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UMNS Weekly Digest - August 17, 2012


NOTE: This is a digest of news features provided by United Methodist Communications for Aug. 13-17. It includes summaries of United Methodist News Service stories, UMTV video reports and additional briefs from around the United Methodist connection. Full versions of the stories with photographs and related features can be found at

News Stories:



Bishops Wandabula, Nhanala re-elected

NAIROBI, Kenya (UMNS) - Bishops Daniel Wandabula and Joaquina Filipe Nhanala on Aug. 17 were re-elected as United Methodist bishops by delegates in the Africa Central Conference. In the Africa Central Conference, United Methodist bishops are not elected for life. A bishop typically is elected first to a four-year term and with re-election then serves until retirement. Read full story and post a comment»

John Wesley: 'Take care of yourself'

DURHAM, N.C. (UMNS) - Health and wellness was an integral part of the ministry of the Rev. John Wesley, the founder of Methodism. How integral? Consider that Wesley's most popular publication was "Primitive Physick," a book of medical advice. Wesley's writing offers some practical advice for spiritual and physical health that Christians can use today. Read full story»

Quiz: Food, health and faith

DURHAM, N.C. (UMNS) - Who said, "You know you are a Methodist when doughnuts are a line item in the church budget"? Find this and other answers when you take Faith and Leadership's quiz on food, health and religion. Faith and Leadership is part of Duke Divinity School. Take the quiz»

Churches crucial to turn tide of HIV, AIDS

WASHINGTON (UMNS) - To reach the goal of "zero new HIV infections, zero new AIDS deaths, and zero discrimination," faith communities including The United Methodist Church must play a significant role. That was one of the themes of the 19th International AIDS Conference. Read full story and post a comment»

How accessible is your church?

SALEM, Ore. (UMNS) - If a person who uses a wheelchair arrives at your church, what sort of welcome will that visitor find? The United Methodist Task Force on Disability Ministries has just released a new disabilities audit that can help your congregation assess strengths and weaknesses as it strives to welcome people of all abilities. Read full story»

Chemical dependency ministry marks 30th year

OKLAHOMA CITY (UMNS) - Jack Turner says God used his family's experiences with alcoholism "to lay out a trail for me to follow." With Turner's assistance, United Methodists in Oklahoma have received training to help people find sobriety. Read full story and post a comment»

Transforming church one life at a time

ST. LOUIS (UMNS) - Transforming The United Methodist Church is not something that will happen at an event or through the General Conference. It happens one changed life at a time. Missouri Area Bishop Robert C. Schnase brought that message to the School of Congregational Development. Read story»

Listen to interview with Bishop Schnase»

Mingling singles and family ministries

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - Your church wants to create a welcoming environment for people at all stages of life, whether they are single or married with children. United Methodist Communications offers tips for integrating singles and families as well as pitfalls to avoid. Read full story»

Church's spirit withstands the fire

MINNEAPOLIS (UMNS) - More than two months after fire destroyed Walker Community United Methodist Church's building, the south Minneapolis congregation keeps going strong. Read and watch KSTP-TV story»

Legal clinics for young immigrants

WASHINGTON (UMNS) - Young, unauthorized immigrants across the United States began this week to apply for temporary relief to live and work openly under an Obama administration program. Justice for Our Neighbors, a United Methodist ministry, will offer legal aid to immigrants in their applications.

Find a legal clinic near you»

Training malaria fighters

ACCRA, Ghana (UMNS) - Representatives of African nations' health boards charged with overseeing governance of malaria programs throughout Africa are gathered until Aug. 17 for training at the Pan-Africa Summit. The United Methodist Church's Imagine No Malaria campaignand the United Methodist Committee on Relief sponsored the gathering. Read full story»

Anti-Poverty Summit III slated

CAMP HILL, Pa. (UMNS) - United Methodist Advocacy in Pennsylvania's Anti-Poverty Summit III will feature three United Methodist leaders in ministry with the poor. The gathering is scheduled for Oct.7-8 at Camp Hill United Methodist Church. Speakers include the Rev. Mike Slaughter, lead pastor of Ginghamsburg Church in Ohio; the Rev. Lorenza Andrade-Smith, who sold her possessions for ministry in the streets; and the Rev. Faith Fowler, director of Cass Community Social Services in Detroit. Registration is $75. Learn more and register»

Partnering in Indiana tornado recovery

MARION COUNTY, Ind. (UMNS) - The Indiana Annual (regional) Conference is helping to "Raise the Roof Over Southern Indiana." The conference is working with Habitat for Humanity as part of the recovery from this spring's tornadoes. Read about conference action»

Read the story»

