Daily Digest - May 14, 2019

“This is good news that entrepreneurship is being taken seriously at the village level, and for the church and other organizations to take it so seriously, it is a blessing.” — Sithembiso Nyoni, on a business expo hosted by The United Methodist Church in Zimbabwe.


Church aims to empower Zimbabwe’s poorest
MARANGE, Zimbabwe (UMNS) — The United Methodist Church in Zimbabwe is helping link rural communities with business opportunities in an effort to “evangelize through economic empowerment.” The church hosted a business expo and local market to provide new possibilities for people living in poverty. Priscilla Muzerengwa has the story.
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Michigan Conference
Creativity drives Sycamore Creek worship
LANSING, Mich. — Connecting through the hit musical “Hamilton,” meeting Monday nights at Buddies Grill and handing out quarters at a laundromat are some of the ways Sycamore Creek Church lives out its philosophy of creative worship. Kay DeMoss has the story.
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United Methodist Communications
George Whitefield: The first celebrity preacher?
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMC.org) — In his day, George Whitefield may have been the most well-known preacher in the American colonies. A charter member of the Holy Club with John and Charles Wesley, the trained actor and orator drew great crowds everywhere he preached. Though he and John Wesley later had a falling out over theological differences, Whitefield asked Wesley to preach at his funeral.
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Golden West Chapter of the ALS Association
United Methodist man’s life lights the way
SAN JOSE, Calif. — As co-founder of Lighting for Literacy, United Methodist Doug McNeil has, literally, brought light to thousands of people around the world. After a diagnosis of ALS, he remains committed to positive change. McNeil started the program with the help of Los Gatos United Methodist Church and Los Gatos Morning Rotary.
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Abingdon Press
New book examines Bible’s sexuality teachings
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A retired elder in the Florida Conference offers a concise theological examination of the Bible’s teachings about sexuality in a new book. The Rev. Steve Harper examines this fundamental component of human life in “Holy Love: A Biblical Theology for Human Sexuality.”
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United Methodist News Service 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 UMNS staff.

Special-needs baseball is more than a game
SUGAR LAND, Texas — Dream League provides those with special needs a chance to play baseball. The Rev. Chappell Temple believes that sponsoring a Dream League team is one of the best things his church does, creating a “beloved community” and offering theological insights.
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Bishops seek special offering for migrants 

Hearing set for church’s sanctuary guest 


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Summer worship series at Lake Junaluska 

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Daily digest - August 23, 2019

Filipino United Methodists condemn latest violence; Church rises from ashes of 2016 wildfire; Bishop tours struggling Illinois farms

Daily Digest - August 22, 2019

Churches minister to Hong Kong protesters; Sierra Leone church expands eye care services; Ministry weaves plastic bags into beds

Daily Digest - August 21, 2019

Churches help Kentucky miners; Ebola spreads to area with strong UM ties; Growing programs for healthy kids in Brazil