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November 14, 2012

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UMNS Daily Digest
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Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors. The people of The United Methodist Church
Wednesday, November 14, 2012

"Through sharing, support and cross-fertilization, we believe we can be more effective in contemporary ministry, building vital congregations to make disciples for the transformation of the world." - The Rev. Thomas Lambrecht on a group that brings together evangelical mainline Protestants across denominational lines.

Same-sex unions gain support in U.S. elections

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - Four states made decisions about same-sex unions in the Nov. 6 election, signaling many are grappling with the issue. Debates have been simmering inside the church and in society for years. At the center of the issue for many in The United Methodist Church is how to offer ministry to gays and lesbians.
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Evangelicals team up across denominations

DALLAS (UMNS) - Evangelical United Methodist groups are teaming up with evangelical groups in other mainline Protestant denominations to share resources. Some of these evangelicals are working toward reform within their denominations. Others are in the process of splitting to form new denominations.
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Neighbors, near and far

MASSAPEQUA, N.Y. (UMNS) - Two weeks after super-storm Sandy slammed into the south shore of Long Island, New York, the makeshift disaster-response offices at Community United Methodist Church in Massapequa are buzzing with volunteer relief workers.
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N.J. now open to early response teams

NEW YORK (UMNS) - United Methodists in New Jersey are receiving their first out-of-state "early response teams" to assist in the Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts. Early Response Teams interested in coming to New Jersey should send an email to DisasterResponse@gnjumc.org that lists name and contact information, church, annual conference, team size and dates available to respond.
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