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Daily Digest: August 19, 2013

"God grant that I may never live to be useless!" John Wesley, How To Pray: The Best of John Wesley on Prayer.

Take survey on language about God

CHICAGO (UMNS) -The United Methodist Commission on the Status and Role of Women is asking church members both supportive and opposed to the concept of "inclusive language" to participate in a survey "about language for and images of God." The deadline is Oct. 31.
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Wrapping up details of episcopal fund audits

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - More than half of the 46 U.S. bishops' offices - 26 - still are putting the finishing touches on audits of their 2012 use of the episcopal office allowance from the Episcopal Fund. Although the deadline was July 31, Peggy Sewell, the GCFA executive of episcopal services, told board members that the offices still had time to complete their audits since the next payments of the episcopal fund are not scheduled to be disbursed until Oct. 15. David Stotts, GCFA board member and Mississippi Annual (regional) Conference treasurer, said this is the best response GCFA has received to episcopal audits in years.

UMTV: Africa's miracle tree

TUNUKUK PUYE, Liberia (UMNS) - The Moringa plant offers the potential to lower cholesterol, purify the liver, and even prevent blindness. Thanks to the efforts of the United Methodist Committee on Relief and the West Africa Initiative of Liberia, farmers are learning Moringa harvesting to support themselves and their community.
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Remembering Elvis' Methodist moment

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - August 16th is a date many Elvis Presley fans mark, remembering that is the day they lost the King of Rock 'n' Roll. UMNS reporter Heather Hahn reports on the day Elvis recorded "Heartbreak Hotel" in a "building bustling with Methodists."
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Technology's astounding impact on Africa

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - Mobile technology has become a game-changer in Africa, notes the Rev. Larry Hollon in the Huffington Post in response to Nathan Myhrvold's TEDTalk,"Could this laser zap malaria?"
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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 with others, email newsdesk@umcom.org and put Digest in the subject line.

Deadline for early-bird registration for "JustPeace101," Aug. 20 - Oct. 31-Nov. 2, event discussing the theory, theology, principles and practices of conflict transformation. led by JustPeace, The United Methodist Church's Center for Conflict Transformation, in Nashville, Tenn. Details.

The Reconciliation Story: Conflict Resolution in Small Congregations, Aug. 22-24 - Workshop led by Mary Ann Lawson and Marion Crooks at Hinton Rural Life Center, Hayesville, N.C. Details.

Free webinar "Safe Sanctuaries: Children, Teachers and Media" Aug. 22 - 10 a.m. CT, webinar from United Methodist Board of Discipleship looks at how, in a rapidly evolving media world, teachers and other adults can protect children from abuse.

Free webinar "Generosity in Emerging Generations," Aug. 22 - 6:30 p.m. CT, examining how emerging generations make decisions about generosity, from the United Methodist Board of Discipleship.

Impact Kentucky, Aug. 24 - The Kentucky Annual (regional) Conference and United Methodist Communications' Rethink Church are organizing volunteer projects across the western part of the state. Details.

Free webinar "Charting a Course for Discipleship," Aug. 27 - 6:30 p.m. CT, how to develop a pathway to help adults deepen their Christian discipleship, from the United Methodist Board of Discipleship.

50th anniversary celebrations of the March on Washington, Aug. 24 and Aug. 28 - United Methodists from across the United States will go to the National Mall in Washington to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech. For Aug. 24 festivities, details.

Deadline to register for Welcoming Ministry 100 online course, Aug. 28 - Sept. 4-Oct. 16, help for becoming welcoming and hospitable congregations, sponsored by United Methodist Communications.$29.99.

Deadline to register for Web Ministry 100 online course, Aug. 28 - Sept. 4-Oct. 16, help using the Web in theologically sound ways to reach new people and cultivate relationships, sponsored by United Methodist Communications. $49.99. Details.

Churchquake, Reconciling Ministries Network convocation, Aug. 30-Sept. 2 - Gathering by unofficial United Methodist caucus that advocates for greater inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in the church. Details.

"Day1," Sept. 1 - The Rev. Sam Matthews, senior minister, First United Methodist Church, Marietta, Ga., will be the featured speaker on the nationally syndicated radio program "Day1." To listen.

"Day1," Sept. 8 - The Rev. Elaine Wilder, associate minister, First United Methodist Church, Marietta, Ga., will be the featured speaker on the nationally syndicated radio program "Day1." To listen.

Free webinar "Creative Thinking in Faith Formation: An Ancient/Future Approach," Sept. 17 - 6:30 p.m. CT, learning strategies for teaching adults using an exploration of Jesus' teaching methods, from the United Methodist Board of Discipleship.

United Methodist Church of the Resurrection Leadership Institute, Sept. 25-27 - Registration open now for event aimed at helping leaders renew churches. Details.

Northeastern Jurisdiction Native American Ministries Committee meeting, Oct. 10-12 - Drew University, Madison, N.J., discussions of ministry and concerns of Native peoples, as well as time for fellowship. Details. To learn more or register, email Sharon Schmit at saschmit@gmail.com.

Revitup! Event for young clergy, Oct. 28-30 - Event for clergy ages 25-39 in Atlanta, sponsored by the United Methodist Board of Pension and Health Benefits. Aims to help clergy manage debt and set boundaries. Details.

Reach New Disciples Conference, Nov. 2 - 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET, Wesley Theological Seminary's Lewis Center for Church Leadership, Washington. Details.

"A Killer in the Dark," NBC stations until Nov. 3 - If it isn't scheduled in your area, contact your local NBC station. If it has aired, order a free copy here. Download ideas and resources to plan a viewing party. Details.

Workshop on Advocacy, Nov. 12-14 - Training for anyone asked to be an advocate for a pastor or lay person from preventive options to facing the Judicial Council, with the Revs. Larry Pickens and Scott Campbell as two of the speakers. To register and learn the cost and location, contact the Rev. Jerry Eckert of Associates in Advocacy at aj_eckert@hotmail.com/. Registration limited.

Exploration 2013, Nov. 15-17 - Event for young adults, ages 18-26, considering ordained ministry, Marriott Denver Tech Center, sponsored by United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry. Speakers include Louisiana Area Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey and the Rev. Jorge Acevedo, senior pastor of the multi-campus Grace Church in Southwest Florida. Details.

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