Daily Digest - October 15, 2020

“The gruesome murder of a child calls for the church to engage communities in teaching about the value of life.”The Rev. Alan Masimba Gurupira, administrative assistant to Bishop Eben K. Nhiwatiwa, on a suspected ritual killing in Zimbabwe.


NEWS AND FEATURES

Boy with United Methodist ties dies in ritual killing

MUREHWA, Zimbabwe (UM News) — The brutal murder of a 7-year-old boy in a suspected ritual killing has left United Methodists in Zimbabwe shocked and grieving. The child was the grandson of Alice Makore, a preacher, associate lay leader and women’s organization chairperson at Nyamutumbu United Methodist Church. Kudzai Chingwe reports.
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Western North Carolina Conference
Offering funds oxygen tanks in Haiti

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — The Western North Carolina Conference raised money to help people breathe easier. New Hope Hospital in Northern Haiti now has 10 much-needed oxygen tanks to care for COVID-19 patients in respiratory distress, thanks to an offering collected during this year’s annual conference session. 
Read story and thank you letter

North Texas Conference
Church helps bridge digital divide
 
PARIS, Texas — Most public school students here have limited or no internet access at home. First United Methodist Church of Paris and the Texas Methodist Foundation are helping with a prototype project to attach 12 outdoor mesh routers to utility poles. The ultimate goal is to provide Wi-Fi for 2,000 students.
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New 2020 annual conference reports posted 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UM News) — United Methodist News is posting 2020 annual conference reports. Upper New York and the second part of the Indiana Conference are new this week. 
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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.

Global Ministries
Reconciling relationships with nature

MINNEAPOLIS — The Rev. Tyler Sit, a part of the Global Ministries EarthKeepers program, shares how leading a program that provides nature-based therapy in support of people of color is affecting his community. Sit is pastor of New City Church, not far from where George Floyd was killed.
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RESOURCES

Wespath Benefits and Investments
Pension agency hosts online clergy event

GLENVIEW, Ill. — In place of the Clergy Benefits Academy and RevItUp!, Wespath plans to host Delivered to You, a virtual event on Oct. 26-27. The event will be two half-days, both in the afternoon, and seeks to provide education on benefits and the five dimensions of well-being for clergy. The cost is $49, and the registration deadline is Oct. 18. 
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