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Daily Digest: May 20, 2014

“Renewal’s not going to come because you passed some legislation. We’ve got to get on our face before God.” – Retired Bishop Violet Fisher at the Gathering of the Aldersgate Covenant.

Aldersgate Covenant event focuses on Holy Spirit
LEAWOOD, Kan. (UMNS) — More than 160 people attended the Gathering of the Aldersgate Covenant on May 16-17 at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kan. Many described it as a church meeting like no other. The weekend’s event focused on prayer for the Holy Spirit to revive the people called United Methodist.  Amy Forbus of the Arkansas Annual (regional) Conference has the story. Kathryn Witte of the Great Plains Conference also contributed to this story.

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United Methodist staff connects with China partners
NEW YORK (UMNS) — For several decades, Liu Ruhong supervised United Methodists who came to China to teach English or to work as short-term volunteers through the nonprofit Amity Foundation. Now, she is working for the church itself.

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Here’s how to #changetheworld
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Thousands of United Methodists rolled up their sleeves over the weekend to address the needs of their neighbors locally and globally. Many shared their activities via social media outlets.

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NCC condemns death sentence for Sudanese woman
WASHINGTON (UMNS) — Officers of the National Council of Churches have condemned “in the strongest possible words” the death sentence in Sudan for a woman whose only crime was to marry a Christian man. Jim Winkler, a United Methodist and top executive at the Council of Churches, said the sentencing of Meriam Yahya Ibrahim Ishag “is inhuman and an act of unspeakable religious ignorance and bigotry. It is a fundamental violation of the most basic religious precepts that declare God’s love and openness to all people.”

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Curating a “ministry of memory”
MADISON, N.J. (UMNS) — In appreciation of Heritage Sunday, observed this month, umc.org presents a visual trip through the Commission on Archives and History’s collection of rare and treasured pieces of Methodism.

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NOMADS wander for good causes
MOORE, Okla. (UMNS) — By day, the volunteers worked on tornado repair and rehabilitation projects. By night, they met at First United Methodist Church to eat and sleep. They are NOMADS — Nomads On a Mission Active in Divine Service. NewsOK.com reports.

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History of Hymns: ‘Lonely the Boat’
DALLAS (UMNS) — This hymn, No. 476 in the United Methodist Hymnal, is the creation of Helen Kim. Kim, born Kim Hwal-lan, was one of the most important Korean Methodists of the 20th century. In this post-9/11 world, “Lonely the Boat” still offers comfort and hope to a world full of war and terrorism, writes C. Michael Hawn of Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology.

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Raleigh, N.C., church goes green for God
RALEIGH, N.C. (UMNS) — The community garden at Highland United Methodist Church is just one of the ways the church is tending the earth, reports the Newsobserver.com. During the 11 a.m. worship service June 15, the congregation will dedicate the 136 solar panels being added to the flat rooftop.

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Wesley Theological Seminary honors alum
WASHINGTON (UMNS) — At the Wesley Theological Seminary commencement ceremony May 12, David McAllister-Wilson, president of the United Methodist seminary, presented the 2014 Society of John Wesley Award of Merit. This year’s recipient is the Rev. Kenda Creasy Dean, the Mary D. Synnott Professor of Youth, Church and Culture at Princeton Theological Seminary.

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