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January 28, 2013

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Monday, January 28, 2013

"I believe God has not given up on The United Methodist Church. I believe God can see and together we can discern other pathways to reformation and reordering and re-energizing the United Methodist movement." - Dakotas-Minnesota Area Bishop Bruce R. Ough, the new Connectional Table chair, speaking at the first meeting.

Still there, Connectional Table starts anew

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - The new Connectional Table - a United Methodist governing body that had expected to be defunct by now - met Jan. 15-17 to organize. The gathering set the tone for the denomination's leadership for the next four years and may have offered a prelude to proposals that will go before the next General Conference in 2016.
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'Fresh winds' blowing through connection

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (UMNS) - "What I most appreciated about the first meeting of the Connectional Table was the degree to which I sensed that it is a new day," said the Rev. Kennetha Bigham-Tsai, pastor of Kalamazoo Milwood United Methodist Church and a member of the Connectional Table. "It became clear that we would be dealing with central issues for The United Methodist Church but would strive to approach them in new ways. It feels like a fresh wind of the Spirit is moving through our church."
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And the disciples asked, 'Teach us to pray'

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - Join the conversation Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. CT, as the Rev. Tom Albin and other guests talk about prayer, the power of prayer and developing an active prayer life. Melanie Gordon, director of children's ministries at the United Methodist Board of Discipleship, will lead a segment on teaching children to pray.
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MLK's words of hope 'needed more than ever'

NEWTOWN, Conn. (UMNS) - On the eve of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Rev. James Forbes told grieving residents of Newtown, Conn., that King's words of healing and nonviolence "are needed now more than ever."
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New grant helps battle diseases of poverty

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - The United Methodist Church's efforts to battle malaria and HIV in the Democratic Republic of the Congo will get a boost, thanks to a $1.3 million grant from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The funding will help implement a program to reduce death and suffering from malaria and HIV, two diseases that affect millions of people in the DRC and account for billions of dollars in lost productivity in Africa.
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Two Illinois pastors urge gun-violence action

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (UMNS) - Two Illinois Great Rivers Annual (regional) Conference retired pastors have written a letter ongun violence and are part of an effort aimed at legislative action to address recent shootings in the United States.
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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.

Jan. 29 - Free webinar "Addressing Children's Moments," 10 a.m. CT, for advice on children's sermons and spiritual formation, from the United Methodist Board of Discipleship. To register.

Jan. 29 - Free webinar "Church Council Leads Discipleship," 6:30 p.m. CST, for church leadership teams, from the United Methodist Board of Discipleship. To register.

Jan. 29- Free webinar "Teach us to Pray," 7 p.m. CT, featuring the Rev. Tom Albin, dean of The Upper Room. Sponsored by Upper Room and Interpreter Magazine. To register.

Jan. 30 - Inaugural Robert Kragalott Lecture on Genocide, Mass Atrocity and Human Rights at 7:30 p.m. EST, Ohio Wesleyan University's Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware, Ohio. The lecturer is Timothy Snyder, the Housum Professor of History at Yale University. Details.

Jan. 31- Free webinar "Cultivating Adult Faith," 6:30 p.m. CT, from the United Methodist Board of Discipleship. Learn key elements in adult faith formation. To register.

Jan. 31 - Free webinar "Nominations Committee Develops Leaders," 6:30 p.m. CT, from the United Methodist Board of Discipleship. Learn how to identify, train and support leaders within your congregation. To register.

Feb. 1 - Early bird deadline for the 2013 Large Church Initiative Conference of The United Methodist Church, April 22-24, Hyde Park United Methodist Church, Tampa, Fla. Sponsored by United Methodist Board of Discipleship for large-church clergy, staff and lay leaders. Early registration offers discounts of nearly 15 percent. Details.

Feb. 1 - Priority application deadline for Belle H. Bennett House, an intentional community for empowering young women hosted by the United Methodist Women's Scarritt-Bennett Center, Nashville, Tenn. Women, ages 18-30, live for 10 months in a spiritual community while serving a justice ministry and the Scarritt-Bennett Center. Four positions available. Details.

Feb. 1-28 - 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. 7-10 - 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. 14-17 -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.

strong>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.

March 8-10; March 15-17; April 5-7; April 12-14; April 19-21; Nov. 8-10 - Confirmation Retreat Weekends at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center. Details.


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