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Daily Digest - November 10, 2017


"I’ve gotten a dozen requests today, and I haven’t even gotten to all the emails." — the Rev. Hollie Tapley, disaster response coordinator for the Great Plains Conference, on churches wanting active-shooter training.  



More churches seek active shooter training

DALLAS (UMNS) — The massacre at a Texas Baptist church has United Methodist churches across the United States re-focusing on security, including seeking training for what to do in the case of an active shooter. Sam Hodges reports.
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Michigan Conference
Urban farmers bless Flint

FLINT, Mich. – Asbury United Methodist Church is sowing seeds of trust among its neighbors who still are suffering from the effects of lead contamination. “Asbury’s response to the water situation began to move from crisis mode to a longer-term perspective. We moved from community gardeners to farmers. We moved from teachers to health partners,” said the Rev. Tommy McDoniel, Asbury’s pastor. Kay DeMoss reports.
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Greater New Jersey Conference
Native American church named historic site

CUMBERLAND CO., N.J. — St. John United Methodist Church in Bridgeton has officially been designated a Historic Native American Methodist Church, making it the only church to receive such designation in New Jersey. Josh Kinney has the story.
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New England Conference
Former medical examiner heads to seminary

HOPKINTON, N.H. — Dr. Thomas Andrew, former chief medical examiner in New Hampshire and a deacon candidate, will start classes at United Theological Seminary in January 2018. He did not retire from the medical examiner role because he was overwhelmed. It was part of his plan from the start. Beth DiCocco reports.
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The Lewis Center for Church Leadership
'Focus' targets multi-charge church leaders

WASHINGTON — The Lewis Center for Church Leadership, part of United Methodist Wesley Theological Seminary, has a new, free e-newsletter for denominational church leaders whose responsibilities extend beyond a single pastoral charge. It’s called Focus.
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Migration — a personal reflection

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (UMNS) — In advance of Global Migration Sunday Dec. 3, Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño of the California-Nevada Conference shares her experiences with migrants. “I truly believe that as we walk with migrant sisters and brothers, our faith will be strengthened as we see God at work in their lives,” she writes. 
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Using biblical texts to guide climate action



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Monday, Nov. 13 

Online study — The Prequel to Advent: Step One on the Road to a Meaningful Christmas


Online workshop: Loss and the Mourning After


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