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Daily Digest - February 16, 2017

"God has called this church not to become history, but to make history." — The Rev. Richie Butler, on Dallas' St. Paul United Methodist Church.

Historic black church making new mark    

DALLAS (UMNS) — Few churches are as rich in black history as downtown Dallas’ St. Paul United Methodist. The church just went on the National Register of Historic Places and its pastor was recently honored for helping to bridge racial divides. St. Paul also is growing again, both in attendance and community influence. Sam Hodges reports.
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Way Forward group has membership change

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — The three bishops who moderate the Commission on a Way Forward gave an update on the group’s work and announced a change in commission membership. Bishop Ciriaco Francisco of the Philippines has withdrawn from the commission because of the demands on his schedule as leader of the Standing Committee on Central Conference Matters. Bishop Peter Torio, also of the Philippines, is succeeding Francisco on the commission. 
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Commentary: An executive order with memory

LOS ANGELES (UMNS) — As U.S. President Donald Trump wields the power of executive order, bringing fear to vulnerable communities in 21st-century America, Japanese Americans across the country recall a similar moment in history from the last century, writes the Rev. Mark M. Nakagawa with the California-Pacific Annual Conference. 
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Bishop Johnson: Celebrate today’s 'Hidden Figures'

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. (UMNS) —  After seeing the film “Hidden Figures,” Philadelphia Area Bishop Peggy Johnson notes that  “people who are hidden figures continue to abound in this world of ours.” In a blog, she calls on United Methodists to recognize the individuals who promote good in the world no matter their race, gender or walk of life. 
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United Methodist church was 'Hidden Figures' location 

ATLANTA (UMNS) — Collins Memorial United Methodist Church was used as a location for the movie “Hidden Figures.” The church’s interior, exterior and grounds were filmed for the box-office hit, the story of three African-American women who made significant contributions to the early U.S. space program. 
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What led a pastor to spend Easter weekend in a tent?

WINCHESTER, Va. — The Rev. Victor Gómez, pastor of two United Methodist churches in Winchester, spent the three days before Easter last year in a tent on a church parking lot to draw attention to immigrants who spend their days in harsher conditions. Ethics Daily offers his commentary. 
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LOOKING AHEAD

Here are some of the activities ahead for United Methodists across the connection. If you have a United Methodist event to share, you can add it to the calendar with this submission form.

Sunday, Feb. 26

Day 1 sermon — The Rev. Matt Rawle, lead pastor of Asbury United Methodist Church in Bossier City, Louisiana, is the featured preacher Feb. 26 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, the nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program also accessible online at Day1.org. Details

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