Daily Digest - February 15, 2019

“When we are making disciples for Jesus Christ, we have children and adults who are talented in arts and music and we have to invest in the talents which they have. We have to make sure our church retains these talents, as music is the backbone of evangelism.”The Rev. Vienna Mutezo, Zimbabwe West Conference.


NEWS AND FEATURES

Instruments for evangelism

MUTOKO, Zimbabwe (UMNS) — The Zimbabwe Episcopal Area is teaching church members to play new musical instruments and hone their talents. The goal is to enrich worship services and attract new members, especially young people. Eveline Chikwanah has the story.
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Baltimore-Washington Conference
MLK's driver had front seat to history

GAITHERSBURG, Md. — As the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s driver for two years, Freddie A. Brown Sr. once saved the life of the civil rights leader. The resident of Asbury Methodist Village also helped to get 1,800 African-American students educated by The National Institutes of Health. Erik Alsgaard has his story.
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PRESS RELEASES

Wespath Benefits and Investments
Grant aims to boost clergy financial literacy

GLENVIEW, Ill. — Wespath Benefits and Investments, the United Methodist pension agency, has received a $1 million grant as part of the Lilly Endowment’s initiative to address pastors’ economic challenges. 
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Eastern Pennsylvania Conference
Seminary to continue educating United Methodist clergy

ST. DAVIDS, Pa. — Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University was approved by the University Senate of The United Methodist Church as a non-Methodist seminary for the training of United Methodist candidates for ordination, announced David Bronkema, dean of the seminary.
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RESOURCES 

United Methodist Communications
Ways to follow what’s happening at GC2019

ST. LOUIS (UMC.org) — United Methodist Communications will be livestreaming proceedings at the special General Conference in English, French and American Sign Language. The stream at umc.org/live will include all open sessions when the lawmaking assembly meets Feb. 23-26. Visual learners also can view a chart that offers an overview of four main plans under consideration. 
Watch the livestream
See chart on plans heading to GC2019
More resources on GC2019


COMMENTARIES
United Methodist News Service includes in the Daily Digest various commentaries about the plans for the future of the church and other issues in the denomination. The commentaries reflect a variety of viewpoints and are the opinions of the writers, not the UMNS staff.

Grateful for gifts of LGBTQ in church 
REDONDO BEACH, Calif. (UMNS) —The Rev. Molly Vetter says that throughout her life, she has been blessed by the gifts of mentors and colleagues in ministry who are LGBTQ.
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