UMNS Weekly Digest - January 19, 2018
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NEWS AND FEATURES
United Methodists join in Trump rebuke
DALLAS (UMNS) — Many United Methodists, including the Council of Bishops, joined in the widespread criticism of President Trump for his reported remarks about African countries and Haiti during a recent White House meeting. Sam Hodges reports.
Bishops condemn Trump's remarks
Center will offer safety to Congo rape survivors
KINDU, Democratic Republic of Congo (UMNS) — Three United Methodist conferences are collaborating with the East Congo Conference to build the Mama Lynn Center. They are nearing their goal of providing safety in a place where rape is used as a weapon of war. Kathy L. Gilbert reports.
Auschwitz survivor, United Methodist dead at 92
WARSAW, Poland (UMNS) — A faithful and committed United Methodist who was one of the last surviving inmates of the infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi concentration camp died on Dec. 19, 2017. Jadwiga Bogucka-Regulska was 92. Kathy L. Gilbert reports.
The Detroit News
Albanian man takes sanctuary at Detroit church
DETROIT — Central United Methodist Church has given sanctuary to an Albanian man facing deportation. The church is one of many declared sanctuaries for undocumented immigrants facing expulsion under stronger enforcement of U.S. immigration laws. Leonard N. Fleming reports.
Judicial Council cancels spring meeting
CHICAGO — The executive committee of the United Methodist Judicial Council has canceled the council’s April meeting in Atlanta. To be good stewards of church funds, the council will defer the two docket items that had been submitted for April to its October meeting, said the Rev. Luan-Vu “Lui” Tran, council secretary.
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Going a little batty at Ganta Hospital
GANTA, Liberia (UMNS) — Contrary to some media reports, flying bats did not disrupt operations recently at Ganta United Methodist Hospital. However, hunters firing stones at the bats roosting in trees on the hospital grounds did cause some problems, said Patrick Mantor, hospital administrator. Julu Swen reports.
Fifth-graders help right 60-year-old wrong
POCONOS, Pa. — About 60 years ago, the Rev. Gilbert Caldwell and his wife, Grace, were denied their reservation at their honeymoon destination because they are black. Fifth-graders heard about the United Methodist couple’s experience and began a letter-writing campaign to right the wrong. Steve Hartman reports.
The Daily Times
Church assumes larger role in homeless ministry
MARYVILLE, Tenn. — Maryville First United Methodist Church found more room at the inn to help participants in Family Promise, a program where churches give homeless families a place to stay at their houses of worship. When two churches dropped out of the program upon learning of a same-sex couple seeking shelter, Maryville First offered to house additional families to make up for the loss. "This is what we do," said the Rev. Catherine Nance, senior pastor. Melanie Tucker reports.
Blind artist beats odds, gives back
LEAWOOD, Kan. (UMC.org) — A legally blind artist who taught himself to paint while undergoing chemotherapy as a child has raised millions for charity with his art. Celebrities like Elton John and Billy Joel are among those who have bought paintings by Jeff Hanson, a young United Methodist.
Higher Education and Ministry
Agency names leadership development director
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry announced the appointment of Sarah E. Bollinger as the director of leadership development in collegiate ministry.
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Lifewatch holds annual worship service
WASHINGTON — The annual Lifewatch worship service was held Jan. 19 at the United Methodist Building, 100 Maryland Ave. The Rev. David F. Watson, professor of New Testament and vice president for academic affairs and academic dean at United Methodist United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, gave the sermon. Following the March for Life, Lifewatch also held its board meeting in the United Methodist Building. Lifewatch is an unofficial United Methodist group that advocates against abortion.
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Justice for Our Neighbors
Immigration ministry protests Trump action
SPRINGFIELD, Va. — National Justice for Our Neighbors, a United Methodist ministry that provides legal services to immigrants, has issued a statement denouncing the Trump Administration’s decision to revoke Temporary Protected Status for some 200,000 El Salvadorans in the U.S.
World Council of Churches
Observing Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
GENEVA (WCC) — Christians across the world will pray and worship together Jan. 18-25 during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Churches in the Caribbean have prepared resources for the 2018 observance, with a text jointly published by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the World Council of Churches.
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United Methodists asked to join prayer for Christian unity
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Bread for the World
New devotional guide honors King's legacy
WASHINGTON — A new weekly devotional guide for 2018, “In Times Like These: A Pan-African Christian Devotional Guide for Public Policy Engagement,” honors the 50th anniversary of the martyrdom of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and the rise of the Poor People’s Campaign. United Methodist Women is among the partners supporting this downloadable resource from Bread for the World.
Be fruitful and multiply like Jesus
CASPER, Wyo. — Being fruitful like Jesus, writes the Rev. Rebekah Simon-Peter, means knowing when to delegate. “Doing it all is not Christ-like, and it’s not leadership,” the church consultant writes.
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