Daily Digest - March 30, 2020

“Joseph Echols Lowery was a special Methodist preacher, a true giant of the faith and a voice for social justice and the Gospel dictated by the one who came anointed to bring liberation to the disinherited.”The Rev. William Bobby McClain on Lowery’s death.


Renowned United Methodist civil rights leader dead at 98

ATLANTA (UM News) — The Rev. Joseph Echols Lowery, a United Methodist pastor who loved to preach and never feared speaking truth to power, died at his home on March 27. He was 98. Kathy L. Gilbert reports. 
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United Methodist Committee on Relief 
UMCOR gives supplies to first responders 

ATLANTA — Needed supplies stored at the United Methodist Committee on Relief’s Sager Brown Depot are being distributed to first responders in Louisiana as part of the agency’s effort to help fight the COVID-19 outbreak. The supplies include more than 80,000 masks. Dan Curran reports.
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Church of the Village
Bishop’s wife dies of COVID-19

NEW YORK — United Methodists are mourning the passing of the Rev. Sherrie Dobbs Johnson, a former district superintendent in the Greater New Jersey Conference and wife of retired Bishop Alfred Johnson. She died March 27 of complications related to COVID-19. The Church of the Village has a remembrance.
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Love Your Neighbor Coalition
Calling for justice amid pandemic

NEW YORK — As the church confronts a global pandemic, the Love Your Neighbor Coalition urges United Methodists to act for justice for those most at risk from COVID-19 and its effects. 
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Finance and Administration
Board hears update on new coronavirus-related law

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The U.S. Families First Coronavirus Response Act affects paid leave offered by churches and other employers with between 50 and 500 employees. The General Council on Finance and Administration board on March 27 heard an update on the law. The finance agency has compiled answers to frequently asked questions.
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Wrestling with budget after GC2020 postponed

Higher Education and Ministry 
Student loan payment suspensions available

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A three-month suspension of student loan payments is being offered by the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry in response to the economic impact of the coronavirus. The pandemic may cause financial hardship for many paying off student loans. 
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United Methodist Communications
UMCom to offer daily tech tips for local churches

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — As churches shift to digital ministry during the COVID-19 pandemic, United Methodist Communications is posting a week of daily Local Church Learning Sessions on the ResourceUMC and UMCom Facebook pages. Topics include tips for using technology such as Zoom and Facebook Live, electronic giving and utilizing text messaging as a connectional tool. 
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Podcasts give churches ‘germ-free way’ to minister

Zimbabwe church keeps diaspora connected


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