Daily Digest - June 21, 2021

“I found many gaming communities with a stronger sense of community than some of the local churches I had known.”The Rev. David Petty, senior pastor at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado.


NEWS AND FEATURES

Online gamer ministry offers unique outreach 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (UM News) — When a video game-playing pastor realized the strong communities that gamers were building online, he saw an untapped opportunity for ministry. Aaron Cross reports.
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Commentary: How faith, gaming help us survive worst of times

Ask The UMC
What is the purpose of a Christian funeral? 
 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — What are we doing when we gather at a Christian funeral? Why do we say and do certain things? Ask The UMC, a ministry of United Methodist Communications, explores these questions and others related to United Methodist beliefs about death and resurrection in a new series. 
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Minnesota Conference
Soul care during a pandemic

MINNEAPOLIS — Every night for more than a year, a group of laity and clergy in the Minnesota Conference has gathered via Zoom to share a devotion and ask one another: “How is it with your soul?” Becky Boland, a certified lay minister, leads the group.
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Tyler Morning Telegraph 
Church moving forward after vandalism
  
TYLER, Texas — Church members and community volunteers gathered June 17 to pray and to clean up Tyler First United Methodist Church after a recent break-in and major vandalism of the interior, including the altar. The Rev. Sunny Farley, pastor, said the church has shown resilience through other difficult periods and will bounce back from this one. Raquel Torres reports.
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ABC-11
Residents help clean up tornado damage

LONG BEACH, Miss. — The Rev. Ben Barlow, associate pastor at First United Methodist Church Long Beach, and several church members spent their Saturday putting a tarp on a neighbor’s home after two EF-0 tornadoes with 70-75 mph winds moved through the area. Hugh Keeton has the story.
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PRESS RELEASES

Wespath Benefits and Investments
Sustainable Investment Report released

GLENVIEW, Ill. — The United Methodist agency that administers benefit plans for the denomination is reporting about its work in 2019-20, including the agency’s commitment to net-zero and other climate change actions, responding to COVID-19 and growing its affordable housing program. The Sustainable Investment Report was issued June 21 by Wespath Benefits and Investments.
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United Methodist Communications
Celebrating Social Media Day

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — United Methodist Communications will celebrate Social Media Day on June 30 with free learning opportunities throughout the day, including a special live learning session Q&A at noon Central time. “Social media is more than just being social, it's ministry,” said Poonam Patodia, the agency’s chief marketing officer. “Social Media Day is a good time to celebrate how it can help churches reach out beyond their surrounding communities.”
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Register and submit questions for the live Q&A


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.

Living as a United Methodist pastor in Nomadland
SOUTH MILWAUKEE, Wis. (UM News) — Like the main character in the Oscar-winning film "Nomadland," itinerant pastors learn to form community and connection even though they are always on the move. “If we are desiring to settle down, we will ignore connectionalism as the spirit of United Methodism,” writes the Rev. Dr. Sun-joong Kim.
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