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Daily Digest - May 8, 2017

“I’m not a polished speaker; I don’t like speaking in public. I’m an RN, but I’m a mom and I’m on a mission.” — Chris Schwind, whose daughter was murdered in 2004.

United Methodists share story of daughter's murder 

WASHINGTON (UMNS) — A United Methodist couple from Michigan drove 600 miles to celebrate their daughter’s short life and share the story of her murder as part of a summit on gun violence. Erik Alsgaard reports.
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Ending famine: a global invitation to pray

GENEVA (WCC) — As more people face famine today than any time in modern history, the World Council of Churches, All Africa Conference of Churches and a range of faith-based partners and networks are calling for a Global Day of Prayer to End Famine on Sunday, May 21. Among the partners are the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries and United Methodist Committee on Relief.
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Sharing success at Pan-African Health Summit

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Partners from 20 countries participated in the fifth Pan-African Health Summit April 24-26, organized by the Global Health unit of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries. Bella DiFilippo has the story for Global Ministries.
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UMCOR responds to U.S. storms

ATLANTA — The United Methodist Committee on Relief is responding to the damage left in the wake of flooding and severe storms in Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi and Texas. 
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6 ways to turn a church inside out

MINNEAPOLIS — To connect with people, churches need to meet them where they are, writes Ben Ingebretson, the director of new church development for the Dakotas and Minnesota conferences. He offers six practical ways churchgoers can air out their church by taking their ministry into public spaces. The Lewis Center for Church Leadership shares his ideas.
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Registration open for Leadership Institute

LEAWOOD, Kan. — Registration is open for Leadership Institute 2017 on Sept. 27-29 at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection. Speakers include the Revs. Olu Brown and Adam Weber, founding pastors of two of the fastest-growing United Methodist churches in the United States. Through July 13, the super early bird rate is $35 for the pre-institute and $149 for the Leadership Institute.
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LOOKING AHEAD

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.

Thursday, May 11

Guatemala Summit — 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Eastern, First United Methodist Church, 242 N. Fayetteville St., Asheboro, North Carolina. Share experiences and learn about mission opportunities in Guatemala. The Rev. Patrick Friday, United Methodist Board of Global Ministries missionary, will discuss 50/50 ministry partnerships. Details

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