Daily Digest - November 18, 2020


"Above all I write to advocate and open a way toward a new imagination for the public role of these significant places." — The Rev. Thomas Frank in his book "Historic Houses of Worship in Peril."

NEWS AND FEATURES

A manifesto for saving historic church buildings
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (UM News) — The Rev. Thomas Frank is a longtime United Methodist elder and professor, and author of a standard text on church polity. He's also a historic preservationist. His latest book is a self-described manifesto titled "Historic Houses of Worship in Peril." Sam Hodges reports.
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South Georgia Advocate, United Methodist Communications
Hunters help feed hungry

VIENNA, Ga. — The food ministry at Vienna United Methodist Church has freezers full of venison, courtesy of deer hunters. Hunters in Georgia and around the country work with organizations like Hunters for the Hungry to help with food ministries. Kara Witherow reports on the Georgia ministry and United Methodist Communications has a video about hunters in North Carolina who provide meat to nonprofits.
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Texas Conference
Churches keep faith with Thanksgiving tradition

KATY, Texas — Three Texas Conference churches are part of the Katy Thanksgiving Feast, an ecumenical effort that since 2003 has provided Thanksgiving meals to needy families. COVID-19 has forced changes, but the feast will go on. Katy First United Methodist Church has assembled 1,000 cans of cranberry sauce and 500 jars of turkey gravy. Lindsay Peyton reports.
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United Methodist Communications
Worshipping over a meal

GRAFTON, Mass. — Sitting around a table instead of facing forward in rows of pews makes for a different kind of worship experience, known as table ministry. At Simple Church, anyone can reserve a place setting and join in a meal, short sermon and group conversation. Crystal Caviness reports.
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The Tennessean
Meharry president submits resume to Biden team

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Dr. James Hildreth, president of Meharry Medical College, was asked to submit his resume to President-elect Joe Biden's transition team for consideration as part of the incoming administration's coronavirus response. Meharry is the only historically Black medical school related to The United Methodist Church. Brett Kelman has the story.
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RESOURCES

Virginia Conference
Event looks at Gospel in post-Christian times

GLEN ALLEN, Va. — Virginia Conference's Bishop Sharma D. Lewis will join in "Being Formed by the Gospel in a Post-Christian Age," a Dec. 4-5 online event organized by the ecumenical LARCUM Covenant in Virginia. LARCUM stands for Lutheran, Anglican, Roman Catholic and United Methodist. The scholar Phillip Cary will be the presenter. Registration is $25.
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Daily Digest - November 24, 2020

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Daily Digest - November 23, 2020

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