Daily Digest - January 16, 2020

“Now is a wonderful time for United Methodist Christians to unite in prayer for fresh expressions of unusual kindness.”Bishop B. Michael Watson, ecumenical officer for the United Methodist Council of Bishops.


NEWS AND FEATURES

Christians should practice ‘unusual kindness’

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UM News) — The annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Jan. 18-25 this year, challenges Christians worldwide to offer kindness and hospitality to others. Jim Patterson has the story.
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Religion News Service
Federal ruling blocks anti-refugee order

BALTIMORE — A ruling by a federal judge in Maryland is blocking an executive order by President Trump allowing state and local officials to refuse refugee resettlements. The Rev. John L. McCullough, a United Methodist and president and CEO of Church World Service, hailed the ruling because it allows Christians to continue to live out their calling to welcome the stranger. Emily McFarlan Miller reports.
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South Carolina, Northern Illinois conferences
United Methodists honor MLK through service

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina Conference is sponsoring a Jan. 18-20 MLK Weekend Disaster Recovery effort, with volunteers set to do repairs for homeowners bouncing back from Hurricane Florence. Northbrook United Methodist in Northbrook, Illinois, is an example of a church doing community service projects to honor the memory of Martin Luther King Jr.
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Oklahoma Conference
Church goes extra mile for couple after fire

WILBURTON, Okla. — After a fire destroyed their home on Saturday, Billy and Lisa Sparks went to their church on Sunday, unsure of their next steps. Wilburton United Methodist Church that day voted to let the couple, and their dog, live in the parsonage until their home was restored. 
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COMMENTARIES
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.

United Methodist Communications
Human Relations Day helps man’s recovery

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Lost, imprisoned and unsure what to do next, Demetrius Kelly entered a rehabilitation program supported in part by The United Methodist Church’s Human Relations Day special offering. Kelly writes about his experience with the United Methodist Hoover Treatment Center.
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