Daily Digest - February 22, 2021

“I am asking for prayers for our faithful who are in the bush, without food, without medicine, and whose homes have been looted.”The Rev. M. Sachou, a United Methodist missionary assigned to the Central African Republic, on insecurity in the region.


Church helps displaced in Central African Republic

BANGUI, Central African Republic (UM News) — As post-election violence continues to rage, United Methodists are offering shelter and other humanitarian aid to people seeking refuge from armed rebels. Chadrack Tambwe Londe and Isaac Broune report.
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Texas Conference
Texas church rallies after broken pipes, flooding 

FRIENDSWOOD, Texas — Many churches across Texas are dealing with broken pipes and flooding from freezing temperatures last week. Lindsay Peyton reports on members’ quick actions to minimize the damage at Friendswood United Methodist Church, near Houston.
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Churches serve as warming centers, shelters

Global Ministries
UMCOR responding to winter storm

ATLANTA — The United Methodist Committee on Relief has worked with conference disaster relief coordinators to provide immediate funding and long-term support since the winter storm led to power outages and burst pipes across Texas and other southern states. People can support recovery efforts by giving to UMCOR’s U.S. Disaster Response and Recovery Advance #901670.
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Northwest Florida Daily News
The Rev. Thomas Butts, civil rights veteran, dies

MONROEVILLE, Ala. — The Rev. Thomas Lane Butts Jr., an outspoken pastor who championed desegregation during the civil rights movement, died Feb. 15 at 90. Butts served United Methodist congregations in Florida and Alabama, including serving as pastor to famed novelist Harper Lee and her sister, Alice Lee, a pioneering lawyer. Kevin Robinson has an obituary.
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Black clergy united for housing project

DALLAS — In connection with the PBS documentary “The Black Church,” public broadcasting station KERA interviewed the Rev. Zan Wesley Holmes Jr., a longtime United Methodist pastor, seminary professor and political figure in Dallas. He led an ecumenical coalition of Black clergy in building a major housing project called Unity Estates.
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‘Black Church’ film taps United Methodist sources

National Justice for Our Neighbors
Torture victim wins asylum

ANNANDALE, Va. — Northern Illinois Justice for Our Neighbors, a United Methodist immigration ministry, recently won an asylum case for an African man of the Fulani ethnic minority. He was kicked off his ancestral land and tortured before making his escape to the U.S., where lawyers for the group helped him secure a future.
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West Ohio Conference
Clinic on digital discipleship in March

WORTHINGTON, Ohio — Insights on doing effective ministry and discipleship on social media will be offered during Bishop Gregory Palmer’s March 4 leadership clinic. Palmer’s guest will be author Nona Jones. Cost for the webinar is $20 for people inside the West Ohio Conference and $40 for others. 
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Higher Education Foundation
Deadline nears for scholarship applications

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Applications for scholarships from the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation are due March 1. Applicants must be United Methodist members and planning to attend a United Methodist-related school full time for the 2021-22 academic year. 
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Book revisits pastor’s reticence on civil rights

A virtual General Conference faces hurdles


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