Daily Digest - March 3, 2017
"I think, in this moment, a lot of attention centers on a very small number of people, comparably, that are eligible to be resettled in the U.S., and what should not be lost is the magnitude of the crisis of displaced persons around the world." — The Rev. John McCullough, a United Methodist and president and CEO of Church World Service, on the refugee crisis.
Religious leaders stand for refugees
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — United Methodists are among religious leaders calling for welcoming and restoring hope to the 66 million displaced people in the world and opposing executive orders from the Trump administration. Kathy L. Gilbert reports.
Agency recruits churches for health initiative
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — The United Methodist Board of Global Ministries hopes to unite 10,000 churches in an initiative called Abundant Health: Our Promise to Children. The program encourages churches to help save lives by promoting safe births, good nutrition, breastfeeding and childhood-disease prevention. Emily Snell reports for Interpreter magazine.
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Church, campus ministry merge
CARROLLTON, Ga. (UMNS) — In June, St. Andrew United Methodist Church and the now-closed Wesley Foundation of the University of West Georgia will merge, working together to launch a new church. This Vital Merger might be the first between a church and campus ministry, leaders said. Sybil Davidson reports for the North Georgia Conference.
A pastor, imam and rabbi walk into SpiritCon …
DENVER — SpiritCon, a February event aimed at finding commonalities and unity among Christians, Muslims and Jews, drew 20 speakers and 150 participants to Park Hill United Methodist Church. Melinda Pearson of FrontPorchStapleton.com reports.
Brown named interim higher education exec
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — The United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry has named Ted Brown as the interim associate general secretary for the agency’s Division of Higher Education. Brown recently retired as president of Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, Tennessee.
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National ad campaign extends Easter invitation
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Miracles, and what children have to say about them, will be the focus of The United Methodist Church’s national Easter advertising campaign and accompanying local church resources this spring.
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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.
Tuesday, March 14
"Leadership Transitions: Pastoral and Key Leadership Changes" — 8-9 p.m. EST. This webinar will help lay and clergy manage the transition when there are key leadership changes at a church. Offered by United Methodist Discipleship Ministry, the webinar also will help participants develop ministry action plans and identify dates when the congregation can bid farewell and embrace new leadership in healthy ways. Details