Daily Digest - July 28, 2021



NEWS AND FEATURES

Ask The UMC
What does resurrection mean to United Methodists?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — United Methodists affirm the Christian belief in the resurrection of the dead. But what exactly is resurrection? Is it like a resuscitation of the bodies of those who have died? Ask The UMC, a ministry of United Methodist Communications, explores these questions and others in a special series on United Methodist beliefs about death and resurrection.
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Northern Illinois Conference
Faith-based film premieres in church

ELGIN, Ill. — Mark Stewart Iverson held the premiere of his film "For Prophet" at First United Methodist Church. Iverson, who grew up attending Our Saviour's United Methodist Church in Schaumburg, Ill., filmed several scenes inside the Elgin church. The movie tells the story of an entrepreneur's encounters with the Archangel Raphael. Amanda Marrazzo reports.
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Michigan Conference
Flood relief continues in Michigan

LANSING, Mich. — Elbow grease is being applied in Wayne and Washtenaw counties to help 16,000 homes come back from last month's flooding. Five United Methodist churches suffered about $200,000 in combined damages. Kay DeMoss has the story.
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COMMENTARIES

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Greater Northwest Area
Tales of COVID: Some stories start at the beginning

PUYALLUP, Wash. — Like so many others, the Rev. Cara Scriven struggled to adapt and balance her work, personal and spiritual life during the pandemic. Before long, even her spiritual disciplines no longer provided grounding. Eventually, she writes, "I had to let go of routine expectations I had of myself and create deeper boundaries between my work and my personal life." She hopes this will help ground her as communities reopen.
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UM Disability
Deaf people share spiritual gifts of music

LAUREL, Md. — It's a natural assumption that Deaf and hard-of-hearing people have no interest in music, writes the Rev. Leo Yates Jr. However, music performances can come alive for this community through sign language or technological assistance, and even the vibrations and dramatization can be pleasing. Yates encourages churches to consider the musical contributions Deaf and hard-of-hearing members could make to a worship service.
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