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Daily Digest - December 13, 2016


"I don’t want a congregation that’s built around one theological idea or point of view." — The Rev. Randy Jessen, pastor of Parker United Methodist Church in Parker, Colorado.


The Rev. Randy Jessen is a self-described Wesleyan Orthodox Methodist, leading a congregation (Parker United Methodist) with diverse views on homosexuality, in a progressive conference now overseen by a lesbian bishop. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS.


Traditionalist pastor finds way in challenging time

PARKER, Colo. (UMNS) — The Rev. Randy Jessen is a self-described Wesleyan Orthodox Methodist. He leads a church with diverse views on homosexuality, in the progressive Rocky Mountain Conference, which now has a lesbian bishop. Sam Hodges reports that Jessen is finding his way in a challenging time.

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German churches welcoming refugees

WASHINGTON (UMNS) — United Methodists in Germany are rising to the challenge of Europe’s migration crisis. A video “shows the rest of the church how to meaningfully engage in ministries with migrants and refugees,” the denomination’s Board of Church and Society points out.

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Need for Hurricane Matthew relief

ATLANTA (UMNS) — Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson of the North Georgia Conference recently visited North and South Carolina and reported on the great, long-term needs following Hurricane Matthew. “We are here because North Georgia is one of the only annual conferences in the Southeastern Jurisdiction that is unaffected by natural disaster,” the bishop said. “There is work to do here.”
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Rising above the ashes

CORINTH, Miss. (UMNS) — A fire that nearly destroyed Corinth First United Methodist Church has not extinguished the congregation’s generosity to its community. Tamica Smith Jeuitt writes about the giving church.
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Grant to address clergy finances

EVANSTON, Ill. (UMNS) — Lilly Endowment Inc. recently awarded Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary a $750,000 grant to help pastors obtain the education and business skills they need to be financially literate and address the economic challenges facing congregations today.
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Can we 'command' God to action?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — The latest question for Ask the UMC was: “Does the church believe we can ‘command’ God to perform acts?” InfoServ, a ministry of United Methodist Communications, responds to this and other church-related questions.
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Looking ahead

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


Saturday, Dec. 24

Christmas Eve — United Methodist Discipleship Ministries offers ideas for a service of lessons and carols as well as ways to welcome Christmas guests. Resources


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