Daily Digest - January 14, 2020

"The spiritual gives hope. ... It makes me want to see what's at the top of the mountain." — Gospel singer J. Robert Bradley (1919-2007).


Music educator devoted to preserving spirituals
GALLATIN, Tenn. (UM News) — The lifelong goal of musician James W. Story has been to preserve African American spiritual music. He has produced two stage shows and now has an album of spirituals with contemporary arrangements. Jim Patterson has the story.
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Learn about The United Methodist Church's Africana Hymnal Project

Archived recording of protocol panel
TAMPA, Fla. (UM News) — The full recording is now available of the panel discussion with the people who developed the proposed Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation. This archived version of the video fixes transmission issues that interrupted parts of the livestream.
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Panel offers peek behind scenes of separation plan

As temperatures dip, Alaska churches open doors

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A network of churches in Anchorage is sheltering families and at-risk individuals from the overnight cold, alleviating some of the strain on the city's larger shelters. Tina Racy, a church member who volunteers for the shelter at St. John United Methodist Church, says many of those seeking shelter are not homeless by choice, rather by necessity. "Sometimes it's not a matter of a person having a home — it's just not safe for them to be in their home." Derek Minemyer reports.
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United Methodist Communications
Human Relations Day is Jan. 19

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — United Methodists around the connection will celebrate Human Relations Day this Sunday before the U.S. observance of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. Designated offerings on Human Relations Day, one of the denomination's Special Sundays, support ministries with the marginalized.
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UM News includes in the Daily Digest various commentaries about issues in the denomination. The opinion pieces reflect a variety of viewpoints and are the opinions of the writers, not the UM News staff.

Global Ministries
Paying tribute to 2 mission heroes

ATLANTA — Ten years ago, two staff members of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries were part of a group trapped when a building collapsed during the Haiti earthquake and later died of their injuries. Thomas Kemper, the mission agency's top executive, remembers the Revs. Sam Dixon and Clint Rabb as creative colleagues and close friends who "represented the human face of God's compassion and care."
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Church helps war-displaced families in East Congo

Summit leads United Methodists to heart of border woes


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Daily Digest - April 3, 2020

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Daily Digest - April 2, 2020

Filipino pastors fear for safety; Mississippi church property dispute settled; Caldwell still preaching after guilty plea

Daily Digest - April 1, 2020

Churches improvise as different Holy Week looms; AU shifts to online classes, but some remain on campus; Enforced COVID-19 isolation recalls days in prison