Daily Digest - April 12, 2021


Ask The UMC
Exploring the meaning of resurrection

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — What do United Methodists believe about resurrection? It is important to begin with what resurrection is not, writes Ask The UMC, a ministry of United Methodist Communications. "Resurrection is not like zombies pushing their way out of graves and tombs and roaming the streets in hordes. Resurrection does not make people or bodies 'undead.' Resurrection makes people truly, fully and completely alive."
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South Georgia Conference
Church returns home after more than 2 years

COLQUITT, Ga. — After being displaced for two years, four months and 11 days, the Colquitt United Methodist Church congregation has finally returned home. Kara Witherow reports on the congregation’s recovery and rebuilding after the wreckage caused by Hurricane Michael in 2018. 
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Hollywood United Methodist Church
Pauley Perrette urges COVID-19 vaccinations

LOS ANGELES — Actress Pauley Perrette lost her father to COVID-19 before vaccines became available. She and other members of Hollywood United Methodist used a Facebook video post to support the effort to get people vaccinated for COVID-19 as soon as possible.
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United Methodist Women
Grant allows African woman to pursue her dream

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — A grant by the United Methodist Economic Development Initiative allowed Rachael Caulker to learn to be a make-up artist. She now has a salon and says business is getting better as COVID-19 infection rates fall. Keziah Kargbo reports.
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California-Pacific Conference
Japanese culture explored in workshops

PASADENA, Calif. — Online workshops in onigiri and origami offered in the West District aim to bridge the cultures of African American and Japanese people. The workshop on onigiri, which is considered the “soul food” of Japan, was held on March 27. The origami workshop on Japanese paper craft will be scheduled in April. The initiative grew out of conversations between the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles and local pastors.
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New 2020 annual conference reports posted
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UM News) — United Methodist News is posting 2020 annual conference reports. New this week is Mountain Sky. 
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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.

Faith & Leadership
A pastoral response to conspiracy believers

UNIONTOWN, Ohio — The Rev. Derek Kubilus, pastor of Uniontown United Methodist Church, has a podcast that addresses QAnon and other conspiracy theories from a Christian perspective. He elaborates on his concerns, both for conspiracy theory believers and their loved ones, in a column for the Faith & Leadership website.
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Higher Education and Ministry
Conversation with Rick Steves now online

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry recently hosted a conversation with PBS travel host Rick Steves on “Travel as a Spiritual Act.” The agency has posted a recording of that conversation.
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Virginia church contemplates racism in the ranks

Commentary: Mission and leadership in the new United Methodism


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