Daily Digest - February 7, 2018

Photo courtesy of the Liberia Annual Conference


Ask the UMC: First African-American bishop

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (InfoServ) — The first African-American bishop served as a missionary bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Liberia in 1858. He also was the youngest person elected bishop. InfoServ, a ministry of United Methodist Communications, shares more historical fun facts in the latest installment of Ask the UMC.
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Marshall News Messenger
Denzel Washington renews gift to Wiley College

MARSHALL, Texas — Two-time Academy Award winner Denzel Washington pledged to renew a $1 million gift to the debate program at United Methodist-related Wiley College, one of the denomination’s historically black colleges. Washington directed the 2007 film, “The Great Debaters,” about Wiley’s debate team.
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South Georgia Conference
Youth orchestra bolsters confidence, learning

COLUMBUS, Ga. — For 10 years, Open Door Community House director Kim Jenkins had prayed for the means to begin a music program. In the fall of 2016, that decade-long prayer was answered when a local music store donated 67 used band instruments, and a music teacher friend offered to provide lessons. In January 2017, the Youth in Unison children’s orchestra was launched. Kara Witherow reports.
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Holston Conference
Church helps preserve historic slave cemetery

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Community members joined with Hurst United Methodist Church recently to clean up a historic cemetery for slaves and their families in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Beck Knob Cemetery was founded by Joshua Beck, a staunch abolitionist. Sherryl Appleberry reports.
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Desert Southwest Conference
Dream comes true with opening of legal clinic

TUCSON, Ariz. — The United Methodist Desert Southwest Conference celebrated the answer to a long-held dream with the opening of a Justice for Our Neighbors legal clinic at New Hope United Methodist Church on Feb. 1. Billie K. Fidlin, director of outreach for the conference, writes about the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
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The mystery of loving others

WASHINGTON (UMNS) — The Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe, chief executive of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society, believes that God made us to seek companionship, and developing relationships often means looking past differences to form a bond. “The mystery of loving others increases our love for God,” she writes. Henry-Crowe’s commentary is part of “Many Voices, One Faith,” a forum for sharing theological perspectives on topics of interest in the church.
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United Methodist Forum: Many Voices, One Faith



'A Methodist Requiem' offers analysis, hope

New scholarships to help children in rural Liberia



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Online Lenten Study: 40 Days with Wesley

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