Daily Digest - October 14, 2021


Photo essay: ‘I was a stranger …’

TIJUANA, Mexico (UM News) — In September 2021, a UM News team accompanied leaders from The United Methodist Church and the Methodist Church of Mexico on visits to growing migrant communities in multiple towns on the U.S.-Mexico border. While policymakers in Washington struggle to find solutions, the response from faith leaders has been simple: Welcome the strangers, as Jesus instructed. UM News photographer Mike DuBose documented the ministry in a photo essay.
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Dakotas Conference
Walk remembers lost Native children

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Members of Canyon Lake United Methodist Church honored Rapid City Indian School students who perished decades ago with a ceremonial walk on Native Americans’ Day. The school was one of many created to teach children to reject their culture. Some of the students who died at the schools were buried in unmarked graves that are now being identified. Doreen Gosmire has the story.
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UM News: Pastor reflects on abuses at Indian boarding schools
UMC Creation Justice Movement
Disaster risk reduction tied to creation care

BULACAN, Philippines — In an area beset by devastating monsoons and floods, intentional care of creation can be key to reducing the impact of disaster. Romuel “Dojoe” S. Flores, lay leader of Bulacan Philippines Annual Conference, writes about the steps his area has taken with the help of United Methodist partners. That includes shifting key facilities to solar power. 
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Iowa Conference
Longtime organist retiring

AMES, Iowa — Carl Bleyle is retiring after nearly six decades as organist and chancel choir director at Collegiate United Methodist Church and Wesley Foundation. A recognition service is set for Oct. 17. He is also a founding member of Musica Antiqua, a group devoted to playing music from the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
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South Georgia Conference, United Methodist Communications
7 tips for involving members in worship

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The word "laity" is from the Greek word “laos,” meaning “people of God.” Ahead of Laity Sunday on Oct. 17 this year, Darby Jones has seven tips for including church members in services.
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Explore United Methodist photos
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UM News) — UM News has thousands of images from around the world of The United Methodist Church in action. These images are free to use with an identifying credit for United Methodist organizations. Check out the Flickr page.
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Kenneth Rowe, church historian, dies at 84

Native American museum makes belated debut


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