Daily Digest - June 26, 2020

“With this agriculture venture, I cannot complain. You harvest what you sow and you eat from your sweat.”The Rev. Vienna Mutezo, Zimbabwe West Conference connectional ministries director.


NEWS AND FEATURES

Pastors ‘make friends with the soil’ during lockdown

HARARE, Zimbabwe (UM News) — With many pastoral activities suspended amid lockdowns to stop the spread of the coronavirus, some clergy families in Africa are falling back on farming to supplement income and help members and others struggling with food insecurity. Kudzai Chingwe reports.
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Minnesota Conference
Videos address racism

MINNEAPOLIS — A new video series featuring Twin Cities clergy calls for a renewed effort to end racism after the death of George Floyd. The first two videos, posted now on the Standing Against Racism page on the Minnesota Conference website, feature the Revs. Rick Zeck and Frenchye Magee. Six videos are planned and a new video will be added to the page each week. 
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New 2020 annual conference reports posted
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UM News) — United Methodist News is posting 2020 annual conference reports. New this week is the Arkansas Annual Conference. 
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PRESS RELEASES

Church and Society
Agency hosts discussion on voting rights

WASHINGTON — The United Methodist Board of Church and Society will host a Zoom discussion about voting rights at 7 p.m. Eastern time June 30. The discussion is based on the new documentary “Suppressed: The Fight to Vote,” which can be watched for free before the conversation. The discussion will include reflections from film director Robert Greenwald and faith leaders from Ohio and Florida and a call to action.
Register for discussion
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Abraham to lead Wesley studies at Baylor
WACO, Texas — The Rev. William J. "Billy" Abraham, longtime professor at Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology, will lead a new Wesley House of Studies at Baylor University’s Truett Seminary, beginning Aug. 1. Abraham is on study leave from SMU in 2020-21 and is set to retire from SMU in 2021.
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