Daily Digest - September 21, 2020

“It’s not distinctive because he’s an old guy who’s done a book. He’s still at the top of his game.”The Rev. Michael Hawn, speaking of the Rev. Carlton R. “Sam” Young. 


At 94, he’s ʽMr. Music of United Methodism’

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UM News) — The Rev. Carlton R. “Sam” Young is well known in church music as a hymnal editor, composer, arranger and scholar. One informed admirer calls him “Mr. Music of United Methodism.” Young, 94, is out with a new collection of sheet music. Sam Hodges reports. 
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Baltimore-Washington Conference
Faith leaders call for release of United Methodist

WASHINGTON — The Baltimore-Washington Conference bishop, the top executive of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society and other faith leaders called for the immediate release of Binsar Siahaan. Siahaan, an undocumented Indonesian immigrant who is a member and caretaker of Glenmont United Methodist in Silver Spring, Maryland, was arrested on church property by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. “As a bishop … I find this breach of established practice unconscionable. How dare they enter upon our sacred grounds to violate their own policy,” Bishop LaTrelle Easterling said at a news conference on Sept. 21. Erik Alsgaard reports.
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Read Board of Church and Society press release

Arkansas Conference
How children’s ministers have stepped up 

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Melinda Shunk, Arkansas Conference children’s ministry coordinator, describes ministry to families that involves parks, porches, parking lots and breezeways. “I have been in awe of their creativity to still be connectional,” she writes.
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Iowa Conference
Derecho doesn’t stop confirmation
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — A typical year of confirmation turned upside down for Lovely Lane United Methodist Church after quarantine and the derecho on Aug. 10. That didn’t stop the Rev. Scott Meador from completing the year with a celebration. The Iowa Conference has the story. 
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United Methodist Communications
Candid talk about starting a church now

HORIZON WEST, Fla. — The Rev. Brian Johnson is starting Citrus Church, a new United Methodist congregation in a new suburb of Orlando. In a MyCom podcast, he talks about getting to know his new Florida community in this season of uncertainty.
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World Association for Christian Communication
Bill Fore, religious broadcaster, dead at 92

DALLAS — The Rev. William F. Fore, a United Methodist minister from the California-Pacific Conference, played a key role in the founding of public broadcasting in the U.S. Fore, former president of the World Association for Christian Communication, died July 30 at the age of 92. He was involved in film and television ministries as staff of the United Methodist Board of Missions (now Global Ministries) and the National Council of Churches.
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Read New York Times obituary

County of Los Angeles
Rev. James Lawson Day declared

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County has declared Sept. 22 “The Rev. James M. Lawson Jr. Day” to honor the retired United Methodist pastor and civil rights leader. Lawson, who trained civil rights workers in nonviolent protesting, will celebrate his 92nd birthday that day. 
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Full communion with Episcopalians delayed

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