Daily Digest - March 29, 2023

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Finding a way: Doing ministry in Kyrgyzstan

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (UM News) — United Methodist churches in Kyrgyzstan are doing dynamic ministry in an often challenging environment. Outdoor and other social activities help build relationships, especially among young people. Photographer Mike DuBose provides a window into local church life.
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UM News: Young people drive church growth in Kyrgyzstan

A conversation with the Rev. Angela Redman
SEVERNA PARK, Md. (UM News) — The latest installment of the “Hollering for Change” series continues to look at women “firsts” in the denomination. The Rev. Tori Butler speaks with the Rev. Angela Redman, the first African American woman appointed as executive director of the United Methodist City Society, a ministry of the New York Conference dating to 1838.  
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Upper New York Conference
Congregation connects with storm-impacted churches
LIVERPOOL, N.Y. — Congregants of Osterville United Methodist Church in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, raised $30,000 for three Buffalo-area churches damaged by a historic snowstorm in December. Though Osterville members didn’t know any members at the churches, they knew the Rev. Dave Nicol, who had grown up attending Osterville before becoming a pastor in Upper New York. Shannon Hodson has the story.
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Michigan Conference
Advocacy Day focuses on gun violence

LANSING, Mich. — More than 300 United Methodists and supportive friends took part in the Michigan Conference’s first Advocacy Day, which targeted gun violence. Lawmakers met with advocates about the need for universal background checks, safe storage laws and extreme risk protection orders. Central United Methodist Church, located near the Capitol, served as home base. James Deaton reports.
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Archives and History
A podcast for Women’s History Month

MADISON, N.J. — Learn about educator and women’s suffragette Frances Willard by listening to the March “Un-Tied Methodism” podcast, hosted by Ashley Boggan, top executive of United Methodist Archives and History. Historian Christopher Evans talks about the career of Willard, who was the national president of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union and was instrumental in the passage of the 18th and 19th amendments.
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Iowa Wesleyan University
Methodist-affiliated university closing

MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa — The board of trustees of Iowa Wesleyan University announced that the United Methodist-affiliated school will close at the end of this academic year. In a press release March 28, financial challenges were cited as the reason, including increased operating costs and the rejection of a proposal for federal COVID-19 funding.
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Prison ministries transform inmates, volunteers

Church reaches out after deadly tornadoes


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Online course: Leading Missional Small Groups

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Online course: Planning for the Church Emergency

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