — Jessica Lawhorn, a special education teacher, believes teaching is her God-given gift. She recently was voted the 2021-2022 Seminole County Elementary School Teacher of the Year. In addition to teaching in a classroom, she also serves as a Sunday school teacher at Colquitt United Methodist Church. Kara Witherow has the story.  
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Religion and Race
Pastors reflect on impact of Native boarding schools

WASHINGTON — The latest episode of “GCORR Real Talk” looks at the troubling history of Native American boarding schools, churches’ roles in operating them and what the church can do now to bring about healing from those experiences. “Real Talk” is a series of conversations with community and faith leaders to discuss and uncover the disparities of race, ethnicity, age and socioeconomic status.
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