“I thank heaven for the pastor who came out and handed out cleaning supplies and fed us.” — Kevin “Tony” Oliver, resident of flooded apartment complex.
Louisiana churches join hands, look for blessings
LAFAYETTE, La. (UMNS) — After the deluge come the blessings. And four United Methodist pastors in Lafayette are standing ready to pour those blessings back into communities recovering from August flooding. Kathy L. Gilbert has the story, with photos by Mike DuBose.
United Methodists stand with Standing Rock
STANDING ROCK, N.D. (UMNS) — United Methodists from North and South Dakota and beyond have visited the camps near the Missouri River as the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe tries to stop construction of a crude oil pipeline that would run from North Dakota to Illinois. Doreen Gosmire reports for the Dakotas Conference.
Campaign for Africa University launched
CLEVELAND (UMNS) — A campaign to increase Africa University’s endowment fund to $100 million, as well as raise additional funds for capital development, entered its public phase Sept. 12. The Campaign for Africa University, a four-year effort to raise $50 million, was unveiled at a banquet celebrating the work of longtime supporter and board member Maggie Jackson, who is retiring from the board. Vicki Brown and Rick Wolcott have the story.
Wesleyan small groups offer connections
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMC.org) — Wesleyan small groups can be used to bring people together across different cultures, languages and countries. Joe Iovino writes about the small groups in the final story of a four-part series.
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Here are some of the activities ahead for United Methodists across the connection. If you have an item to share, email email@example.com and put Digest in the subject line.
Thursday, Sept. 15
Willson Lecture featuring Dr. James E.K. Hildreth — 9:15 a.m. CDT. Dr. James E.K. Hildreth, the president and chief executive officer of United Methodist-related Meharry Medical College and an African-American pioneer in medicine, will speak at the Cal Turner Family Center for Student Education, Meharry Medical College, 1011 21st Ave. N., Nashville, Tennessee. United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry presents the Willson Lecture. Details
Thursday, Sept. 15 to Saturday, Oct. 15
Hispanic Heritage Month — United Methodist Discipleship Ministries offers music and worship resources for churches. See resources