Daily Digest - November 15, 2016
"It’s not just about saying the creed — although that’s important — it’s about having an experiential faith." — Ryan Danker, a Methodist studies professor, on John Wesley and orthodoxy.
What counts as Wesleyan orthodoxy?
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — For as long as people have sought to follow Christ, they have argued about just what being a true follower entails. That was no different in John Wesley’s day. Heather Hahn talks to Wesleyan scholars about what Methodism’s founder deemed Christian essentials.
Preparing for GC2020
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (UMCom) — A new Commission on General Conference began organization for the 2020 General Conference to be held in Minneapolis. The commission selected new officers and a new secretary.
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Church responds to animal cruelty with pet blessing
COLUMBIA, S.C. (UMNS) — Grace United Methodist Church is responding with love and deep prayer after a pit bull puppy was set on fire and killed in its parking lot. On Nov. 19, community and church members are invited to bring their pets (or a picture or other article associated with their pets) to be blessed in a service of hope and healing.
Commentary: Why the Wesleyan Covenant Association?
WILMORE, Ky. (Good News) —The Rev. Bill Arnold, professor of Old Testament studies at Asbury Theological Seminary, writes in a commentary for Good News Magazine that for him, the Wesleyan Covenant Association is a way of embracing Methodism and recommitting to his ordination vows.
Alternative worship serves those with special needs
RIDGEWOOD, N.J. (UMNS) — Worshippers with special needs have different responses to light and sound. That understanding prompted the Rev. Victor Peterson and Ridgewood United Methodist Church to start the “Make a Joyful Noise” service to provide a more appropriate worship setting for children and families with special needs. Melissa Hinnen reports for the Greater New Jersey Conference.
Dakotas Conference readies Shoebox Christmas gifts
SHEYENNE, N.D. (UMNS) — Each Christmas season, United Methodists from across the Dakotas Conference and beyond distribute Shoebox Christmas gifts to more than 6,000 children across five Native American reservations in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota.
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Here are some of the activities ahead for United Methodists across the connection. If you have an item to share, email firstname.lastname@example.org and put Digest in the subject line.
Thursday, Nov. 17 to Saturday, Nov. 19
Native American Discipleship Conference — The gathering, co-sponsored by the Native American Comprehensive Plan and the North Central Jurisdiction Committee on Native American Ministries, will be at the Comfort Suites, Milwaukee Airport Hotel, 6362 S.13th St., Oak Creek, Wisconsin. For reservations, contact Cheryl Hensley at 918-686-8444. Details
Tuesday, Nov. 29
Giving Tuesday — The United Methodist Board of Global Ministries encourages United Methodists to support mission and relief projects through The Advance, the denomination’s designated giving program. Details