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Daily Digest - July 9, 2015


"I ultimately had to prayerfully sit and redefine my pre-existing concepts of mission, justice and even religion." — Maria Niechwiadowcz, a Global Mission Fellow serving in China.

Slideshow: 2015 annual conferences

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Each year, clergy and lay members attend their conference's session for worship, fellowship and to conduct business. Kathleen Barry, with help from conference volunteers, assembled a slideshow with highlights from many of the 2015 meetings around the global United Methodist Church. This is the first of two slideshows.
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China Mission Fellow:‘12 Lessons in 12 Months’

GUYUAN, China (UMNS) — “It’s all about the journey and it’s all about taking risks,” writes Maria Niechwiadowcz, a Global Mission Fellow with the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, as she shares the “12 Lessons in 12 Months” learned while on assignment with the Amity Foundation in China. She is teaching at Ningxia Teacher’s University.
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Conference helps tribe with firefighting

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. (UMNS) — As part of its commitment to healing relations with indigenous peoples, the Rocky Mountain Conference is working to improve firefighting capacity by the Northern Cheyenne Tribe. The conference has received grants from the United Methodist Committee on Relief and is combining that with fundraising to buy a fire engine and other equipment.
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Closed church gets new life

BARDWELL, Ky. (UMNS) — It’s always sad when a United Methodist church closes, but with endings sometimes come new beginnings. Bardwell First United Methodist Church, which closed in 2013, is reopening as the Carlisle County Museum and Library. The church’s history plays a role in its building’s new use. Lane Camp of the Memphis Conference has the story.
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Video: Are Christians serving an imaginary Jesus?

TIPP CITY, Ohio (UMNS) — The Rev. Adam Hamilton, lead pastor of United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, sat down with the Rev. Mike Slaughter, lead pastor of Ginghamsburg Church, a United Methodist congregation, to talk about why most Christians miss the true Jesus and often replace him with a sort of civil religion. Ginghamsburg Church posted a video of the pastors’ conversation.
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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.

Monday-Wednesday, July 13-15
The Rule of Saint-Whatever-Your-Name-Is Retreat — Event is at Scarritt Bennett Center’s Fondren Hall, 1008 19th Ave. S, Nashville, Tennessee. This retreat guides individuals through the spiritual practice of creating and sustaining their own Rule of Life, with the Rule of Saint Benedict as a guide. Robert Benson, author of more than a dozen books about the search for and the discovery of the holy in the midst of our everyday lives, leads the retreat. Details.

Wednesday, July 15
Deadline to apply master's degree programs at Wesley Theological Seminary — The United Methodist seminary in Washington, D.C., has extended its deadline for the fall semester. Details.

You can see more educational opportunities and other upcoming events in the life of the church here.