Daily Digest - June 29, 2020

“It is a great school with excellent and awesome faculty and staff. ... I consider Lydia Patterson a family and when I was there, it felt like home.” — 2020 graduate Ruth Moreno on the United Methodist school that has meant so much to her.


NEWS AND FEATURES

Surviving tribulations part of school’s history

JUÁREZ, Mexico (UM News) — The Lydia Patterson Institute in El Paso, Texas, is struggling with COVID-19 and a closed border, but the president of the United Methodist school said, “We have seen worse.” Kathy L. Gilbert reports. 
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Lydia Patterson is dream maker for young students

Food relief helps in Liberia’s COVID-19 fight
MONROVIA, Liberia (UM News) — The United Methodist Committee on Relief and other global United Methodists are helping with the church’s COVID-19 fight in Liberia. Through its Anti COVID-19 Taskforce, the church is distributing food to physically challenged and elderly members. E Julu Swen reports.
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PRESS RELEASES

Religion and Race
Town hall tackles church’s racial history

WASHINGTON — United Methodist historians and other church leaders will join in a town hall conversation at noon Central time July 1 that will take a deep dive into the sometimes suppressed racial history of the U.S. and the church. Viewers can submit questions for panelists through the website during the event. The denomination’s Council of Bishops, Commission on Religion and Race, Board of Church and Society and United Methodist Women are organizing the event. 
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Watch town hall on July 1
 
Religion and Race
Burton to be interim head of agency

WASHINGTON — M. Garlinda Burton, a United Methodist deaconess, journalist and justice advocate, will be interim chief executive for the United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race, starting Sept. 1. Erin Hawkins is stepping down as head of the racial justice agency to be director of connectional ministries for the California-Pacific Conference. 
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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.

When pandemic ends, confusion in church will remain
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (UM News) — The Rev. William B. Lawrence examines constitutional issues presented by plans for the future of The United Methodist Church. The former Judicial Council president writes that the church seemed confused even before the global pandemic upended the world’s priorities. He expects that confusion to continue after the pandemic. 
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