Daily Digest - July 20, 2021

"My work has been made much easier during these trying times when the economy of Zimbabwe is struggling and COVID-19 is a reign of terror. Through (The Nyadire Connection's) support, they have set high standards in health services with no match from within the province." — Dr. Larry Tanyanyiwa, medical superintendent at Nyadire Mission Hospital in Zimbabwe.

NEWS AND FEATURES

Nyadire Connection celebrates years sharing God's love
HARARE, Zimbabwe (UM News) — The Nyadire Connection, a faith-based nonprofit organization that has supported the Nyadire United Methodist Mission since 2006, is celebrating 15 years of ministry in northeastern Zimbabwe. Some 50 teams have returned to the mission over the years, with projects and programs valued at more than $5.5 million, including the construction and rehabilitation of five rural health clinics. Kudzai Chingwe has the story.
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Florida Conference
Pastor urges support for Cuban people

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — The Rev. Rinaldo "Rini" Hernandez served The Methodist Church in Cuba for 23 years before moving to Miami in 2001. The United Methodist pastor and the group Methodists United in Prayer offer ideas for how United Methodists can help the Cuban people protesting their government, starting with prayer. Joe Henderson has the story.
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Minnesota Conference
Gaming camp offers creative faith-building

PARK RAPIDS, Minn. — In his 14 years, Cole Belton has never wanted to go to camp out of fear that he wouldn't be accepted. But when another teenager at his church — Park United Methodist in Brainerd — invited him to a camp for tabletop gamers, he decided to give it a try. The week was transformational for him and its positive impact stayed with him after returning home. Christa Meland has the story.
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Washington Post
Guilty plea in burning of church banner

WASHINGTON — Enrique Tarrio, a leader of the extremist group the Proud Boys, pleaded guilty to burning a Black Lives Matter banner stolen Dec. 12 from historic Asbury United Methodist Church. Paul Duggan and Rachel Weiner report.
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WTVF
Church officially opens respite center for homeless

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — After years of pushback, delays and court battles, a medical respite center for Nashville's unhoused is now open at Glencliff United Methodist Church. A crowd filled the churchyard for a July 19 ribbon cutting. Eventually, there will be 22 tiny homes on the church property for people who have nowhere to go after a hospital stay. Hannah McDonald reports.
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UM News: Church building micro home village for homeless

COMMENTARIES

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Church and Society
The right to vote matters

WASHINGTON — In light of a growing number of states introducing legislation that could make it more difficult for people to vote, Church and Society top executive the Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe is urging faith leaders to call for the passage of the For the People Act, which would expand voting rights. "People of faith see fair representation, voting rights and accountability for elected leaders as moral issues of utmost importance," she writes.
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RESOURCES

Council of Bishops
Grants available to support ecumenism

WASHINGTON — The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church invites applications for the 2022 Local Initiatives Grants, which support ecumenical and interreligious work. The Council of Bishops offers three grants of $1,000 each to groups within conferences for special projects. The deadline is Sept. 17.
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