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Daily Digest - January 23, 2017


"We forget that sanctuary is an expression of our faith that comes from Scripture, from the lips of Jesus, who calls us to welcome the stranger. It is a call to discipleship." — Bishop Minerva Carcaño, California-Nevada Conference.

United Methodist churches offer sanctuary

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — More than 800 places of worship — including some 60 United Methodist churches — vow to shelter and protect immigrants fearing deportation under the administration of President Donald Trump. Kathy L. Gilbert has the story.
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New York Conference immigration forum and vigil

Commentary: A student's viewpoint of the inauguration

WASHINGTON (UMNS) — Tennessee Wesleyan University student Todd Cox traveled with a group from the school to attend the Jan. 20 inauguration of President Donald Trump. He shared his thoughts on the experience with United Methodist News Service.
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Church offers inauguration, women's march hospitality

WASHINGTON (UMNS) — Capitol Hill United Methodist Church opened its doors to offer hospitality during both the inauguration of President Donald Trump and the Women’s March on Washington. “We want to be a visible witness to the world that the church is open as folks struggle with the issues going on in our world,” the pastor said. Erik Alsgaard reports for the Baltimore-Washington Conference.
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Georgia church, community hit hard by storms

BAXLEY, Ga. (UMNS) — Zoar United Methodist Church suffered major damage to its sanctuary in deadly storms that swept through the southeast on Jan. 20-21. At least 19 people died and damages were reported in Georgia, Mississippi and South Carolina. The community around the El Faro United Methodist Hispanic congregation in Albany, Georgia, also was hit hard. The South Georgia Conference has a report.
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United Methodists 'blitz' hurricane-stricken town

SELLERS, S.C. (UMNS) — The tiny town of Sellers, already a poverty-stricken area before October’s Hurricane Matthew, was badly affected after two storm-swamped rivers overflowed and flooded the region. However, after a Jan. 13-14 hurricane blitz organized by the South Carolina Conference, many of those homeowners are on the road to recovery. Jessica Brodie of the South Carolina United Methodist Advocate reports.
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Earl is new UMCOR disaster response director

ATLANTA (UMNS) — Catherine G. Earl, an experienced professional in disaster readiness, response and recovery, is the new director of U.S. operations and partner relations of the United Methodist Committee on Relief. Elliott Wright reports for the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, UMCOR’s parent agency. 
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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.

Monday, Jan. 30

Online Lay Servant Workshop: Life Together in the United Methodist Connection — This United Methodist polity course can help both newcomers and longtime members. The course addresses questions such as why the church does things the way it does, why pastors are moved and what General Conference actions might affect churches. Details

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