Daily Digest - February 25, 2021

“When we became aware of the need for a further postponement, we knew that some action needed to be taken in order to free the church to operate and continue to fulfill its current mission until we could gather in person.”Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey, in a statement from the Council of Bishops calling for a special session of General Conference to be held in May. 


NEWS AND FEATURES

General Conference postponed until 2022

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UM News) — General Conference organizers announced that the denomination’s top lawmaking assembly — long postponed by pandemic — must wait to meet another year. The global gathering is now scheduled for Aug. 29-Sept. 6, 2022, in Minneapolis. At the same time, the Council of Bishops has announced a special one-day General Conference on May 8 to deal with a limited agenda. Heather Hahn reports.
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Discipleship’s top executive dies of cancer
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UM News) — The Rev. Junius B. Dotson, the top executive of Discipleship Ministries, died late Feb. 24, less than a month after announcing his battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 55. Heather Hahn has an obituary.
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Alabama-West Florida Conference
Church key to mass vaccination site

OPELIKA, Ala. — After working on tornado recovery, Auburn United Methodist Church staff and members have moved onto another task. They are volunteering at a mass COVID-19 vaccination site. Kari Barlow has the story. 
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Global Ministries
Global Ministries helps hurricane survivors 

ATLANTA — The 2020 hurricane season produced 13 hurricanes and 30 named storms, many of them battering Central America. The United Methodist Committee on Relief helped with a series of emergency grants. Christie R. House has the story.
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Caring for vulnerable migrants as they cross Central America

Dayton Daily News
Artist paints mural from fond church memories

DAYTON, Ohio — Shirley Tucker used her passion for creative expression and serving youth to create a painting for the church in which she was raised. Tucker and youth from a county juvenile court program painted a mural at Dixon United Methodist Church. India Duke has the story. 
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RESOURCES

Epworth League
Applications open for discipleship program
 
SULLIVAN, Wis. — Epworth League, a young adult ministry, plans to have a Discipleship Intensive program from May 29 to Aug. 22 on its farm in southeast Wisconsin. Participants will live in community and join in Bible studies, small groups and outreach. The ministry has funds to cover the costs for 10 young adults ages 18-25.
To learn more and apply


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