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Daily Digest February 12, 2016


“This hospital has a good reputation because of its relationship to The United Methodist Church.  . . . We need scholarships for training young people as doctors, nurses and specialists.” – Dr. Claude Watukalus, one of two doctors at Nyamianda Hospital in Uvira, Democratic Republic of Congo.

Clinics, hospitals serve many with few resources

BUKAVU, Democratic Republic of the Congo (UMNS) — Nyamianda Hospital and Mangobo, Irambo and Goma clinics all have many things in common – not enough staff, not enough equipment and not enough medicine. The hospitals and clinics are all also United Methodist health centers that are places of safety and refugee in East Congo Conference. Kathy L. Gilbert and Mike DuBose have the story.

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WASP, 94, recalls WW2 service

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Of the 22 Indiana women who were part of the Women Airforce Service Pilots program during World War II, Mary Anna Martin “Marty” Wyall, 94, is the last survivor. The daughter of a Methodist minister, the former WASP was interviewed Feb. 8 for the Veterans History Project, a growing archive of veterans’ recollections stored at the Library of Congress. An active member of First Wayne Street United Methodist Church, she also was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 2010. Brian Francisco of the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette has the story.

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Don’t look to John Wesley for love advice

NASHVILLE, Tenn. ( — United Methodists turn to John Wesley as an authority on many aspects of life. Romantic love, however, should not be one of them. Joe Iovino explains.
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Podcasts tackle faith and race

FERGUSON, Mo. (UMNS) — The death of Michael Brown and ensuing protests in Ferguson led many Missouri congregations to have tough conversations about race. The Missouri Conference, including Wellspring Church in Ferguson, this week started releasing the Faith and Race Podcast and curriculum to help other churches hold constructive dialogue about race and the church. Each podcast will consist of 20- to 25-minute interviews released every Wednesday.

To access the podcast on Facebook

To access podcast on iTunes

Second North Texas church burns

DALLAS (UMNS) — A second North Texas Conference church has lost its sanctuary to fire. Grove Hill United Methodist, near Leonard, Texas, burned to the ground on Feb. 6. Fire leveled Marvin United Methodist Church, about 20 miles away, on Jan. 30. The North Texas Conference reports that authorities are investigating.

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Cupid’s arrows fly at Valentine’s event

CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio ( — Flowers and chocolate, dinner and a movie – these are expected Valentine’s Day formulas. But how about real bows and arrows?  Northampton United Methodist Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, uses archery to celebrate the holiday and tighten the strings of couples’ hearts.
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Support needed for diversity in academics

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — In a 2014 survey of 2,000 United Methodist church pastors and leaders, more than half had little or no knowledge about the Black College Fund. A new video, produced by The Black College Fund Office at the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry, details the fund’s vitality and its continued need for support.

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‘Journey’ series highlights biblical women

CHICAGO (UMNS) — “A Journey in Her Shoes,” a sermon series about biblical women suitable for Lent, Women’s History Month and other occasions, has been released by the United Methodist Commission on the Status and Role of Women.

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Looking ahead

Here are some of the activities ahead for United Methodists across the connection. If you have an item to share, email and put Digest in the subject line.


Tuesday, Feb. 16


Missing in Action: The Disappearance of Progressive Christianity in the Movement to End Human Trafficking Faculty Lecture  — 7 p.m. EST, Alford Centrum, Methodist Theological School, 3081 Columbus Pike, Delaware, Ohio. Yvonne Zimmerman, associate professor of Christian ethics, addresses the question of whether progressive Christians, in their effort to participate in the movement to end human trafficking, are losing their distinctive voice. Free. Details


Randolph-Macon College presents “The Life and Times of Elizabeth Keckly” — 6 p.m. EST. United Methodist-related Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia, will present this documentary celebrating Elizabeth Keckly, in the SunTrust Theater, Brock Commons. Born into slavery in Virginia, Keckly purchased her freedom after amassing $1,200 by supporting herself as a seamstress. A panel discussion follows. Details

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