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Daily Digest — September 21, 2015

 

This conference isn't about leading with the technology, but leading with the human.” — Revi Sterling of NetHope in the keynote address at the 2015 Game Changers Summit.

Church can help close technology gap for women

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — In countries where women could be punished or even killed for owning a mobile phone, accessing technology is dangerous but necessary, said 2015 Game Changers Summit keynote speaker Revi Sterling. “Women bear the biggest brunt of global poverty, and if you don’t have access to information, you stay under-empowered,” said Sterling, whose work for NetHope focuses on empowering women through technology. Kathy L. Gilbert and Joey Butler report.
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Energizing U.S. health ministry

HOUSTON (UMNS) — Nearly 200 participants from U.S.-based United Methodist conferences, local and regional health programs, hospital systems, seminaries, and five general agencies, gathered to share experiences and turn their gaze to the future of health ministry in the United States. Linda Unger reports for the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries.
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Discipleship Ministries hosts evangelism gathering

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — United Methodist Discipleship Ministries plans to host an evangelism conference that draws together about 60 representatives of the Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox branches of Christianity. The Oct. 29-Nov. 2 conference will focus on how to reclaim evangelism in North America.
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Bishop boosts fallen attorney’s ‘Second Chance’

MADISON, Miss. (UMNS) — Before he landed in prison, press accounts often described attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs as “ruthless.” Scruggs has been redeemed, reports Tamica Smith Jeuitt of the Mississippi Conference. And with help from Mississippi Area Bishop James Swanson Jr., Scruggs aims to help other Mississippi adults find redemption as 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 newsdesk@umcom.org and put Digest in the subject line.

Thursday, Sept. 24

Lectures on the depiction of God and Jesus in film — The Rev. Lloyd Baugh, a visiting professor and Jesuit priest, will lecture on this subject on Sept. 24 at Candler School of Theology, a United Methodist seminary and part of Emory University in Atlanta. The lecture is from 4 to 6 p.m. EDT, in Room 360 at Candler. Registration is not required. The lecture is titled “The ‘God Question’ in Contemporary Cinema I: A Courageous Break with Tradition,” and there’s a second lecture on Oct. 14. Details

Monday, Sept. 28

Alumni Day at Methodist Theological School in Ohio — 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. EDT. The United Methodist seminary will honor retired Bishop Judith Craig, its bishop-in-residence and visiting professor in the Dickhaut Chair of Church Leadership. Four pastors also will receive the John and Ruth Mount Alumni Awards for Distinguished Service. Details

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