Daily Digest - January 10, 2018

"All I needed to do was mention this to my colleagues and they said, `Let’s get together and talk about it, because we want to be part of it, too.'" — Timothy Binkley on how his Black Archives Matter effort spread at Southern Methodist University.

The Rev. W. T. Handy, preaching in the 1950s. He later was elected one of the early African-American bishops in The United Methodist Church’s South Central Jurisdiction, and he’s among three African-American episcopal leaders featured in an exhibit at Perkins School of Theology’s Bridwell Library.
Photo courtesy of Bridwell Library



'Black Archives Matter' campaign catches on 

DALLAS (UMNS) — Timothy Binkley started a Black Archives Matter campaign for Bridwell Library at Perkins School of Theology. His effort to highlight and expand African-American holdings has spread to other libraries at Southern Methodist University and taken the name Black Archives Matter at SMU. Sam Hodges reports.
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Kentucky Conference
Bed or breakfast, and Bible

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Wesley United Methodist Church isn’t unusual in featuring a Saturday morning Bible study. But its reach is far from usual: People in Texas, Wisconsin, Maryland and other areas distant from Lexington, participate via Facebook Live. Alan Wild has the story on using the “Disciple Fast Track” Bible study in the social media age. 
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South Georgia Conference
Conference partners with Asbury

MACON, Ga. — The South Georgia Conference’s new partnership with Asbury Theological Seminary lets students have a full-time job and pursue theological education. Students take classes online and spend three days together at a church campus in Brunswick, Georgia, and another three at Asbury’s Orlando campus. Kara Witherow reports.
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Council of Bishops 
Young adult scholarships for unity, ecumenical events

WASHINGTON — The Council of Bishops is offering scholarships for young adults (ages 21-35) to attend the 2018 United Methodist Ecumenical and Interreligious Training and the National Workshop on Christian Unity in April. 
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Higher Education and Ministry
New scholarship fund for deacons

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry announced the newest addition to its more than 70 scholarship funds. The Rubie Plant Butterworth Scholarship Fund will assist individuals attending one of the 13 United Methodist seminaries and pursuing ordination as a deacon. 
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To apply for scholarships and loans 



United Methodist Communications
Human Relations Day is this Sunday

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Human Relations Day calls United Methodists to recognize the right of all God’s children in realizing their potential. There’s still time to download resources, including sermon starters and talking points, to help jumpstart your celebration on this Special Sunday. 
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Way Forward Commission tops 2017 news stories

Church, Congolese partner on maternal health



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.

Sunday, Jan. 14

Human Relations Sunday

Monday, Jan. 15

Online class: Methodist Identity



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