Daily Digest - October 19, 2020

“I remember thinking, ‘Good grief, this is the skin of a human being.’”  — The Rev. Jerry Campbell, who was tasked with removing a cover made of human skin from a library book.


Facing up to a grotesque book at Iliff
DENVER (UM News) — The days of ignoring the grisly legacy of a history of Christianity book bound with the skin of a slain Native American are coming to a close at United Methodist Iliff School of Theology. School officials are seeking help from Native American leaders on the best way to honorably acknowledge and seek atonement for a book displayed for 80 years in the school library. Jim Patterson reports.
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Meharry starts enrollments for COVID-19 vaccine

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The United Methodist Church’s only historically Black medical college plans to start enrolling participants for its COVID-19 vaccine trial in October. Meharry Medical College’s goal is to enroll roughly 500 people for the vaccine trial, and Dr. James Hildreth, CEO and president, plans to be one of the first. Hildreth said they want to make sure communities of color are represented during the trial. 
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How to enroll
UM News: Black people sought for COVID-19 vaccine trials 

Holston Conference
Pandemic takes toll on recovery ministries

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — While many congregations have resumed in-person gatherings within the past few weeks, some recovery leaders are still agonizing over damage caused when the pandemic closed church buildings to support groups and people fighting addiction. Annette Spence reports. 
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United Theological Seminary
Innovation center named for Bishop Ough

DAYTON, Ohio — United Theological Seminary plans to open the Bishop Bruce Ough Innovation Center in January. The center honors Ough’s legacy of leading and supporting creative ministries. The Rev. Sue Nilson Kibbey is the center’s director. 
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Church and Society
Young United Methodists call voting act of faith

WASHINGTON — Young United Methodists reflect on why it is important to vote and share the values guiding them as they cast their ballots.
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St. Andrew United Methodist Church
Pastor offers devotionals for anxious times

PLANO, Texas — The Rev. Robert Hasley Jr. has written a book of encouraging devotionals for anxious times, including the COVID-19 pandemic. “Everything Is Gonna Be All Right” is scheduled for release next month from Invite Press. Hasley is the longtime senior pastor of St. Andrew United Methodist Church, one of the denomination’s largest. 
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Confronting pandemic-related food insecurity

Moving voting rights ‘from ideal to reality’ 


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