Daily Digest - October 25, 2021

“Our daughter has become the pillar of the whole family. Thanks to the money she has (earned) from her activities, she can support up to four days of food ration per week. She is able to send her child to school.”Pascaline Yafa, whose daughter learned to sew and make soap at The United Methodist Church’s Mama Lynn Center in East Congo.

NEWS AND FEATURES

Center helps rape survivors restart lives
KINDU, Congo (UM News) — Once-vulnerable women who learned trades at the United Methodist Church of East Congo’s Mama Lynn Center are supporting themselves and becoming indispensable to their families. The church established the center in 2018 to give hope to sexually abused, widowed and abandoned women in the region. Chadrack Tambwe Londe reports.
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Texas Conference
Centenarian status looms for Texas pastor
BIG SANDY, Texas — The Rev. Jack Hetzel turns 100 next month. He’s had an amazing life, not least as a World War II veteran, and he’s still spreading the gospel as pastor of First United Methodist Church of Big Sandy. Lindsay Peyton shares about Hetzel’s journey, including his turn to United Methodist ministry.
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Great Plains Conference
Conference has 21 dual-denomination churches 
SUTTON, Neb. — Sutton Federated Church is a combined United Methodist and United Church of Christ church. It’s one of 21 churches in the Great Plains Conference that combine United Methodists with members of another denomination. David Burke reports on the Sutton church’s history in the first installment of a four-part “Under One Roof” series about Great Plains' dually aligned congregations.
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The Call 2 Cook
Church connection leads to sweet corn
MARYVILLE, Tenn. — Annette Spence credits the United Methodist connection with helping her bring farm-to-table produce to her church’s drive-through lunch ministry. She writes about the Huff Farm, led by fellow United Methodist Eddie Huff. He donated ears of corn to the meal ministry at Norwood United Methodist Church.
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PRESS RELEASES

Africa University
Salley takes on new education role
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — James H. Salley has been named the president and CEO of Africa University (Tennessee). The board of directors voted to create the position as part of the ongoing evolution of governance within the United Methodist-related institution in Zimbabwe. Africa University (Tennessee) is one of three legal entities that comprise Africa University. Salley will continue as associate vice chancellor for institutional advancement.
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RESOURCES

The Connectional Table
New 'Tuesdays at the Table' conversation
CHICAGO — The “Tuesdays at the Table” weekly online conversations with United Methodist theologians and leaders continue this week with the Rev. Peter Mageto Maiko. He’ll talk about how experience, language, culture and other factors impact our faith journeys. “How do we experience God in a complex world?” will premiere at 10 a.m. U.S. Central time Oct. 26 on Facebook. The conversations continue through Dec. 21.
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RECENT HEADLINES

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EVENTS

Monday, Nov. 8-Friday, Nov. 19
Online course: Crossing the Bridge — Life After Loss


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