Daily Digest - February 8, 2018

"The thing that made the most difference was when I looked up and saw his face, just the kindness and Christian compassion really touched me and encouraged me.” — Col. Timothy Mallard said of the help he received from Capt. Doug Waite after 9/11. 

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Chaplains reunited on PBS special 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — In the midst of overwhelming grief, a Navy chaplain helped a young Army chaplain during one of the darkest hours of his life four days after the 9/11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon. The reunion of the United Methodist Navy chaplain and the Army chaplain is featured on a PBS special airing Feb. 13. Kathy L. Gilbert reports. 
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Volunteers offer free haircuts to Native families

CLINTON, Okla. (UMNS) — With a snip and smile, Native children were able to start 2018 with a new look and a lot of confidence thanks to free haircuts offered by volunteers from Brock, Texas. Ginny Underwood has the story.
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South Carolina Conference 
United Methodist studying religion and Olympics

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — A United Methodist college student from South Carolina is in South Korea researching what effect Christian outreach has on the 2018 Winter Olympics. Jessica Brodie reports.
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Endow F-TECC
International giving exceeds expectations

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A recent pledge of $100,000 from Connexio, the Network for Mission and Diaconia of The United Methodist Church in Switzerland and France, added to the growing number of gifts that the Endowment Fund for Theological Education in the Central Conferences has received from around the world. The combined total from international donors is $330,000, nearly 15 percent of the total Endowment Fund financial commitments to date of $2.6 million.
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Discipleship Ministries 
Lent worship series includes study, podcast

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The new Lent worship resources produced by Discipleship Ministries include complete services, presentation graphics, a companion small-group study, a podcast series and sermon helps around the theme, "Rehab."
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Church should do more to fight racism

ASBURY PARK, N.J. (UMNS) — The Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell writes that fairness should motivate The United Methodist Church to do more to fight racism in the church and the world. Caldwell writes about the effort of a group of fifth-graders to right a wrong that occurred in 1957. That’s when Caldwell and his wife were turned away from a lodge in the Poconos on their honeymoon because of their race. 
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Black Archives Matter campaign catches on

Ask the UMC: First African-American bishop



Here are some of the activities ahead for United Methodists across the connection. If you have a United Methodist event to share, you can add it to the calendar with this submission form.

Monday, Feb. 19-Friday, March 2

Online class: Tactile Prayer — The History, Theology and Practice of Prayer Beads

Monday, Feb. 19-Friday, March 23

Online class: "Fallible Followers  — The Disciples in Mark, and Us"

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