Daily Digest - September 16, 2019

“As three congregations, we are not only trying to renew our relationships but reimagine ministry together.”The Rev. Ianther Mills on reconciliation work being done by three churches split apart in the 19th century by racial discrimination.


NEWS AND FEATURES

To fight racism, 3 churches reckon with past

WASHINGTON (UM News) — Racial discrimination at Foundry United Methodist Church, a prominent church in the U.S. capital, led two African American congregations to break away in the 1800s. Now the three congregations, which include Asbury United Methodist and John Wesley AME Zion churches, are reconnecting. Heather Hahn reports.
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Dakotas Conference
Storms bring twisters, floods to South Dakota

MITCHELL, S.D. — On the heels of three tornadoes that hit Sioux Falls, torrential rain has caused massive flooding in many parts of South Dakota. Doreen Gosmire reports how United Methodists are responding. 
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United Methodist Committee on Relief
An assist for Arkansas River flood recovery

ATLANTA — After extensive Arkansas River flooding in several states last May, assistance was needed for both public infrastructure and homeowners, including Keith Reeves, whose house was the last on his block in Fort Smith, Arkansas, to flood. Support from the United Methodist Committee on Relief, including two new grants totaling $160,000, has helped speed the flood recovery. Christie R. House reports.
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Loveland Reporter-Herald
Church’s new pastor knows the parsonage well

LOVELAND, Colo. — The Rev. Bryson Lillie’s latest appointment is a homecoming. He’s serving Trinity United Methodist Church here, living in the same parsonage he shared with his parents when they were the pastors leading Trinity. “The pull of nostalgia is so strong,” he said. Shelley Widhalm reports.
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PRESS RELEASES

Church and Society
Big demand at refugee children center

NORTH HILLS, Calif. — The San Fernando Valley Refugee Children Center provides unaccompanied minors and their foster families with legal representation in deportation hearings. For many of the children, their lives depend on it, said the Rev. Fred Morris, director. The center currently has 59 children without attorneys and an average of 3-4 children arrive each week. “We are in perpetual fundraising mode,” Morris said. Amber Feezor has the story.
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