Daily Digest - February 24, 2021

NEWS AND FEATURES

Church's future again a hot topic
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UM News) — The future of The United Methodist Church has lately been the subject of a flurry of statements and opinion pieces from groups and individuals. They come as the denomination awaits a decision on whether the 2021 General Conference can happen, given the ongoing pandemic. Sam Hodges reports.
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Cyclone survivors receive new houses
MUTARE, Zimbabwe (UM News) — Nearly two years ago, Cyclone Idai left catastrophic damage and a humanitarian crisis in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi. Now, four families in Zimbabwe have moved into new houses built through a rehabilitation program sponsored by the Baltimore-Washington Conference. Chenayi Kumuterera and Priscilla Muzerengwa have the story.
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After the cyclone, faith abides

South Carolina Conference
Mourning closure of World Methodist Museum

LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. — History lovers in South Carolina and beyond are mourning the announced closure of the World Methodist Museum on the campus of the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center. The museum, part of the World Methodist Council, has significant artifacts from the early days of Methodism. Jessica Brodie has the story.
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Read museum's announcement

Kentucky Conference
Conference warms church in Serbia
CRESTWOOD, Ky. — The close relationship between the Kentucky Conference and The United Methodist Church's congregations in Serbia is warming hearts — and everything else. Alan Wild reports how the conference helped heat a United Methodist church in Serbia.
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Supplies stockpiled for immigrants

SANTA PAULA, Calif. — Shoes and clothing are being stored near the Mexican border to be distributed to asylum seekers headed to the U.S. after the "Remain in Mexico" program ended. The Rev. Joel Hortiales, director of Hispanic/Latino Ministry and Border Concerns in the California-Pacific Conference, has been helping immigrants for nearly a decade. Catalina Villegas reports.
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Correction
The Methodist Episcopal Church formed at the Christmas Conference in 1784. An item in the Feb. 23 Digest had the wrong year. UM News regrets the error.

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