Daily Digest - June 28, 2022

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“We grieve their loss and will continue to work for justice through our United Methodist connection.”Bishop Robert Schnase, on the deaths of at least 50 migrants found in a tractor-trailer in San Antonio.


NEWS AND FEATURES

Church responds after mass death of migrants
SAN ANTONIO (UM News) — United Methodists are responding after the deaths of at least 50 migrants found in an abandoned tractor-trailer in Texas. Bishop Robert Schnase is among the church leaders grieving the loss and urging United Methodists to continue to work for justice for migrants. The United Methodist Church has long had a commitment to immigration reform. Heather Hahn reports.
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UM News: Church leaders explore ways to help migrants in Mexico

Extra pay approved for bishops with extra workloads
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UM News) — The board of The United Methodist Church’s finance agency has approved a monthly stipend for active bishops who have led more than one episcopal area in this time of disruption. Heather Hahn reports. 
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Read General Council on Finance and Administration press release

Texas Conference
Foundation, UMCOR team up for Ukraine

ZULCH, Texas — Lena Denman, a United Methodist, is founder and president of a Texas-based foundation that sends medical supplies to hospitals in Ukraine. Her pastor, the Rev. Jim Jackson, helped make a connection with the United Methodist Committee on Relief, which led to six-figure grants for the foundation’s efforts. Lindsay Peyton reports. 
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PRESS RELEASES

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
Garrett inks deal with Hispanic group

EVANSTON, Ill. — La Asociació La Educació Teológica Hispana, which certifies the quality of programs provided by Hispanic Bible institutes and ministerial development programs, has signed a partnership agreement with United Methodist-associated Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. The deal is intended to expand theological education opportunities in Hispanic-Latinx communities.
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United Women in Faith
Study grant applications being accepted

NEW YORK — July 12 is the deadlie for women to apply for a travel and study grant from United Women in Faith. The Theressa Hoover Community Service and Global Citizenship Award offers funds to travel to another country to explore and study. Priority will be given to projects addressing climate justice and the criminalization of communities of color.
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RESOURCES

United Methodist Communications
Social Media Day slated for June 30

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — With billions of active users, social media platforms can be an effective way to reach and engage new people. United Methodist Communications will celebrate Social Media Day on June 30, highlighting the many resources the agency provides to help churches maximize their social media potential. The agency will host a live learning session on Facebook Groups at noon U.S. Central time June 30 at Facebook.com/UMCom. It will cover key social media concepts and will include Q&A time.
See social media resources
Read press release
United Methodist Communications Facebook page

United Methodist Insurance
Church insurance arm announces new broker

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — United Methodist Insurance Program announced that it has chosen Sovereign Insurance Group as its exclusive brokerage firm. United Methodist Insurance plans to have webinars to introduce Sovereign to United Methodist ministries. Webinars are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. U.S. Central time June 29 and 9:30 a.m. June 30.
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