Daily Digest - January 22, 2019

“Often, our political voice is silenced. We’re here to let people know that we still exist.”The Rev. Bryan Tener, Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference. 


NEWS AND FEATURES

Raising indigenous voices through DC march

WASHINGTON (UMNS) — Members of the United Methodist Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference were among those chanting and drumming as they walked down Constitution Avenue with pots of burning sage and cedar, part of the first-ever Indigenous Peoples March. Erik Alsgaard reports.
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Viral video draws disapproval from Oklahoma religious leaders
Differing narratives after standoff between Native elder, student

38 United Methodists serve in 116th Congress
WASHINGTON (UMNS) — United Methodists comprise the fourth-largest religious group in the new U.S. Congress, which has fewer Christians and slightly more religious diversity. Albert J. Menendez reports.
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Florida Conference
Florida congregations unite through Abide 21

SEBRING, Fla. — At a time when everyone seems to focus on divisions and differences, the churches of Highlands County are walking a different path. Fourteen congregations have joined an ecumenical movement called Abide 21. It consists of 21 days of prayer and fasting. Suzanne McGovern has the story.
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Nyadire students share benefits of fish project
NYADIRE, Zimbabwe (UMNS) — Primary students at The United Methodist Church’s Nyadire Mission are helping feed their community through a fish-breeding project at the school. Chenayi Kumuterera has the story.
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Religion News Service 
Ministering when memory fails

RICHLANDTOWN, Pa. (RNS) — Communities of faith are finding innovative ways to be in ministry with people who have dementia. Adelle M. Banks of Religion News Service reports on a range of those efforts, including a minister’s use of art at a United Methodist-affiliated retirement community.
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Read full “Dementia and Religion” series

Correction
A story published by United Methodist News on Jan. 18 incorrectly stated Bishop Judith Craig’s age at the time of her death. She was 81. United Methodist News regrets the error. 


PRESS RELEASES

Duke Divinity School
Wesley verse and hymn project completed

DURHAM, N.C. — The Center for Studies in the Wesleyan Tradition at United Methodist Duke Divinity School has completed a multiyear project to make accessible accurate transcriptions of all the known surviving verse of Charles Wesley, as well as collections of hymns published by John Wesley. The brothers were English clerics who founded the Methodist movement.
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Higher Education and Ministry
Book offers practical guide to God’s grace

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — In his new book “Simply Grace: Everyday Glimpses of God,” released by the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry, Bruce L. Blumer delves into the sometimes perplexing power of God’s grace and the role it plays in our everyday lives. All profits from the book will benefit scholarships and the construction of an addition to a school in LaGonave, Haiti.
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