Daily Digest - January 25, 2022

“Eastern Congo has and will always need Bishop (Gabriel Yemba) Unda, because he is a man of evangelization, a unifier, a peacemaker and a man of development.”The Rev. Henry Jean Robert Kasongo Numbize, Goma District superintendent.


NEWS AND FEATURES

Bishop Unda picked to lead ecumenical group

KINDU, Congo (UM News) — Bishop Gabriel Yemba Unda, the first United Methodist bishop of the East Congo Episcopal Area, has been elected provincial president of the Church of Christ in Congo in Maniema. The ecumenical group is a union of 95 Protestant and Evangelical Christian denominations in the country. Judith Osongo and Philippe Kituka Lolonga report.
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South Carolina Conference
Church makes space for mental healing

TRAVELERS REST, S.C. — Mickey Hess knows what it’s like to navigate mental illness alone. At the suggestion of his pastor, he started the Healthy Minds Team at Travelers Rest United Methodist Church. As mental health issues become more prevalent, and more talked about, churches are seeing a strong need for this kind of support. Jessica Brodie has the story.
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Eastern Pennsylvania Conference
Philadelphia church targeted again 

PHILADELPHIA — An abusive letter was received by Emmanuel United Methodist Church less than a month after the church was ransacked and burglarized. The racist note was received through U.S. mail on Jan. 18, one day after celebrations for the birthday of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Police are investigating both incidents. John W. Coleman reports.
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PRESS RELEASES

World Council of Churches
Appealing for peace for Ukraine’s people

GENEVA — As Russian forces amass along Ukraine’s border and NATO forces are on high alert, the World Council of Churches is urgently appealing for peace for the people of Ukraine. “We pray for a change of hearts and minds, for de-escalation and for dialogue instead of threats,” said the ecumenical group’s top executive.
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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.

Greater New Jersey Conference 
When ‘no’ opens doors

NEPTUNE, N.J. — The Rev. Enger Muteteke has a New Year’s Eve tradition of preparing a vision board for the coming year. As she worked on her 2022 vision, the confusing phrase “no opens doors” came to her. Then she recalled how the Holy Spirit forbidding Paul to share the gospel in Asia led him instead to Macedonia.
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RESOURCES

United Methodist Communications
Fighting human trafficking

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. United Methodist agencies and conferences offer resources to raise awareness and help people to work to end human trafficking. 
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