“The idea was to try to avoid a disruption in funding and … to make clear that the church has a commitment to these communities of color.” — The Rev. Junius Dotson, top executive of United Methodist Discipleship Ministries.
NEWS AND FEATURES
Minority funding critical to separation deal
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UM News) — Negotiators of a proposed separation plan for The United Methodist Church say $39 million for minority ministries was a critical element to reaching an agreement. Jim Patterson reports.
United Methodists in Philippines help volcano evacuees
TAGAYTAY CITY, Philippines (UM News) — United Methodists are among those responding to some of the hundreds of thousands of people displaced by the Taal volcano eruption on Luzon Island. Churches are offering hot meals and other relief as fears of a bigger eruption mount. Gladys P. Mangiduyos reports.
Rio Texas Conference
Bishop to Texas governor: Accept refugees
SAN ANTONIO — Bishop Robert Schnase and other top Rio Texas Conference officials have written Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, protesting his decision to exclude the state from the federal refugee resettlement program in 2020. Texas has "sufficient room, economic strength and non-profit commitment" to keep taking in refugees, the letter says.
Northern Illinois Conference
Youngster helps hurricane victims
MORRIS, Ill. — An 8-year-old member of First United Methodist Church raised $1,200 to help hurricane victims in the Bahamas by selling homemade rubber band loom bracelets. Olivia Hoffman received a certificate of appreciation from the United Methodist Committee on Relief. Anne Marie Gerhardt has the story.
No Daily Digest Jan. 23-24
There will be no Daily Digest Jan. 23-24 because of the Pre-General Conference Briefing. The Daily Digest will return Monday, Jan. 27.
Monday, Jan. 27-Friday, Feb. 7