Bishop seeks healing of Korea

CHICAGO (UMNS) - In an Aug. 15 pastoral letter, Bishop Hee-Soo Jung marked Korea's Liberation Day by asking for relief after flooding that has taken its toll from the Philippines to Korea. He also wrote with a heavy heart that the "artificial boundaries" between North and South Korea "mean that these disasters are more harmful." Jung, who leads the Northern Illinois Annual Conference and will lead the Wisconsin Conference starting next month, is a native of Korea. Read full letter»

To help UMCOR with flood relief»

'Strength for Service' gets new life

NASHVILLE, Tenn.The agency responsible for ministries to and with United Methodist Men units is creating a new organization, Strength for Service, which will continue the publication of a World War II book of daily devotions as well as publish and distribute a new book of daily devotions for community-service employees and volunteers. Read full story»

Learn more about Strength for Service»

Bennett College sets 'Long Walk'

GREENSBORO, N.C. (UMNS) - The National Alumnae Association of United Methodist-related Bennett College will sponsor "The Long Walk: Rededicating Ourselves to Alma Mater Bennett" and worship service at 9:45 a.m. Aug. 19. Alumnae will gather at the home of Esther Terry, interim president and a Bennett alumna. They will walk with her to the Annie Merner Pfeiffer Chapel for worship. Bennett College is a historically black college for women.

Aggieland churchgoers honor shooting victims

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (UMNS) - Claude Debussy's Clair de Lune played softly throughout the A&M United Methodist Church sanctuary as about 50 people filled the pews on the evening of Aug. 13. The vigil was one of several in response to a shooting near the Texas A&M campus that cost the lives of a Brazos County constable, a bystander and the suspected gunman. Read The Eagle's story»

U.M. Paralympian goes for the gold

LONDON (UMNS) - United Methodist wheelchair racer Tatyana McFadden is going for the gold at the 2012 Paralympics Games, slated for Aug. 29-Sept. 9 in London. McFadden, 23, is a student at the University of Illinois. No stranger to the Paralympics, she garnered silver and bronze medals in Athens in 2004 and in Beijing four years later. This year, she and her 16-year-old sister, Hannah, will both be competing in the 100-meter race. Tatyana McFadden's website»

Her Facebook page» UMTV story on McFadden»

Connecting spirituality and art

TIPP CITY, Ohio (UMNS) - Artist Trish McKinney confesses that she often struggles to spend quiet time with God, but she can talk to God through art. McKinney and Kim Miller, the campus and worship designer for Ginghamsburg Church, a United Methodist congregation, conducted a workshop that linked spirituality and art. Read full story»

New head for church-planting office

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - The Rev. Candace Lewis, now a New Church Starts Strategist, has been named executive director of the New Church Starts (Path 1) staff team at the United Methodist Board of Discipleship. She begins her new role effective Sept. 17. Lewis, an ordained elder with membership in the Florida Annual (regional) Conference, also will be part of the agency's leadership team. Read full story»

'Space Coast' church grows disciples

TITUSVILLE, Fla. (UMNS) - Four-and-a-half years ago, St. Andrew United Methodist Church had dwindled to 67 members, and there was talk of closing its doors for good. Now the church has rebounded in a big way. See how they did it»

Watch more videos from the Florida Annual (regional) Conference»

Bridging cultural divides

LINTHICUM, Md. (UMNS) - A pastor recalled how a member of his congregation told him not to speak Spanish on his cell-phone message: "You're in America. Speak English." Another shared the pain of leaving his native culture at the sanctuary door because it didn't fit with his new church. These two were among more than 125 who attended last July's boot camp for cross-racial and cross-cultural appointments. Read full story»

Prayers asked for youth, young adults

NEW YORK (UMNS) - In honor of United Nations International Youth Day, which was Aug. 12, the World Methodist Council asks its member churches to offer special prayers for youth and young adults this week. The World Methodist Council also shares aU.N. survey seeking input on issues of concern to young people.

Motown mission ministry sets record

DETROIT (UMNS) - For eight years, the Motown Mission Experience has been calling out around the world to Christians ready for a brand-new beat. The ministry - part of the United Methodist Young Leaders Initiative - has helped 600 participants this year, a record number, connect with volunteer opportunities across Detroit. Read full story»

UMTV: Growing Hope in the Philippines

MANILA, The Philippines (UMNS) - The Dumagat people are a native tribe in the Philippines. Their ancestors hunted and gathered across huge areas. Today the Dumagats' rights and way of life are challenged, but the United Methodist Committee on Relief is working to empower the Dumagat people and equip them for a changing world. Watch UMTV video»

Blog: T-shirt evangelism

SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. (UMNS) - The Rev. Dan R. Dick recounts the conversations he has provoked when he has worn church-related clothing including his "Got Fruit?" T-shirt. Dick is the director of connectional ministries in the Wisconsin Annual (regional) Conference Read full blog post»

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