Daily Digest - January 19, 2023

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“One of the most important things a church can do is help young people live out their faith in practical ways.”Samwel Birya, youth president, Tazama Christ United Methodist Church.

NEWS AND FEATURES

Kenyan youth put faith into action

MOMBASA COUNTY, Kenya (UM News) — Youth at Tazama Christ United Methodist Church are living out their faith through community service projects. The church’s youth program provides employment opportunities and mentoring in communities prone to drug and substance abuse. Gad Maiga reports. 
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United Methodist Communications 
Pilgrimage: A path to getting unstuck

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Pilgrimages are not vacations, and pilgrims are not tourists. Rather, these holy treks have the power to change lives. The Revs. Steven Manskar and Chris Heckert discuss their roles as both pilgrimage leaders and pilgrims on the latest episode of “Get Your Spirit in Shape.” 
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South Carolina Conference
Missionary helps at historic Gulfside Assembly

WAVELAND, Miss. — One South Carolinian is using her gifts to help a century-old United Methodist retreat in Mississippi survive, thrive and continue to meet the ever-shifting needs of the low-income community around it. Althea Belton is serving Gulfside Assembly as a commissioned missionary of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries. This year, the retreat center will mark its centennial. Jessica Brodie has the story.
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PRESS RELEASES

United Methodist Rural Advocates
Webinar for rural church innovation

LEWISTOWN, Ohio — Four examples of creative ministries in rural areas will be presented during a webinar beginning at 11 a.m. Eastern time Feb. 11 by United Methodist Rural Advocates, which supports rural ministries. Ministries to give students backpacks, feed the homeless, provide free clothing and meet hygiene and household needs will be presented.
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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 UM News staff.

Slave or free, disaffiliate or stay UMC?
LEBANON, Ill. (UM News) — God loves everyone, and no one should disaffiliate from The United Methodist Church just because they are uncomfortable with those who are different, writes the Rev. Dr. Beverly L. Wilkes-Null. 
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Upper New York Conference
Evidence of clergy’s declining wellness

LIVERPOOL, N.Y. — The Upper New York Conference recently sent a survey to assess clergy wellness. The Rev. Drew Sperry, a member of the conference team behind the survey, reflected on his own need for spiritual replenishment and how his needs match the needs of clergy across the country.
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