Daily Digest - January 18, 2022

NEWS AND FEATURES

Bishops, others denounce WCA’s vaccine plan

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UM News) — The Wesleyan Covenant Association announced plans to raise funds to ensure General Conference delegates in Africa, Eurasia and the Philippines have access to vaccines. However, bishops and other United Methodist leaders challenge the ethics of that plan. Heather Hahn reports.
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Read press release
Read central conference bishops’ statement (PDF)

Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Church hosts healing service after synagogue standoff 

SOUTHLAKE, Texas — White’s Chapel United Methodist Church hosted a Jan. 17 service of community healing put on by Congregation Beth Israel of nearby Colleyville, Texas. The synagogue was the scene of a hostage-taking two days earlier. All four hostages, including Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker, escaped. The abducting gunman was killed. Cytron-Walker spoke at the community healing service and right away thanked White’s Chapel for making its space available. James Hartley reports.
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Watch recorded service

California-Nevada Conference, World Council of Churches
Extending prayer, aid to Tonga after eruptions

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — United Methodists and other faith leaders are calling for prayer and aid for Tonga after a massive volcanic eruption and tsunami on Jan. 15 wreaked significant damage on the archipelago. About 35% of the population is part of the Free Wesleyan Church, and The United Methodist Church has several Tongan congregations.  
Read Bishop Minerva Carcaño’s statement 
Read Government of Tonga press release
Read World Council of Churches statement
   
The United Methodist Foundation of Western North Carolina 
Stained glass finds new life as churches merge

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The windows at Mouzon/Selwyn United Methodist Church have illuminated 80 years of baptisms, weddings, funerals and worship services. As the building comes down, these beautiful works of art will live on in a new United Methodist church formed by merging congregations.
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Advocate: Lakewood/East Dallas
Couple gets Eleanor Roosevelt award
 
DALLAS — The Rev. Bill Matthews and his wife of 67 years, Norma, have been given the Eleanor Roosevelt Lifetime Achievement Award by the Dallas chapter of the United Nations Association of the United States of America. The United Methodist couple was cited for work in ministry, education, communications, advocacy and international bridge building. Renee Umsted reports. 
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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.

Firebrand 
African Americans, the Bible and historical criticism

ATLANTA — Odell Horne Jr., a United Methodist and doctoral candidate at Evangelical Seminary in Pennsylvania, writes about what he sees as the problems of the Eurocentric approach to Scripture. He also argues that the work of Black biblical scholars as well as the African early church fathers can lead Christians to see the Bible in a new light. 
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RESOURCES

Wespath
Get insight into mental health issues
 
GLENVIEW, Ill. — Two virtual seminars on mental health first aid will be offered on March 10 and 24. The free events will be led by Chris White, a hostage and crisis negotiator and mental health trainer. 
Read press release and register

Foundation for Evangelism
Online session on local church grants

LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. — The Foundation for Evangelism will have an online session on applying for local church grants at 2 p.m. U.S. Eastern time Jan. 25. Registrants will receive a link to the recording so they can watch even if they cannot attend live.
To register


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