Daily Digest - July 10, 2020

"The United Methodist Church has done a great job of raising awareness on this disease on community radios … (and) by (text) messages via the UMConnect system."The Rev. Ezechiel Mathe Paluku, superintendent of the Bukavu District, on the church's role in ending the 2018-2020 Ebola outbreak in East Congo.


Churches mark end of 2018-2020 Ebola outbreak

BENI, Congo (UM News) — The deadly Ebola outbreak in eastern Congo that killed 2,277 people is over, the Congolese health minister and the World Health Organization announced. United Methodist churches played a part in helping to share health and prevention information, and worked to prevent the stigma Ebola survivors often face. Philippe Kituka Lolonga and Chadrack Londe Tambwe have the story. 
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Deseret News
Couple ministers with bees and garden

MARRIOTT-SLATERVILLE, Utah — A Utah couple is feeding the hungry and keeping things sweet with a garden and bee-keeping operation at Ogden First United Methodist Church. Kristen and Steve Bell produce vegetables for a homeless shelter and pollen that is sold to make lip balm, honey-sweetened jams and other products. Proceeds from pollen sales help finance the ministry. Trent Toone reports.
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Global Ministries/UMCOR
UMCOR grant supports former prisoners

ATLANTA — Waleisah Wilson is a passionate advocate for people seeking to start life over as their incarceration comes to an end. A grant from the United Methodist Committee on Relief helps fund her position at the Southern Center for Human Rights. Christie R. House has the story.
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Asian American Language Ministry 
Asian Americans stand in solidarity with Blacks

ATLANTA — The United Methodist Asian American Language Ministry, part of the denomination's Board of Global Ministries, has released a statement condemning the loss of Black lives to racist violence. "This is a pivotal moment for Asian Americans to rise up and acknowledge our indebtedness to the struggle and contributions of African Americans," says the statement.
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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.

Faith and Leadership
Scriptural imagination can help confront fear

LAKELAND, Fla. — It is natural to be afraid at a time like this. But the spiritual practice of reading Scripture within a deep tradition can be grounding for us, and it can help us be resilient in the face of fear, writes Florida Conference Bishop Ken Carter Jr.
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Archives and History 
Online school to train local church historians

MADISON, N.J. — The United Methodist Commission on Archives and History is offering a free online course that will cover a range of skills needed to become a church historian. The 12-week course will begin Sept. 14 and people can take it at their own pace.
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Close ties challenge rural Africa COVID-19 fight


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