Daily Digest - May 4, 2021

"While we cannot set up vaccination stations, UMCOR and Global Ministries are ... helping partner health agencies in India to acquire emergency equipment and to deal with the expanding health threats of the virus." — Roland Fernandes, top executive of the church's relief agency.

NEWS AND FEATURES

Grants go to fight COVID-19 pandemic in India
ATLANTA (UM News) — The escalating COVID-19 crisis in India will be addressed by The United Methodist Church through grants to entities there that have partnered in the past with the United Methodist Committee on Relief. Daily, India is suffering more than 3,000 COVID-19 deaths and recording more than 300,000 new cases. Jim Patterson reports.
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South Carolina Conference
Clergy Care program launched

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A South Carolina Conference program to support clergy has started, offering a holistic approach to physical, emotional, mental and spiritual assistance. Resources offered on the Clergy Care website include coaching, counseling and spiritual direction. Dan O'Mara reports.
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UM News: Clergy care a priority in pandemic year

The Post Bulletin
Parsonage now helps Mayo Clinic patients

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Tucked into the southeast corner of Christ United Methodist Church, surrounded by parking lots and apartments, there's an unassuming, pale yellow house. Nora Eckert reports how the church transformed the former parsonage into a place where Mayo Clinic patients can receive respite.
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PRESS RELEASES

Connectional Table, United Methodist Communications
2020 State of Church Report released

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The United Methodist Church has continued to carry out its mission despite the challenges and uncertainties of 2020. That's according to the new 2020 State of the Church Report produced by the Connectional Table and United Methodist Communications, themed "Blessed Is the Church." The report features a video message from four bishops.
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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.

Alabama-West Florida Reconciling Ministries Network
Methodism has impulse to include

MARY ESTHER, Fla. — In a video using archival photographs and illustrations, the Rev. Dr. Sam Parkes offers an overview of the history of Methodism in the U.S. He argues that the church over time has tended to embrace and empower more people, and it has done so without altering core doctrines of the Christian faith.
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RESOURCES

Black Methodists for Church Renewal
Virtual Harambee youth event planned

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — Harambee, which means "Let's come together," is a U.S. youth event organized by Black Methodists for Church Renewal. This year, with COVID-19 still hindering mass gatherings, the Southeastern Jurisdiction's BMCR group has organized a virtual event for youth ages 12-18 on June 25-26.
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World Council of Churches
Handbook offers how-to on health promotion

GENEVA — The World Council of Churches has created a free handbook to help churches around the world promote good health in their communities. The book includes work plans for seven intervention areas: diet, physical exercise, tobacco, alcohol, mental health, tuberculosis and COVID-19.
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