Daily Digest - January 17, 2020

“These two men may well have fought each other on the battlefield. But here in the church, they were together as brothers in Christ.”The Rev. Charles Harrell, discussing U.S.-Russian teams working together as United Methodists.


NEWS AND FEATURES

Global Ministries

Forging long-lasting U.S.-Russia relations 

ATLANTA — Results of a longtime connection between the Baltimore-Washington Conference and United Methodists in Eurasia include Camp Kristall, which draws both U.S. and Eurasian teams of youth and young adults, along with student volunteers from many nations, especially Africa. It’s all part of the denomination’s In Mission Together program. Christie R. House has the story. 
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Alabama-West Florida Conference
Southeastern Jurisdiction mulls number of bishops

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Amid discussions of potential church separation, the Southeastern Jurisdiction made plans to hold its regularly scheduled bishop elections in July. Five bishops in the jurisdiction are retiring. The Southeastern Jurisdiction Committee on the Episcopacy plans to make its final recommendation for the number of bishops to be elected after the 2020 General Conference.
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No Daily Digest on Jan. 20

There will be no Daily Digest on Jan. 20 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The digest will return on Jan. 21. The Daily Digest also will be suspended Jan. 23-24 while staff take part in the 2020 Pre-General Conference Briefing, hosted by UM News in Nashville. 

A look back at MLK and Selma marches
SELMA, Ala. (UM News) — To commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, observed on Jan. 20 this year, UM News revisits its 2015 trip to Selma to cover the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches. The marches were organized by King and other civil rights leaders to protest institutional racism and support the rights of African Americans to vote. 
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United Methodists return for Bloody Sunday 50th


PRESS RELEASES

Global Ministries, UMCOR
UMCOR names new executive director

ATLANTA — The new executive director of the United Methodist Committee on Relief, effective Feb. 3, is Lara S. Martin, currently the manager of education and programs at the Center for Humanitarian Emergencies of Emory University. Formerly with Save the Children in Washington, Martin is a member of North Decatur United Methodist Church in suburban Atlanta. Elliott Wright reports.
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Tennessee Conference
Foundation enriches senior ministries

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Golden Cross Foundation, an extension ministry of the Tennessee Conference, awarded more than $100,000 to churches and organizations in 2019 for ministries serving older adults. The grants have been used to start an iPad pilot project, retrofit churches with ramps and lifts, provide financial assistance for feeding ministries and help launch an intergenerational home-sharing program. 
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COMMENTARIES
UM News includes in the Daily Digest various commentaries about issues in the denomination. The opinion pieces reflect a variety of viewpoints and are the opinions of the writers, not the UM News staff.

West Ohio Conference
How did John Wesley handle money?

SPRING ARBOR, Mich. — John Wesley, Methodism’s founder, grew up poor. But the sale of his writings and his preaching made him one of England’s wealthiest men. He made sure to give almost all of it away. Charles Edward White, a professor at Spring Arbor College, writes about Wesley’s stewardship of money.
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