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UMNS Weekly Digest - July 14, 2017


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Duke Divinity School strives for diversity

DURHAM, N.C. (UMNS) — Less than a year into her tenure as dean of the Duke Divinity School, the Rev. Elaine Heath has faced challenges to her goal of bringing diversity to the United Methodist school. Kathy L. Gilbert has the story. 
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Read UMNS profiles of five diverse Duke Divinity students

Assisting those fleeing siege in Philippines

ILIGAN CITY, Philippines (UMNS) — United Methodists are helping some of the thousands displaced by the battle between government forces and Islamic State militants in Marawi City on the island of Mindanao over the past six weeks. Gladys Mangiduyos reports.
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Praying for peace in Marawi

Becoming fishers of young men

INDIANAPOLIS (UMNS) — United Methodist Men during their national gathering heard ideas on where to cast their nets to draw in millennial disciples. It starts with meeting them where they are. Heather Hahn has the story. 
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Making discipleship a 'contact sport'

INDIANAPOLIS (UMNS) — To follow Christ, get off the sidelines and onto the field. Some 600 United Methodist Men heard variations of this call and put it into action throughout the group's 12th National Gathering. Heather Hahn reports on the event with the theme "Discipleship: The Contact Sport."
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Filipino deaconess: 'Resistance is a gift'

QUEZON CITY, Philippines (UMNS) — A Filipino United Methodist deaconess has long fought for justice — most recently by helping to find safe harbors for those targeted in extrajudicial killings. Norma Dollaga also raises money for a school for indigenous people. Gladys Mangiduyos has the story.
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Clergy stand up to Charlottesville KKK rally

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (UMNS) — The Charlottesville Clergy Collective, which includes United Methodists, was among anti-racism organizations involved in the response to a July 8 rally of Ku Klux Klan members. Richard Lord reports.
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Reformation exhibition includes United Methodists

WITTENBERG, Germany (UMNS) — The United Methodist Church of Germany has organized a booth through July 17 in Wittenberg, Germany. Wittenberg is the city where Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of a church 500 years ago, setting off the Protestant Reformation. Klaus U. Ruof reports. 
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Judicial Council won't reconsider gay bishop ruling

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. (UMNS) — The United Methodist Judicial Council was unanimous in rejecting a motion by the Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops asking the denomination’s top court to reconsider its ruling in the case of a gay bishop. Kathy L. Gilbert reports. 
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Gay clergywoman's case heads to top court

DES MOINES, Iowa (UMNS) — The Rev. Anna Blaedel, a campus minister, faced a complaint after she told the Iowa Annual Conference last year that she is "a self-avowed practicing homosexual." Now, questions related to the dismissal of that complaint are heading to The United Methodist Church’s top court. Heather Hahn reports.
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Inmates learn to grow food

HARARE, Zimbabwe (UMNS) — Seventeen inmates at a prison in Harare have learned to grow food through a program organized by The United Methodist Church and the Zimbabwe Prison and Correctional Service, graduating with certificates in horticulture. Kudzai Chingwe reports. 
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Women are majority in general agency workforce

CHICAGO — A desk audit of The United Methodist Church’s general agencies, conducted by the Commission on the Status and Role of Women, showed that women comprise two-thirds of the general agency workforce. Fifty percent of those in the top position of general secretary are women, compared to 31 percent in a 2007 audit. See more on the 2017 audit results in the commission’s "Women by the Numbers."
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Pledges for peace in Korean Peninsula

LEIPZIG, Germany (WCC) — As part of the closing worship service for a forum on peace in the Korean Peninsula, a pastor from North Korea and a pastor from South Korea presided over Holy Communion together, while United Methodist Bishop Hee-Soo Jung of Wisconsin preached. "We’re connected to God, to Jesus, to each other," he said. "Our lives are connected — whether we like it or not." Faith representatives outlined an advocacy plan during the meeting, which was hosted by the World Communion of Reformed Churches and the World Council of Churches.
Bishop Jung’s reflection on Korea
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2017 annual conference reports 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — United Methodist News Service is posting all annual conference reports. New this week are California-Nevada, North Carolina, Rocky Mountain and Western North Carolina. 
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Racial-justice grant program gets started

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Racial-justice projects initiated and led by young people will receive financial support with funds allocated by the Connectional Table, Discipleship Ministries and two other United Methodist general agencies. Grants up to $2,500 will be available, starting in September. 
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Commentary: Bishop Ward on Hispanic ministries

GARNER, N.C. — The North Carolina Conference's Bishop Hope Morgan Ward and her cabinet are learning Spanish and planning an immersion trip to Guatemala. “Hispanic ministries are an important part of our life in mission together,” Ward writes, adding that this year marks the 25th anniversary of the denomination’s National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministry.
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Preparing for disaster in the Philippines

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines (UMNS) — In an effort to strengthen communication during times of crisis in the Philippines, a Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Program was held in Cebu. The event focused on utilizing offline communication tools such as ham radio. Mildred Arce has the story.
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How do we love our enemies?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (InfoServ) — Many Christians struggle with this question. Followers of Christ are called to love our enemies, but agape love is hard. InfoServ, a ministry of United Methodist Communications, looks to Scripture and the writings of John Wesley for guidance in the latest installment of Ask the UMC.
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Here are some of the activities ahead for United Methodists across the connection. If you have a United Methodist event to share, you can add it to the calendar with this submission form.

Monday, July 17-Friday, July 28

Online Lay Servant Workshop: Afire With God — Becoming Spirited Stewards. This online workshop challenges churches to go beyond thinking in terms of dollars contributed to seeing stewardship as becoming living examples of the Gospel. This course from United Methodist is eligible for 1.0 CEU and has been approved by Discipleship Ministries as an advanced course in Lay Servant Ministries. Details

Wednesday, July 19

MTSO's "An Evening on the Farm" — 6:30-8 p.m. EDT at Methodist Theological School in Ohio, 3081 Columbus Pike, Delaware, Ohio. Delicious locally grown food, live music and farm tours will highlight "An Evening on the Farm." The event offers a chance to learn about the school’s initiatives around sustainability and food justice, including academic classes around ecology, solar power, geothermal heating and cooling and Seminary Hill Farm. Tickets are $75 per person, of which $50 is a tax-deductible donation. Details

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