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Daily Digest February 3, 2016

"I like the tough questions, and I like people to ask them. I was happy to be able to dispel some of the misconceptions about Islam." — Zee Mohamed, an accountant and practicing Muslim, about an interfaith event in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Muslims talk about faith at church gathering

BATON ROUGE, La. — About 200 people listened as a handful of Baton Rouge Muslims took the stage at Broadmoor United Methodist Church on Jan. 31 to explain their faith, answer questions and dispel a host of misconceptions about Islam. Bryn Stole has the story for The Advocate. Read story

Using table tennis to respond to tragedy

YORK, Pa. — The Stewartstown United Methodist Church Table Tennis Club holds tournaments twice a year to benefit the two school-age sons of a couple who died in a murder-suicide a few years ago. The tournaments do not bring in a lot of money, said Jim Starr, club coordinator, but he thinks it is important to remember the family. Teresa Boeckel reports for the York Daily Record. Read story

Emory get $600,000 grant for youth theological education

ATLANTA (UMNS) — A $600,000 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. will make way for a new program at Emory University geared toward connecting high school students to theology and faith. Read press release

The importance of Disability Awareness Sunday

FULTON, Md. (UMNS) ─ United Methodists are asked to observe Disability Awareness Sunday at least once a year. The Rev. Leo Yates Jr. says the Sunday is an opportunity to look around to see who is not in worship. In his commentary, Yates shares resources for observances and tells how the church can welcome people with disabilities and their families. Read commentary

Church honors faithful centenarian

CHICAGO (UMNS) – Fred Altergott rarely missed a Sunday service or ministry opportunity in his 65 years at Redeemer of Calvary United Methodist Church. So it was fitting that when Altergott celebrated his 100th birthday, the church honored him. Susan Keaton reports for the Northern Illinois Conference. Read story

Resources for One Great Hour of Sharing

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) ─ United Methodist Communications is providing new resources for pastors and lay leaders to use in promoting One Great Hour of Sharing, which will be Sunday, March 6, this year. Offerings on this Special Sunday support the administrative costs of the United Methodist Committee on Relief. See resources

Looking ahead

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

The month of February

Black History Month ─ United Methodist Discipleship Ministries offers worship resources.

Sunday, Feb. 7

Transfiguration Sunday — United Methodist Discipleship Ministries has worship resources.

More upcoming United Methodist events