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October 08, 2012

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Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors. The people of The United Methodist Church
Monday, October 8, 2012

"They really like that there's a standard plan laid out for when you start, what you do in each session, and if you follow the plan, you know every step you need to take and when you will finish the process. And they really like the collegiality of doing it together in a group rather than feeling like you're all out there on your own." - The Rev Emily Oliver on the advantages of group mentoring for ordination candidates.

Dos and don'ts in an election season

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - The U.S. Election Day is fewer than 30 days away, and some states already have opened early voting and mailing out absentee ballots. To participate in the political process and keep their tax-exempt status, churches must follow certain guidelines. A July 2012 Pew Research Center survey also found two-thirds of Americans say houses of worship should not favor one candidate over another.
A list of tips from Interpreter Magazine
Read more about the Pew survey
United Methodist Women's questionnaire for candidates

Fijian Methodist faces free speech issue

TORONTO (UMNS) - The World Association of Christian Communicators Executive Committee has written an open letter to the government of Fiji expressing concern at the infringement of the right to freedom of opinion and expression by its Pacific president, the Rev. Akuila Yabaki. The Methodist clergyman has been accused of contempt of court for an article published in April.
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Conferences begin adding group mentoring

LAKELAND, Fla. (UMNS) - Research has found some consistent challenges across The United Methodist Church for ordination candidates. These challenges include misunderstanding among candidates about the process, too few gifted mentors to guide candidates and inconsistency in the candidacy experience. One possible solution the Florida Annual (regional) Conference has found and other conferences are discovering: group mentoring.
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Church discovers history in 100-year-old time capsule

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (UMNS) - Members of Canaan United Methodist Church opened a time capsule from the now demolished Central United Methodist Church after their Sunday service on Sept. 30. The time capsule had been placed under Central's cornerstone in 1913, the Sunday Gazette-Mail reports.
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10-Fold features young people in mission

NEW YORK (UMNS) - 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, will feature young people in mission this week. Each visitor can trigger a $1 donation from sponsors to the week's project by clicking on the BE COUNTED button.
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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, emailnewsdesk@umcom.organd put Digest in the subject line.

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 the Mission Society, McEachern United Methodist Church, Powder Springs, Ga. Details and registration.

Oct. 14 - Deadline for early-bird registration for Fall 2012 Ignite event, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 27, First United Methodist Church, Corry, Pa. Rethink Church event offers tips for traditional and digital outreach efforts. $25 before Oct. 14, $35 after. Details and registration.

Oct. 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. 17 - Webinar "Principles for Church Renewal for Pastors,"
1 p.m. CDT, United Methodist Board of Discipleship. Free. To register and see archived webinars.

Oct. 19-21 - "Living into the Vision, the Beloved Community," North Central Jurisdiction Commission on Religion and Race learning event, Double Tree Hotel, Bloomington, Ill. Details and registration.

Oct. 20 - "Integrating social holiness into preaching, teaching," 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ebenezer United Methodist Church, Stafford, Va. The Rev. Clayton Childers, annual conference relations director and Imagine No Malaria advocacy coordinator for the United Methodist Board of Church and Society, will lead the discussion. Details.

Oct. 21 - United Methodist Laity Sunday. The United Methodist Board of Discipleship offers worship resources.

Oct. 23 -"Jesus for President," free lecture by Christian activist Shane Claiborne, 7 p.m., Glenn Memorial Auditorium, United Methodist-related Emory University. Registration required. To register, visit www.candler.emory.edu/calendar, navigate to October 23, and click "sign up."

Oct. 25 - Brother Emmanuel of Taizé Community in France will lead a Taizé prayer service at 6 p.m. CDT, St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 5501 Main Street, Houston. Details.

Nov. 5 - Deadline for scholarships for the 2012 Multicultural Conference, "Creating a Church for All People," Nov. 29-Dec. 1, Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center. Leadership includes retired Bishop Melvin Talbert, retired Bishop Linda Lee and Bill Cruse. Details.

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