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UMNS Weekly Digest - October 28, 2016

Top viewed stories from Oct. 21 - Oct. 28. See all United Methodist News Service stories at umc.org/news.

 

Mission agency completes Atlanta move

ATLANTA (UMNS) — During an Oct. 20 dedication service and reception, the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries officially celebrated its new Atlanta home in the renovated buildings of Grace United Methodist Church. The move is the result of an October 2014 decision. Linda Bloom has the story.

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Mission agency: 'From everywhere to everywhere'

Mission agency to open 3 global offices, Atlanta HQ

 

Varied reaction to Way Forward Commission

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — United Methodists are responding to the Commission on a Way Forward membership with a mix of praise and deep concern about who is not at the table. If anything, the varied responses underline the tough task before this international body of United Methodists charged with preserving denominational unity despite divisions regarding homosexuality. Heather Hahn and Kathy L. Gilbert report.

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Bishops name commission members

 

UMCOR grants target U.S. flooding

ATLANTA (UMNS) — Nearly $2 million for disaster response funding for flooding in four U.S. states was approved during the annual fall board meeting of the United Methodist Committee on Relief. Linda Bloom has the story.

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On-boarding boosts new bishops

ATLANTA (UMNS) — New and newly assigned bishops of the Southeastern Jurisdiction say they’ve gotten a faster start in their jobs thanks to on-boarding. Claire Bowen, a United Methodist and corporate consultant, provided the training, which seeks to provide early, candid dialogue between leaders and their staffs. Sam Hodges reports.

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Liberian United Methodists hold prayer revivals

MONROVIA, Liberia (UMNS) — In response to a pastoral letter issued by interim Bishop Arthur F. Kulah, the Liberia Annual Conference has launched a series of prayer revivals intended to return The United Methodist Church in Liberia to its Wesleyan roots. The call for prayer comes as the church prepares to transition to new leadership. Julu Swen reports.

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Malaria, other illnesses up since Ebola

BO, Sierra Leone (UMNS) — Staff at United Methodist hospitals in Sierra Leone report increases in the number of patients with malaria since the end of the 2014-15 Ebola outbreak. Doctors cite a number of reasons for higher infection rates, including the interruption of some prevention efforts during Ebola. Cases of typhoid fever, hepatitis and high blood pressure also are on the rise. Sierra Leone communicator Phileas Jusu reports.

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Bishop Alsted re-elected

FREDRIKSTAD, Norway (UMNS) — Bishop Christian Alsted has been re-elected as a United Methodist bishop by delegates at the Northern Europe and Eurasia Central Conference. He talked about the impact of increased migration and the church’s homosexuality debate on ministry in his area. Karl Anders Ellingsen reports.

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Syrian refugees embraced by Boise church

BOISE, Idaho (UMC.org) — The Bible instructs to welcome the stranger. Cathedral of the Rockies First United Methodist Church is helping refugees resettle, including recent refugees from Syria.

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U.S. Rep. Cleaver talks faith, voting

DURHAM, N.C. (UMNS) — U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II, a United Methodist elder and congressman from Kansas City, Missouri, was recently in North Carolina to get out the vote. The Rev. Michael Rich of the Western North Carolina Conference interviewed Cleaver about his life of faith and politics. “Everybody who is a citizen should vote,” Cleaver said.

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Pastor helped unite Great Plains, Zimbabwe

WICHITA, Kan. (UMNS) — The Great Plains Conference partnership with United Methodists in Zimbabwe owes much to the Rev. A. Mark Conard, who made multiple trips to the African country and championed support for its pastors and churches. Conard died Oct. 18, at age 68, after a 42-year ministry career. David Burke of the Great Plains Conference has the story.

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Bishop: Celebrate enduring saints Nov. 1

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. (UMNS) — “It has been said that saints have the light of Christ shining through them,” writes Bishop Peggy Johnson in a blog celebrating All Saints’ Day, which is observed on Nov. 1. While viewing a historic church’s stained-glass windows depicting saints of old, she recalls the dark, painful struggles many of those saints endured.

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How to use your church's history for good

DALLAS (UMCOM) — Church leaders can use the history of their congregation, community or denomination in multiple ways, including as a tool to build community awareness. Clay Morgan, writing for United Methodist Communications, offers tips.

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Commentary: Wesley opposed strict orthodoxy

COTTONWOOD, Ariz. (UMNS) — In the ongoing debate about homosexuality in The United Methodist Church, one of the main arguments is about the importance of adhering to The Book of Discipline and church law. The Rev. Edwin Womack, a retired United Methodist pastor, has a different take: Founder John Wesley opposed such rigidity and preached that God’s grace is available to all.
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Failure to love doesn't explain schism prospect

BILLINGS, Mont. (UMNS) — Rick Stiles, a lifelong United Methodist, doesn’t believe a failure to love is the reason The United Methodist Church faces the prospect of schism. Stiles writes in response to a recent blog post by retired Bishop Kenneth Carder.
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Subscribe to get United Methodist news in French

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — The French Desk of United Methodist Communications has announced “La Porte,” a new monthly e-newsletter for Francophone United Methodists and others interested in getting news about the church in French. “La Porte,” which means “the gateway,” will provide useful information and resources about the faith journey of the church.

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Wingfield heading to California-Pacific Conference

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — The Rev. Myron Wingfield has been named executive director of connectional ministries for the California-Pacific Conference. He has served as the associate general secretary for the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry’s Division of Ordained Ministry since 2012.

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Subscribe to get United Methodist news in French

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — The French Desk of United Methodist Communications has announced “La Porte,” a new monthly e-newsletter for Francophone United Methodists and others interested in getting news about the church in French. “La Porte,” which means “the gateway,” will provide useful information and resources about the faith journey of the church.

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Read more United Methodist news in French

 

Wingfield heading to California-Pacific Conference

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — The Rev. Myron Wingfield has been named executive director of connectional ministries for the California-Pacific Conference. He has served as the associate general secretary for the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry’s Division of Ordained Ministry since 2012.

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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, email newsdesk@umcom.org and put Digest in the subject line.

 

Month of November

Native American Heritage Month — Native Americans have enriched Christian worship and ministry, and indeed Native Americans ministers were the first to bring Methodism to the Oklahoma Territory. United Methodist Discipleship Ministries offers worship resources to celebrate this heritage. See resources

 

Tuesday, Nov. 1

All Saints' Day — United Methodist Discipleship Ministries offers prayers and a family litany for this day when Christians celebrate the people who have joined the Church Triumphant. Resources

 

More upcoming United Methodist events