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Daily Digest: July 16, 2013

"I am praying for people of The United Methodist Church in Sanford. I am praying that they will be an outward and visible sign of God's peace, justice, reconciliation and healing in the days ahead. I am praying that they, and we, do not waste this teachable moment." - Bishop Ken Carter.

Bishop: 'Seize teachable moment' after Zimmerman acquittal

LAKELAND, Fla. (UMNS) - Bishop Ken Carter of the Florida Annual (regional) Conference says after George Zimmerman's acquittal in the death of Trayvon Martin that it's time to return to Jesus' core teachings about peace-making and reconciliation.
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Finding peace and seeking answers in shooting case

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) Many took to the streets to protest the not-guilty verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman, but many also went to their houses of worship to find peace and seek answers.Kathy Gilbert provides a look at what United Methodists are saying.
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Clergy feel work as a 'pressure-cooker'

GLENVIEW, Ill. (UMNS) - Stress represents an occupational hazard for ordained United Methodist clergy, with nearly half of those responding to a recent survey saying that they are stressed out by their work. They report high rates of hypertension and other physical problems.
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United Methodists take heart in labor agreement

CHICAGO (UMNS) - After supporting a worker boycott and offering their prayers and presence, United Methodists in Chicago and California were pleased about a recent tentative agreement between hotel workers and the Hyatt Hotels Corporation.
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United Methodist Men urged to become 'mighty'

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) A United Methodist pastor urged some 800 attendees at the National Gathering of United Methodist Men to become like the mighty men of David. Read about the Rev. Shane Bishop's advice and other speakers at the July 12-14 quadrennial meeting at Belmont University.
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Youthful planning team for YOUTH 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - Eleven young people, ranging in ages from 12 to 18, are part of the design team for YOUTH 2015. The spiritual formation event for United Methodist youth and their congregations is set for June 24-28 in Orlando, Fla.
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Ethnic minority internship program underway

WASHINGTON (UMNS) - The Ethnic Minority Young Adult Summer Internship program of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society arranges internships in nonprofit and non-governmental social-justice organizations in Washington. This year's group consists of eight interns from U.S. annual (regional) conferences and four from central conferences in Africa.
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'Bad choices' analysis doesn't cut it

DALLAS (UMNS) - The Rev. Stephen Rankin, chaplain at Southern Methodist University, says campus student life policies tend to operate from a flawed understanding of human nature, allowing a too easy analysis of mere "bad choices" when it comes to student misconduct.
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