"God can turn this country around. &ellipsis; God is able."
- The Rev. Joseph E. Lowery to seminarians at Gammon.
Church ghost stories
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - Churches are havens of safety, places of welcome and respite, a heavenly pathway to God - but that doesn't mean they can't be haunted. Some United Methodist churches, cemeteries and at least one home of a well-knownMethodist have reported things that go bump in the dark (or daylight) - when no living soul is around.
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Go vote, Lowery tells Gammon students
ATLANTA (UMNS) -"I'm gonna die with my boots on," declared the Rev. Joseph E. Lowery during Gammon Theological Seminary's Trailblazers and Prophetic Leaders Banquet. Lowery, 91, was awarded the United Methodist-related seminary's 2012 Trailblazer and Prophetic Leader Award during the school's 129th Founders' Day celebration.
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Prayer for the U.S. national election
LAKELAND, Fla. (UMNS) - Bishop Ken Carter of the Florida Annual (regional) Conference has offered a prayer that asks, "Grant us wisdom, grant us courage for the facing of this hour and the living of these days."
Strengthening African theological schools
NAIROBI, Kenya (UMNS) - Support for two Ph.D. programs in Africa, an online peer-review journal, and exchange programs for both students and faculty are among the plans for meeting the needs, challenges and opportunities facing theological educational institutions in Africa. Fifteen participants from 10 African countries gathered Sept. 2-5 for the second meeting of the Africa Association of United Methodist Theological Institutions.
10-Fold features fair trade
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 fair trade Oct. 29-Nov. 2. Each visitor can trigger a $1 donation from sponsors to the week's project by clicking on the BE COUNTED button.
Here are some of the activities ahead for United Methodists across the connection. If you have an item to share with others, firstname.lastname@example.org put Digest in the subject line.
Now-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. 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 - 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. 10 - Deadline for churches to apply for free men's ministry materials donated to the Commission on United Methodist Men. 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 email@example.com.
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.
Nov. 18 - Bible Sunday, United Methodists join with the National Bible Association to celebrate Bible reading. Resources from the United Methodist Board of Discipleship.
Dec. 2-5 - Imagine No Malaria "Days on the Hill," The United Methodist Board of Church and Society and annual (regional) conferences leaders will advocate to U.S. Congress members for continued support of global health aid. Prayers are welcome. Details.
Dec. 4-7 and 11-14 - Free Christmas concerts, 1-1:30 p.m., Wightman Chapel at Scarritt-Bennett Center, Nashville, Tenn. Details.