Daily Digest - October 13, 2021

"Ken's death takes heavenward one of the premier shapers of Methodist historiography." — The Rev. Russell Richey, United Methodist historian, on the Rev. Kenneth Rowe.


Kenneth Rowe, church historian, dies at 84
MADISON, N.J. (UM News) — Colleagues agree that the Rev. Kenneth Rowe's contribution to Methodist history was monumental. He was an author, professor, librarian, archivist, bibliographer — and he insisted the church's marginalized groups have their story told, too. Rowe, who had a key role in bringing the United Methodist Archives and History Center to Drew University, died Oct. 8 at age 84. Sam Hodges reports.
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United Methodist Communications
Did Jesus really say that?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — In a new Rethink Church podcast, biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine explains teachings of Jesus that seem harsh. Levine is a Vanderbilt Divinity School professor and New Testament scholar. She wrote "The Difficult Words of Jesus."
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United Methodist Foundation of Western North Carolina
New church paradigm in North Carolina

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Woodlawn Community Fellowship, a merger of two United Methodist congregations, is trying a new model of a faith community that will use development of its property to fund its ministry. Plans call for building 36 townhomes to help generate income.
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Claremont School of Theology
Claremont-trained Muslim chaplain aids Afghan refugees

CLAREMONT, Calif. — U.S. Air Force Captain Mir M. Ali is a Muslim chaplain who recently ministered to Afghan refugees as they arrived at Ramstein Air Base in Germany. He's a 2015 graduate of United Methodist Claremont School of Theology, where he was part of an interfaith chaplaincy program. The seminary has posted a profile of Ali.
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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 Insight
Vaccine mandate ban upends religious practice

MESQUITE, Texas — Cynthia B. Astle writes that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's ban on any Texas entity requiring COVID-19 vaccines has already had an impact on her plans to attend a Christian gathering. The editor of UM Insight says she hopes people will heed medical science and "join in a community effort to halt this death-dealing plague."
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Billy Abraham, traditionalist scholar, dies

Filipino churchgoers minister amid COVID-19


Thursday, Oct. 14

Discipleship Ministries webinar: "How to Fight Racism"

Sunday, Oct. 17

Laity Sunday

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