Daily Digest - October 30, 2020

“The Good News is the good news, looking for mercies each and every day. With bleary eyes, we try to focus on those things.” — Louisiana United Methodist Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey on repeated storms, the pandemic and national turmoil.


Leaning on faith as storms rage 

NEW ORLEANS (UM News) — Hurricane Zeta marks the 11th named storm to hit the U.S. this year, and the storm season doesn’t end until Nov. 30. United Methodists turn their “bleary eyes” to God and find strength in their faith and each other. Kathy L. Gilbert and Sam Hodges report. 
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What goes into funding the bishops?
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UM News) — The fund that supports the work of United Methodist bishops is in danger of going into the red within the next four years. The Council of Bishops plans to discuss options for stabilizing finances at its coming meeting. Heather Hahn reports.
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Archives and History
Celebrating ‘Methodists and the Macabre’

MADISON, N.J. — With Halloween arriving, the United Methodist Commission on Archives and History is “digging up” a few of the spookier items lurking in its vault: John Wesley’s death mask, George Whitefield’s thumb and a pair of shoes that were knocked off a woman struck by lightning during an 1895 church service. "Methodists and the Macabre" is also the theme of the October 2020 issue of Methodist History journal. 
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Arkansas Conference
Raising awareness of bone marrow registry

MAGNOLIA, Ark. — The Rev. Corey Read, Wesley Foundation campus minister at Southern Arkansas University, is a recent bone marrow donor. She is among the United Methodists trying to raise awareness of how people can help with this cancer treatment. Caleb Hennington reports. 
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Western North Carolina Conference
Podcast: Remembering the saints

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — As All Saints’ Day approaches on Nov. 1, many will remember the loved ones they have lost this year. Melissa McGill talks with Kay Morrison-Sanders, a cemetery bereavement counselor, and the Rev. Carter Ferguson, a pastor of two churches, about grief and rites surrounding death in this time of pandemic.
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Higher Education and Ministry 
Professor: Scholarship program foundational 

ATLANTA — When the Rev. Rosetta Ross decided to pursue her doctorate, there were few women of color in higher education. Ross, a professor of religion at Spelman College for the past 17 years, said the Angella P. Current-Felder Women of Color Scholars program was foundational for her and her success in academia. “The intentionality of addressing what women of color needed made all of the difference for me,” Ross said. Jessica Love has the story. 
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Council of Bishops
African bishops: Let's make our own choices

HARARE, Zimbabwe — United Methodist bishops in Africa vowed to stay in The United Methodist Church despite the potential split expected at General Conference next year. During a virtual meeting, the bishops also said they feel the mediated Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace through Separation should be renegotiated. 
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United Theological Seminary
Seminary urges peace amid election

DAYTON, Ohio — United Theological Seminary encourages the followers of Jesus to resolve to be peacemakers in their communities regardless of who is elected to office in the November 2020 elections. 
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United Methodist Publishing House
Publishing House board faces hard times

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The board of United Methodist Publishing House met by videoconference Oct. 27, approving a $31 million budget and learning of the impending retirement of Tammy Gaines, chief financial officer. The self-supporting Publishing House has faced slumping sales in the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing layoffs and a decision to put its headquarters up for sale.
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Churches urged to file legal document in Boy Scouts lawsuit

Pastors reveal emotional toll of COVID-19


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