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October 01, 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
Monday, October 1, 2012

"UMCOR and Imagine No Malaria gave myself and my best friends, my colleagues, an incredible opportunity. And I think many young people in our church are looking at us saying, 'We want to do that, too. Can we join you?'" - Shannon Trilli, director of Global Health, United Methodist Committee on Relief.

Young women of UMCOR

NEW YORK (UMNS) - Melissa Crutchfield, Shannon Trilli and Nyamah Dunbar have become leaders at the United Methodist Committee on Relief. In a story and video, United Methodist News Service and UMTV look at their lives and the impact they make:

UMTV: Young women of UMCOR: "Our African counterparts are surprised at how young we are. And they even comment on that. &ellipsis;So indirectly the church is also presenting a face and really breaking some ceilings not only at the head office level, but even towards the partners in the field," says Nyamah Dunbar, who manages Imagine No Malaria.

3 young women = UMCOR's 'triumvirate': "I know we've all been through some incredibly difficult challenges in the work we do for UMCOR," says Melissa Crutchfield, agency staff executive for international disaster response. "For a lot of people, if you ask them about their job &ellipsis; they go to work from 9 to 5. They come home. I think for all of us it's much more than just a job. It's really our life. It's who we are; it's not just what we do."

10-Fold. 1 Click. Be Counted

NEW YORK (UMNS) - It's October and10-Fold, an annual interactive global gathering that features United Methodist projects around the world supported by Global Ministries and UMCOR, has returned. This year 10-Fold features five projects, each highlighted for a full week. Encourage friends and church members to visit 10-Fold.orgweekly, all month long, for a project-focused multimedia experience that includes videos, chats, devotions and worship resources. Each visitor can trigger a $1 donation from sponsors to that week's project by clicking on the BE COUNTED button.

October 2012 Schedule
Week 1: Disaster Relief
Week 2: Young People in Mission
Week 3: Mission Initiatives
Week 4: Missionaries
Week 5: Fair Trade
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Speculation on Jesus' marital status

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - Almost two weeks after it was made public, a piece of papyrus with the phrase "Jesus said to them, my wife" is still stirring conversation among scholars, including United Methodists. One question up for debate: Would it matter if Jesus had been married?
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Wanting to say thank you

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - "Shannon and I are healing in all kinds of ways these days and life is beginning to regain some semblance of order and reasonability," writes the Rev. David Goran. Life for the Gorans changed tragically July 10, 2012, when an accident at the youth mission in Li'iv, Ukraine, seriously injured David Goran and took the lives of a U.S. volunteer worker at the mission and a Ukrainian student.
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Two die in Ukraine roof collapse
'Pilgrims' find calling in Ukraine mission

Looking ahead

Here are some of the activities ahead for United Methodists across the connection. If you have an item to share with others, emailnewsdesk@umcom.organd put Digest in the subject line.

Month of October - 10-Fold, webcasts about United Methodist projects around the world supported by the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries and the United Methodist Committee on Relief. The first week will feature UMCOR's disaster relief work. Details.

Oct. 4-5 - "Inside Perkins," event for prospective students at Southern Methodist University's Perkins School of Theology, Dallas. Details.

Oct. 6 - Hands4Detroit, collecting food donations to drive out hunger in The Motor City, an event sponsored by the Renaissance District of the Detroit Annual (regional) Conference, with support from a United Methodist Communications Impact Community grant. Details.

Oct. 7 - World Communion Sunday. The United Methodist Board of Discipleship offers worship resources.

Oct. 7-8 - Anti-Poverty Summit III, Camp Hill (Pa.) United Methodist Church, United Methodist Advocacy in Pennsylvania. Speakers include the Rev. Mike Slaughter, lead pastor of Ginghamsburg Church in Ohio; the Rev. Lorenza Andrade-Smith, who sold her possessions for ministry in the streets; and the Rev. Faith Fowler, director of Cass Community Social Services in Detroit. $75. Details.

Oct. 7 and 14 - The Rev. B. Wiley Stephens, senior pastor of Dunwoody (Ga.) United Methodist Church, will be the featured speaker on the radio program "Day 1." To listen.

Oct. 8 - Deadline for early-bird discount for Reaching Others through Worship Conference, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 3, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington. Details.

Oct. 8-11 - New Church Leadership Institute, Mount Sequoyah Retreat Center, Fayetteville, Ark. Details.

Oct. 9, 16, 23 and 30 - Webinar series, "Faith and Aging," those who work with older adults, 11:30 p.m. CDT on four successive Tuesdays, The Upper Room, $14.95 for single webinar session, $49.95 for all four sessions. Recorded versions of the webinars will be available after the live events at the same rate. Details.

Oct. 10-20 - Mosquito-net distribution in West Angola. About 9,000 nets purchased through a contribution from Rocky Mountain Annual (regional) Conference will be distributed in this first Imagine No Malaria initiative in Angola. Prayers welcome.

Oct. 11-13 - "Beyond These Walls" mission conference, United Methodist Board of Global Ministries and Mission Society, McEachern United Methodist Church, Powder Springs, Ga. Details and registration.

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