Daily Digest - July 12, 2017
Becoming fishers of young men
INDIANAPOLIS (UMNS) — United Methodist Men during their national gathering heard ideas on where to cast their nets to draw in millennial disciples. It starts with meeting them where they are. Heather Hahn has the story.
Inmates learn to grow food
HARARE, Zimbabwe (UMNS) — Seventeen inmates at a prison in Harare have learned to grow food through a program organized by The United Methodist Church and the Zimbabwe Prison and Correctional Service, graduating with certificates in horticulture. Kudzai Chingwe reports.
Women are majority in general agency workforce
CHICAGO — A desk audit of The United Methodist Church’s general agencies, conducted by the Commission on the Status and Role of Women, showed that women comprise two-thirds of the general agency workforce. Fifty percent of those in the top position of general secretary are women, compared to 31 percent in a 2007 audit. See more on the 2017 audit results in the commission’s “Women by the Numbers.”
Read “Women by the Numbers”
Memphis church advocates for refugees
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Members of Christ United Methodist Church in Memphis joined with 10 other evangelical churches and spent World Refugee Day on Capitol Hill, speaking up for those forced to flee their homelands. Bob Whitsitt, in a blog, talks about the meetings with national leaders and the rigor of the U.S. vetting program for refugees.
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North Carolina pastor walks for children’s health care
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. — The Rev. James Brigman, pastor at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, is walking about 375 miles to Washington to help focus attention on what proposed Medicaid cuts would mean for medically fragile children like his 9-year-old daughter, Lauren Faith.
Follow his journey
15 receive Francis Asbury Award
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry presented the Francis Asbury Award to 15 individuals and one group from across the U.S. This annual award recognizes and encourages support of higher education and campus ministries within The United Methodist Church.
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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, July 17-Friday, July 28
Online Lay Servant Workshop: Afire With God — Becoming Spirited Stewards. This online workshop challenges churches to go beyond thinking in terms of dollars contributed to seeing stewardship as becoming living examples of the Gospel. This course from United Methodist BeADisciple.com is eligible for 1.0 CEU and has been approved by Discipleship Ministries as an advanced course in Lay Servant Ministries. Details