Daily Digest - September 23, 2020


NEWS AND FEATURES

Ask The UMC
Is The United Methodist Church involved in politics?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The people called Methodists have been actively involved in social and political matters since the church's founding in 18th-century England. Today, the United Methodist Social Creed and Social Principles express a commitment to fully participate in building a more peaceful and just world. Ask The UMC, a ministry of United Methodist Communications, answers more questions related to the church and politics.
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Groundbreaking for Nigerian church radio
JALINGO, Nigeria (UM News) — Nigeria Area Bishop John Wesley Yohanna helped lay the foundation for Grace Radio, a new United Methodist radio station in Taraba State. "Our mission is to reach thousands for Christ and touch an untold number of lives," he said. The project is an initiative of the church in Nigeria in partnership with United Methodist Communications and the United Methodist Radio Network. The Rev. Ande I. Emmanuel and Micah Terah report.
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Great Plains Conference
Outdoor services old hat for this church

GARDEN CITY, Kan. — When the pandemic hit, lots of churches did a new thing by taking worship outdoors. But First United Methodist of Garden City has been having outdoor services since the late 1990s. David Burke reports.
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Baltimore-Washington Conference
Webinar looks at Christianity and white supremacy

WASHINGTON — The history of American Christianity is so intertwined with white supremacy that most people aren't aware, even if they benefit from it every day. That statement was at the heart of a Sept. 17 webinar hosted by Wesley Theological Seminary's Center for Public Theology, which explored the foundations of white supremacy in the church and ways to confront that entrenched system. Erik Alsgaard reports.
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Holston Conference
Student: Cross-racial unity helps everyone

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. — When Rita Castañon observes people clashing over issues around racism, she sees opportunities for Black and Brown people to unite and help build bridges for everybody. Annette Spence has a profile of the 23-year-old United Methodist for Hispanic Heritage Month.
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PRESS RELEASES

McMurry University
McMurry gets $3 million STEM grant

ABILENE, Texas — McMurry University, a United Methodist-related school, has been awarded a five-year, $3 million federal grant for expansion of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) degree programs. The grant will also help McMurry support Hispanic students in STEM studies.
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COMMENTARIES

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Kentucky Conference
Bishop pleads for peace in Louisville

CRESTWOOD, Ky. — Kentucky Conference Bishop Leonard Fairley asked for all to remain peaceful as they react to the indictment of a former Louisville officer for wanton endangerment connected to the fatal police shooting of Breonna Taylor. "Just as we are called not to condone injustice, neither can we condone violence in any form," Fairley said.
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