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February 04, 2013

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UMNS Daily Digest
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Monday, February 4, 2013

"There are so many stories throughout the connection of annual conferences that made significant increases and that also increases the total impact on ministry. That is a testament to the commitment of the Church for local and global ministry." - Moses Kumar, top executive of the General Council on Finance and Administration on the 2012 apportionment payments.

Apportionment payments reach highest level since 2001

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - The General Council on Finance and Administration reports 20 annual conferences paid 100 percent of their general church apportioned funds in 2012 and overall apportionment payouts reached 90 percent, the highest payout level the general church has reached since 2001.
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Men's leader elaborates on scouting changes

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - United Methodist Men's top leader said he has faced criticism, questions and confusion since releasing a statement Jan. 29 affirming how changes proposed by the Boys Scouts of America would be implemented. He made another public statement on Jan. 31 emphasizing two points.
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UMCOR planting seeds of growth in Haiti

NEW YORK (UMNS) - When the 2010 earthquake struck Haiti, it destroyed the business that Richmond Gela Pierre Paul had been running for more than a decade. After a dissatisfying period working odd jobs, Paul became a participant in a pilot program of the United Methodist Committee on Relief that focuses on women's business development.
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Four chaplains remembered

PHILADELPHIA (UMNS) - Yesterday, as they do each year, on the first Sunday in February, American Legion posts nationwide honored four military chaplains who were aboard the USAT Dorchester, an Army transport ship that was sunk Feb. 3, 1943, by a German submarine. Lt. George L. Fox, a Methodist, and his three chaplain colleagues spread out across the boat as it sank to comfort the men. The chaplains removed their own life preservers and gave them to four men without their own and prayed together as the ship went into the water.
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Hispanic caucus urges advocacy on immigration issue

NEW YORK (UMNS) - Methodists Associated Representing the Cause of Hispanic Americans issued a statement on the recent actions by President Barack Obama and some U.S. senators working on changes to immigration laws. "We call on every United Methodist and on all persons of faith to seize this moment and openly and forcefully advocate before the U.S. Congress for changes that will reunify families, must protect separated children and do recognize the gifts and the contributions that immigrants are making to our nation," said the statement from the Hispanic caucus of The United Methodist Church.
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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.

Now - Feb. 28 - Black History Month in the United States. The United Methodist Board of Discipleship has worship and devotional resources.

Feb. 4-6 - Ministers Week at Southern Methodist University's Perkins School of Theology, Dallas. Details.

Feb. 4-7 - 2013 Continuing Education Event: Leadership Development for chaplains and pastoral counselors, Villa Maria del Mar, Santa Cruz, Calif. Sponsored by the United Methodist Endorsing Agency, part of the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry. Details.

Feb. 6 - World Interfaith Harmony Week Breakfast, 7:30-9 a.m. CT, Scarritt-Bennett Center. $12. To register.

Feb. 7 - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. will speak at 11:30 a.m. ET, Davage Auditorium in Haven-Warren Hall at United Methodist-related Clark Atlanta University, 223 James P. Brawley Drive. Details.

Feb. 7-10- Theological colloquium, "Common Good(s): The Promise and Challenge of Activism Today," Drew Theological School, Madison, N.J. Details.

Feb. 11 - Early-bird deadline for the Fostering a Culture of Generosity Conference, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST, March 9, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington. Lewis Center for Church Leadership is sponsoring. Details.

Feb. 13 - Ash Wednesday, the start of the season of Lent. United Methodist Board of Discipleship has worship resources.

Feb. 14 - Deadline to register for online course "United Methodism 101," which is designed for new church members and anyone else wanting to know more about the church. The course is Feb. 20-April 3. Cost is $9.99. To register.

Feb. 14 - Deadline to register for free online course "Turning Connectional Living into Connectional Giving," Feb. 20-April 3. To register.

Feb. 14-17 -The United Methodist young adult event Relevance X 2013: Making New Disciples and LEAD 2013 in Las Vegas. Relevance Ministries, in partnership with United Methodist-related Claremont School of Theology, hosts the event for young clergy, leaders of young-adult ministries and young adults. To learn more and register.

Feb. 17 - The Rev. Brian Erickson, senior pastor, First United Methodist Church, Alabaster, Ala., will be the featured speaker on the nationally syndicated radio program "Day 1." To listen.

Feb. 20 - Free webinar "Including Children in Worship," 10 a.m. CT, from the United Methodist Board of Discipleship. To register.

Feb. 21 - Free webinar "Gifts That Keep On Giving," 6:30 p.m. CT, from the United Methodist Board of Discipleship. Learn more about planned giving. To register.

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