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October 02, 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
Tuesday, October 2, 2012

"Dramatically different and new behaviors, not incremental changes, are required. We have not yet seen the degree of shared sense of urgency &ellipsis; that our situation requires." - Final report of the Call to Action Interim Operations Team.

Report: Church's path is 'unsustainable'

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - The United Methodist Church's way of doing business remains "unsustainable," and the changes made during and after the 2012 General Conference are insufficient to address the challenges the denomination faces. That's the assessment of the final report of the Call to Action Interim Operations Team, which since its formation in late 2010 has been looking at ways to reorder the life of the church.
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Young adult Oklahoman helps Georgia children

FAIRVIEW, Okla. (UMNS) - Her mother recognized Jerrica Becker's big heart for children when her daughter was a little child. Now young-adult missionary Jerrica uses her gift to help neglected children in Cedartown, Ga. In August, she was commissioned as a US-2, through the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, and began her assignment as assistant chaplain at a residential children's center.
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Dad, daughter complete seminary

OKLAHOMA CITY (UMNS) - On Aug. 24, six people received master of divinity degrees from the Saint Paul School of Theology, the United Methodist seminary at Oklahoma City University. For the milestone moment, a joyous crowd overflowed the Church of the Servant's Chapel of the Cross. In that audience was 6-year-old Aidan, whose mother and grandfather were two of the graduates.
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There is no place like home for pension exec

CHICAGO (UMNS) - David Zellner found his job as chief investment officer of the United Methodist Board of Pension and Health Benefits in 1997 through a classified ad in Pensions & Investments, a publication of Crain Communications. Now that same publication provides a look at what Zellner manages and how he views his work.
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Homeless find home at tent city in church lot

TUKWILA, Wash. (UMNS) - Tent City 3 moved to a vacant lot at Riverton Park United Methodist Church in August and will remain at the site until mid-November. About 100 men and women live at the location. "It saved my life," Christine Johnson recently told "I feel safe in Tent City where all are friendly."
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Commentary: Open letter to my liberal friends

OKLAHOMA CITY (UMNS) - In an opinion piece, A.W. Martin reflects on General Conference's rejection of proposals to change church policies regarding gays, lesbians and transgender people, and suggests that in some cases, "moving on" from the denomination would be preferable to scenarios that include "donnybrooks every four years." Martin notes, "Some of our conservative friends have extended their hands to help us depart in an amicable way. ... (It) is time, as we also shake their hands, to express our thanks, accept their help, move out and move on."
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