Daily Digest - February 10, 2020

“Church of the Reconciler is creating a path for churches to address the waste and serve vulnerable populations at the same time."The Rev. Jenny Phillips of Global Ministries on a recycling project at a Birmingham, Alabama, church. 


Global Ministries

Seeking new life using discarded plastics
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Last year, the Rev. Adam Burns, a United Methodist deacon, had a lightbulb moment: Why not unite the denomination's EarthKeepers program and its desire for climate justice with the marginalized community he serves? Now, the recycling project organized by Church of the Reconciler is making an impact. Christie R. House has the story.
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Church honors chaplains killed in WWII

MEDINA, Ohio — The Rev. George L. Fox, a Methodist minister from Vermont, was among four military chaplains honored during a Feb. 5 service at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church for their sacrifice during a tragic World War II naval attack. When a German submarine torpedoed the USAT Dorchester and it began to sink, the chaplains tried to calm the men and organize the evacuation. When supplies of life jackets ran out, the men gave their jackets to others and went down with the ship. Mary Jane Brewer reports.
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‘Losing our children, and for what?’

INDIANAPOLIS — Faith leaders across the city came together on Feb. 9 to bring one question to their congregations: How are we going to address the violence plaguing Indianapolis? The discussion, at churches such as Barnes United Methodist, followed a Feb. 5 shooting that killed four people on the city's northeast side. Sierra Hignite reports.
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Kentucky Conference
WCA holds informational meetings

LEXINGTON, Ky. — About 400 people attended Feb. 6 meetings of the Wesleyan Covenant Association to hear about the traditionalist organization and also details about a recently announced proposed plan of separation. Cathy Bruce and Alan Wild have the story. 
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Virginia Conference
Conference health care: Lifesaving benefit

GLEN ALLEN, Va. — The Rev. Doug Gestwick, a pastor diagnosed with three unrelated stage IV cancers, talks about the difference the Virginia Conference’s health benefits staff has made for him and his family. “I’m alive today because of the plans they’ve put together,” he said. Nick Ruxton produced this video.
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Higher Education Foundation
Application deadline is March 1 for scholarships

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — United Methodist students attending colleges and universities affiliated with the denomination are eligible for up to $4,000 in scholarships from the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation. The deadline to apply is March 1.
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Conferences to vote on forwarding protocol legislation

Church helps train marginalized women, youth


March 7-10 and March 27-30 

Churches Planting Churches training summits 

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