Daily Digest - June 8, 2021

"We were doing virtual meetings before we had to do virtual meetings." — Gilbert C. Hanke, chief executive of United Methodist Men.

NEWS AND FEATURES

Hanke looks back at UM Men tenure
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UM News) — The chief executive of United Methodist Men, who is preparing to retire and helping to find his successor, looks back over his decade-plus tenure. Gilbert C. Hanke's accomplishments include establishing regular virtual class meetings for thousands of men, putting an emphasis on Scouting and ending domestic violence. Jim Patterson has the story.
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Louisiana Conference
Amid disaster, a network of house churches forms

LAKE CHARLES, La. — The past year has brought natural disasters as well as COVID-19 to this city in southwest Louisiana. The Rev. Chris Hyde might have given up on his church-planting plans, but instead joined others in creating The Bridge, a network of house churches. Hyde is a recent Harry Denman Evangelism Award winner. Britney Winn Lee reports.
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Global Ministries
Couple 'sows the word' with garden

OBION, Tenn. — With one acre and thousands of plants, Lyn and Gene Saltzman are preparing a tasty harvest to share alongside Christian love. The two are United Methodist mission volunteers who are serving with Reelfoot Rural Ministries in the Memphis Conference. Stacey Jones has their story.
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Foundation for Evangelism
Christian artist dies at 90

AMARILLO, Texas — Christian artist Kenneth J. Wyatt died May 24 at the age of 90. Best known for his portrayals of cowboys, Wyatt teamed up with the Foundation for Evangelism to paint another kind of traveler. Wyatt's "Offer Them Christ" depicts John Wesley giving a sendoff to Thomas Coke and his party as they prepare to sail to North America.
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PRESS RELEASES

Scarritt Bennett Center
Racial justice executive takes new position

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The director of racial justice at the Scarritt Bennett Center is leaving for a new position as director of leadership development and organizing for the Children's Defense Fund. The Rev. Cherisna Jean-Marie's last day at Scarritt was June 4. Scarritt is a nonprofit conference, retreat and education center.
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RESOURCES

Discipleship Ministries
Training helps churches be good neighbors

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Discipleship Ministries, as an extension of its #SeeAllThePeople movement, has formed a partnership with the Good Neighbor Experience to help congregations discover new ways to be in ministry. The Good Neighbor Experiment is a nine-month training process for congregations that want to be better neighbors in their communities.
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