Daily Digest - November 13, 2020

NEWS AND FEATURES

For UMCOR, 2020 is one long emergency

ATLANTA (UM News) — In a year when one disaster seemed to follow another and the pandemic and other health concerns took center stage, the United Methodist Committee on Relief’s longtime investment in training and support — both in the U.S. and globally — is paying off. Linda Bloom reports.
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Bishop Yambasu agriculture initiative announced

In Honduras, facing tragedy with solidarity
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UM News) — The passage of Hurricane Eta through Honduras left devastation and despair among the Honduran population, endangering more than 1.8 million residents and leading to more than 70 deaths. Now, United Methodist churches are mobilizing to provide food, supplies and shelter. The Rev. Gustavo Vasquez reports.
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East Ohio Conference
Church adds prayer wall

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio — Inspired by a pastor’s trip to the Western Wall in Jerusalem, members of West Austintown First United Methodist Church have constructed a prayer wall in their sanctuary. Members of the congregation wrote prayers on planks of wood stained in seven different colors for the project. Brett Hetherington has the story. 
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South Carolina Conference
New digital archives connect with church past

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — For years, if people wanted to dig into the full tomes of South Carolina’s Methodist history, they needed to travel to United Methodist-related Wofford College and slide carefully preserved old books and papers from their shelves, or pore through images on a microfilm reader. Now, all they need is available with the click of a button. Jessica Brodie reports.
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PRESS RELEASES

Higher Education and Ministry
Panel set on internet access and education

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Representatives from Africa University and Bennett College will discuss how lack of internet access can hamper education. The online forum is set for 9:30 a.m. U.S. Central time on Nov. 16. Suzanne Walsh, president of Bennett, and Peter Mageto, deputy vice chancellor of Africa University, will participate.
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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.

UM & Global 
Challenges of virtual General Conference 

BROOKFIELD, Wis. — David W. Scott addresses the challenges of a virtual, or as he prefers to call it, a “distributed” General Conference. Those include lack of access to reliable, high-bandwidth internet, he writes in UM & Global, the blog he curates for United Methodist Professors of Mission. His latest post includes links to earlier essays in which he considers the consequences if the denomination’s lawmaking assembly is again postponed.
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