Daily Digest - September 20, 2021

“Her impact on the church is immeasurable and immensely positive.” Bishop Robert Schnase, about Wespath’s Barbara Boigegrain, who is retiring at the end of 2021.


NEWS AND FEATURES

Boigegrain ready for life after Wespath

GLENVIEW, Ill. (UM News) — After 27 years leading Wespath through economic crises and toward investments that are ecologically and ethically sound, Barbara Boigegrain is retiring at the end of the year. One of her signpost accomplishments is the creation of a pension plan for United Methodist clergy in Africa. Jim Patterson reports.
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Holston Conference
Letter shows how kits bless Liberian kids

ALCOA, Tenn. — Every spring, churches throughout Holston Conference collect food, school and health supplies to help missions in Liberia and Zimbabwe. This month, the conference heard from a church leader in Liberia about the difference the supply kits make. 
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California-Nevada Conference
Lay leaders’ grant helps church grow young

PITTSBURG, Calif. — Faced with the isolation of the pandemic, Esther Taufa and Lesila Leger of Pittsburg United Methodist Church wanted to find a way to connect with their fellow young adults. Their prayers and initiative led to Café Agape, an online ministry that now has grown to include in-person gatherings. Conference lay leaders have awarded the ministry a $1,100 grant. 
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Greater New Jersey Conference
Pastor receives Asbury award on milestone anniversary

PRINCETON, N.J. — In the year marking the 250th anniversary of Francis Asbury arriving in the U.S. to organize the new Methodist Church in the British colonies, a New Jersey pastor will receive an award named after American Methodism’s pioneering bishop. The Rev. Erik “Skitch” Matson of Princeton United Methodist Church and the Wesley Foundation was one of 10 recipients of the Board of Higher Education and Ministry’s Francis Asbury Award, which recognizes and encourages outstanding support of higher education and campus ministries. Heather Mistretta reports.
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PRESS RELEASES

Boston University School of Theology
Distinguished Alumni named

BOSTON — Boston University School of Theology, one of the 13 United Methodist seminaries, has announced its 2021 Distinguished Alumni. They are Mark Bowman, LGBTQ inclusion advocate and church musician; the Rev. Heidi Kugler, national chaplaincy administrator for the Federal Bureau of Prisons; and the Rev. Gil Rendle, author of church leadership books and former senior vice president with the Texas Methodist Foundation.
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RESOURCES

United Methodist Communications
Marking international podcast day

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — United Methodist Communications will celebrate the power of podcasts to share information and inspiration on International Podcast Day on Sept. 30. Throughout the day, the agency will unveil new podcast episodes and discussions that can be accessed at the celebration webpage or on United Methodist Communications’ Facebook page. 
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