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Daily Digest - November 10, 2015


“Throughout my tour of duty, I was continually impressed to see the reach of ‘Strength for Service to God and Country’ in the combat theater.” — The Rev. Richard Pusateri, chaplain, on the historic book of devotions.

Devotional for veterans, active duty

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Congregations that want to do more than pray for veterans on Veterans Day might consider providing copies of a historic book of devotions to military troops and veterans in Veterans Affairs hospitals. Chaplains who distribute “Strength for Service to God and Country” say the devotionals have an impressive reach and a powerful spiritual effect. Rich Peck reports.
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Football star feeds hungry children

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. ( — Brandon Chubb, captain of the Wake Forest University football team and an active member of Ben Hill United Methodist Church back home in Atlanta, is using his status as a local celebrity for more than winning games. Chubb is one of thousands of volunteers in the H.O.P.E. ministry, which bridges the food gap between school lunch on Friday and breakfast on Monday.
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Chaplains reflect on calling to military

OCEAN, N. J. (UMNS) — The call to ministry and the call to serve in the military are life-changing, said pastors who have answered both calls. In honor of Veterans Day, Jeff Wolfe interviewed Greater New Jersey pastors about their service as military chaplains.
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Conference delegation
heads to Cambodia

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (UMNS) — Bishop Jane Middleton is leading a New York Conference delegation that leaves Nov. 12 for Cambodia and South Korea. The delegation will attend the dedication of a chapel at Okroch Methodist Church in Cambodia to be named for the Rev. Randolph Nugent.
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Vital conversations: Building the beloved community

WASHINGTON (UMNS) — The United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race will offer the second installment of its “Vital Conversations” web series at 9 p.m. EST Wednesday, Nov. 11. The Rev. Miguel De La Torre, a professor of social ethics and Latino/a studies at the United Methodist Iliff School of Theology, will discuss "Church: Building the Beloved Community."
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Commentary: How to address hot topics

LEAWOOD, Kan. (UMNS) — “If you hope to influence an audience … you should treat those on either side with respect,” writes the Rev. Adam Hamilton, senior pastor of United Methodist Church of the Resurrection. He shares what he has learned about speaking on controversial subjects. Ministry Matters shares this excerpt from his new book, “Speaking Well.”
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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.

Saturday, Nov. 14
"Increasing Active Engagement: A Reach New Disciples Conference" — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington. The Lewis Center for Church Leadership will help church leaders explore best practices for keeping people in your congregation involved. $55. 0.5 clergy continuing education unit available for $10. Details.

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