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October 22, 2012

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Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors. The people of The United Methodist Church
Monday, October 22, 2012

"A man of really deep faith, his passion and energy has caused worldwide good. His work to end world hunger speaks volumes."
- Bishop Deborah Lieder Kiesey on George McGovern.

United Methodists salute McGovern's legacy

MITCHELL, S.D. (UMNS) - United Methodists remembered Senator George McGovern, who died Oct. 21 at 90, as a faithful Christian who used his years of public service to focus on issues of social justice. The Rev. John McCullough, executive director of Church World Service, called his death "a sad moment for our nation."
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Eduard Khegay elected bishop of Eurasia

KAUNAS, Lithuania (UMNS) -The Rev. Eduard Khegay, assistant to Eurasia Area Bishop Hans Växby, was elected bishop of the Eurasia Episcopal Area. A native of Kazakhstan, the 42-year-old will be the first United Methodist bishop from the former Soviet Union.
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Low funds hurt church's schools in Liberia

MONROVIA, Liberia (UMNS) - With no reliable salary, sometimes the only thing keeping teachers at Liberia's United Methodist schools is a dedication to their students. Amanda Kline, a junior at United Methodist-related Emory University in Atlanta, shares what she witnessed in Liberia and the difference the schools are making.
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Halloween alternatives gain fans

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (UMNS) - It's almost Halloween-Oct. 31-and wannabe ghosts and goblins are gearing up for a night of trick-or-treating. It's a dentist's favorite holiday. But many United Methodist churches, including Port Matilda United Methodist Charge in State College, are among the congregations that have in recent years offered light-filled alternatives to an evening focused on darkness and death. Learn of some boo-tiful Christian festivities.
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Adrian prof concludes 'Jeopardy!' streak

ADRIAN, Mich. (UMNS) - Stephanie Jass, history professor at United Methodist-related Adrian College, has ended her "Jeopardy!" domination. However, she does so after amassing an eight-game total of $147,570 and beating the previous record-winning streak by a woman with six wins. In another record, earned during her second show, Jass secured the season's highest single-game win total.
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Blog: 'We are not islands unto ourselves'

BOM JESUS, Angola (UMNS) - United Methodists from the Mountain Sky Episcopal Area, which includes the Rocky Mountain and Yellowstone annual (regional) conferences, continue their blog posts about the distribution of insecticide-treated bed nets in the Western Angola Conference.
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10-Fold features United Methodist missionionaries

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 missionaries Oct. 22-27. 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. 22-Dec. 16 - "Weaving Life: The Life and Death of Peacemaker Dan Terry," the story of United Methodist Dan Terry, who was among 10 humanitarian aid workers assassinated in Afghanistan in August 2010, will air on participating ABC stations. Check local listings.

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, navigate to October 23, and click "sign up."

Oct. 23 - Eight missionaries will be commissioned at a 2 p.m.worship service, webcast live during the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries semi-annual meeting. Read news release.

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.

Oct. 26 - The Rev. Bob Edgar, president of Common Cause and a United Methodist, will present the Nelson Lecture on Interfaith and Ecumenical Solutions, 7 p.m. CDT, St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 5501 Main Street, Houston. Details.

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

Oct. 30 - Deadline to register for "Mission in the Wesleyan Tradition: Tensions and Transitions," 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 13, Indianapolis North Church, 3808 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis. Paul Chilcote, professor of Wesley studies and mission at Ashland Theological Seminary, will lead. $45. Details.

Oct. 31 or last Sunday in October - Reformation Day. Worship resources to celebrate the Protestant Reformation from the United Methodist Board of Discipleship.

Nov. 1 or first Sunday in November - All Saints Day. Worship resources from the United Methodist Board of Discipleship.

Nov. 1-3 - "Wesleyan Leadership Conference," Nashville, Tenn., United Methodist Board of Discipleship. Details and registration.

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.

Nov. 5 - Webinar "Adaptive Leadership Introduction," 7:30 p.m. CST, United Methodist Board of Discipleship. Free. To register and see archived webinars.

Nov. 8 - Webinar "In the Financial Homestretch: Ending the Year Strong," 6:30 p.m. CST, United Methodist Board of Discipleship. Free. To register and see archived webinars.

Nov. 8-11 - Lake Junaluska Peace Conference, "Love in Action: The Transformative Power of Nonviolence," Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center. Details.

Nov. 9-11 - Imagine What's NEXT, St. Louis, a United Methodist event for college students. The Rev. Rudy Rasmus and Bishop Sally Dyck will speak. Gungor will perform. Details.

Nov. 12-17 - 2012 Continuing Education Event: The Faithful Struggle to Forgive, Prothro Center at Lake Texoma, Pottsboro, Texas, United Methodist Endorsing Agency, part of the Board of Higher Education and Ministry. Details.

Nov. 13-14 - Associates in Advocacy annual meeting, Super 8 O'Hare, Elk Grove Village, Ill. Includes updates on changes to the Book of Discipline, General Conference and the Judicial Council's October session. Contact the Rev. Jerry Eckert at 941-743-0518 or by email at

Nov. 15-17 - "Photography as a Spiritual Practice," led by Susan Hay, retired from the United Methodist Board of Discipleship, Scarritt-Bennett Center, Nashville, Tenn. $175-330. Details.

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