UM News Daily Digest of November 23, 2021

Group gets immersion in Native history, concerns

United Methodist Women
Rittenhouse verdict lamented

Florida Conference
Pastor creates oasis behind bars

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Needing Bread (from UCC Daily Devotional)

The disciples came to Jesus and said, “Send the crowds away, so they may go buy food.” Jesus said, “You give them something to eat.” – Matthew 14:15-16 excerpted (NRSV)

It used to be that if you didn’t understand it, weren’t baptized, didn’t believe correctly, or weren’t morally pure, you were barred from Communion. It was called “fencing the table.” Everybody did it.

But these days some churches are unfencing. Completely. They say Jesus never turned anyone away from his table, so neither should we.

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Our Afghan friends need your support.

Our Afghan friends need your support.

Most of our Afghan neighbors are arriving with humanitarian parole, which only temporarily allows people fleeing danger to remain in the U.S. These Afghans will need to find another pathway to safety once their parole expires.

To ensure that Afghans find real, lasting safety in the U.S., Congress must pass the Afghan Adjustment Act, which would allow Afghan humanitarian parolees to seek legal permanent residence in the United States. 

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German pastor sentenced for providing asylum

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“The fact that people are criminalized if, after careful consideration and consultation, they grant church asylum to others in an extreme emergency situation must not go unchallenged.” — Bishop Harald Rückert, who leads The United Methodist Church in Germany.

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German pastor sentenced for providing asylum

PEGNITZ, Germany (UM News) — In January, the Rev. Stefan Schörk granted asylum in his church to a young man from Iran. Now, the United Methodist pastor faces a penalty of 1,500 Euros (more than $1,700 U.S.) and two years of probation for “aiding and abetting unauthorized residence.” Klaus Ulrich Ruof reports.

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Observing Native American Month

November 8, 2021 | We celebrate the heritage of Native people
“A shoot shall come up from the stump of Jesse, and a branch will grow out of his roots. The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide by what his ears hear; but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; he shall strike the earth with the rode of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist, and faithfulness the belt around his loin.” —  Isaiah 11: 1-5 (NRSV)
Invisible, forgotten, the asterisk problem. These are often the qualifiers that precede news articles addressing the current reality for Native American populations within the United States. But those descriptors are as much a part of the problem as the problems they seek to address.
According to Merriam Webster, the definition of the word invisible is, “incapable by nature
of being seen; not perceptible by vision.” That definition represents an aspect of physics, but the current state of affairs for Native Americans goes beyond this. The reality is that whether or not we see our brothers and sisters has everything to do with making a conscious choice.

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