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September 25, 2013

"As parts of the one body of Christ, we share in the sorrow of those who are affected by these heinous attacks." - Thomas Kemper, United Methodist mission agency top executive, on the violence in Pakistan and Kenya.

Agency says Affordable Care Act needs fix for churches

GLENVIEW, Ill. (UMNS) - Without the Church Health Plan Act, the future of church-sponsored health plans is in danger under the new health care law, says the United Methodist Board of Pension and Health Benefits.
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Cincinnati pastor nominated to lead Board of Discipleship

CINCINNATI (UMNS) - The Rev. Timothy L. Bias, senior pastor of the multicampus Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church in Cincinnati, is the nominee to be the top executive of the United Methodist Board of Discipleship. The agency's board will vote on his nomination when it meets Oct. 10-12.
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Peace and solidarity with Kenya and Pakistan

NEW YORK (UMNS) - Responding to news about the violence in Pakistan and Kenya this weekend, the head of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, Thomas Kemper, offered a prayer for reconciliation and peace saying, "We stand with all who are grieving and ask that God grant consolation, a spirit of forgiveness, and a sense of determination."
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Update on investment task force

ATLANTA (UMNS) - Is it ethical for United Methodist entities to invest in mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo? That was just one case study the Human Rights and Investment Ethics Task Force discussed when it met at the Carter Center in Atlanta. The task force is supported by the United Methodist Board of Pension and Health Benefits and the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries.
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'From ruins to restoration' in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (UMNS) - "The story continues here in Oklahoma. Today I covered a ribbon-cutting in Moore for the Oklahoma Disaster Recovery Project, with a story to come in the next issue of Contact," writes Holly McCray, editor of Contact Magazine, a publication of the Oklahoma Annual (regional) Conference. The 32-page Contact Magazine for September is about United Methodist disaster relief and recovery work in that hard-hit state.
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$7 million OK'd to fund young clergy projects

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - The United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry's Board of Directors unanimously approved a plan to disburse funds from the $7 million Young Clergy Initiative to innovative projects of all sizes that could attract young people to ordained ministry in The United Methodist Church.
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Small church shows its strength through missions

DECATUR, Tenn. (UMNS) - "Paul was right; love is the greatest gift. I have been a member of Decatur United Methodist a little over two years now, and I feel like I have found my spiritual home. The members know that we have been commissioned, as Christians, to take, not only the message, but also the love of Jesus Christ to our brothers and sisters around the globe," says student Collin Thompson of his church.
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