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Daily Digest February 17, 2016

 "We advocate the need for every United Methodist to have a safe and sacred space to discern God's will and purpose for the Church…. Every person's sacred worth is treasured regardless of gender orientation and preference.” — Statement from the Philippines Central Conference College of Bishops.

 

Filipino United Methodists hold sexuality dialogue

MANILA, Philippines (UMNS) — Two hundred people gathered recently at Central United Methodist Church to talk about how to be in ministry with LGBTQ people. Gladys P. Mangiduyos reports.

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Honduras trip underscores immigration crisis

SPRINGFIELD, Va. (UMNS) — “The will to live in safety cannot be discouraged through policy,” writes Melissa Bowe, National Justice for Our Neighbors director, after visiting Honduras. People of faith must see the humanitarian crisis underlying immigration, she argues. NJFON is a United Methodist immigration ministry.
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Church promotes education in Congo

NICEVILLE, Fla. (UMNS) — Crosspoint United Methodist Church has formed lasting relationships with the people of the North Katanga Annual Conference in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The church also has provided them with Bibles, bicycles and tools for improving schools. The United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry reports.
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Young Preachers Festival opens registration

LEAWOOD, Kan. (UMNS)  — Registration is open for the July 21-22 Young Preachers Festival and Conference, at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas. Co-sponsored by the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry, the event aims to boost the preaching skills of seminarians, declared candidates for ministry and young clergy. The $69 early-bird discount goes through May 31.
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Bread campaign: Survive and Thrive

WASHINGTON (UMNS) — Bread for the World’s 2016 Offering of Letters: Survive and Thrive, which focuses on the nutrition and health of mothers and children, debuts this month. Zambia will feature prominently in the campaign’s stories. The country is a focus of the Feed the Future program — the U.S. government's global food security initiative.
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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 newsdesk@umcom.org and put Digest in the subject line.

Tuesday, Feb. 23

Webinar “Quick and Dirty Intro to Live Streaming Worship” ─ 6 to 7 p.m. CST. This session will provide an overview of how to live stream church services and events. Topics: necessary hardware, hospitality issues (including chat rooms), and whether to upload print content. Practical Resources for Churches, an ecumenical group, presents this webinar. Details

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