Daily Digest - February 6, 2017
"We wanted to do something that says thank you to the women who came before us because we know we are standing on their shoulders." — The Rev. Emily Peck-McClain, part of the #wepraywithher project.
Viewing Clinton's campaign through faith, gender
NEW YORK (UMNS) — When a group of young clergywomen joined an effort to provide a daily devotion to Hillary Clinton during the recent U.S. presidential campaign, they were looking to support a fellow United Methodist and also acknowledge the women who have broken both glass ceilings and stained-glass ceilings. Linda Bloom has the story.
Bible Quiz contestants conquer fear to inspire
MANILA, Philippines (UMNS) — The 10th National Bible Quiz Grand Finals had 40 contestants at Central United Methodist Church in Manila. The biennial event reflects 20 years of fruitful partnership between The United Methodist Church and the Philippine Bible Society. Gladys Mangiduyos reports.
Texas bishops appeal to Trump on immigration
FORT WORTH, Texas (UMNS) — Bishops Mike Lowry, Earl Bledsoe, Scott Jones, Mike McKee and Robert Schnase, representing the five United Methodists conferences in Texas, have issued an open letter calling on a “more compassionate response” to immigrants and refugees by President Donald Trump and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.
Read Central Texas Conference story
Carcaño offers solidarity to Muslims
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (UMNS) — During an interfaith prayer service, United Methodist Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño issued a letter of solidarity to mosques and Muslim religious leaders throughout Central and Northern California and Northern Nevada. Larry R. Hygh Jr. reports.
Circuit riders inspire new gospel music
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMC.org) — Gaither Music’s new gospel music DVD “Circuit Rider” uses excerpts from actual letters and journals written by the circuit riders who first brought Methodism to rural America. Christopher Fenoglio has the story.
Congregation grieves fire, considers next steps
LEBANON, Va. (UMNS) — Members of Bascom United Methodist Church are still grieving the loss of their church building to fire, even as they consider next steps. They hope those will include rebuilding. Annette Spence reports for the Holston Conference.
University Senate announces new members
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — The University Senate held its first meeting of the next four years with 13 new members. The University Senate is an elected body of professionals in higher education created by the General Conference to determine which schools, colleges, universities and theological schools meet the criteria to be institutions affiliated with The United Methodist Church.
Read press release
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.
Friday, Feb. 10
Ski Lake Junaluska — 6 p.m. EST. Leaders can customize their youth group retreats at Lake Junaluska by choosing from one of seven program weekends in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. Details
Saturday, Feb. 11
Annual Emory Sacred Harp Sing — 10 a.m.-3 p.m. EST. Canon Chapel at Emory University, 515 S. Kilgo Circle, Atlanta, Georgia. Sacred Harp singing is a form of a cappella shape-note singing. No prior experience is expected. Hymnals will be provided and there will be a potluck “Dinner on the Grounds.” Details