"I feel it all the time — this constant awareness that I could use a drink, or I'm really hungry. But every time that becomes a conscious thought, I turn it into a prayer. That's the purpose of fasting; it forces me to be conscious of God and God's presence all the time." — The Rev. Wes Magruder
Pastor joins Ramadan fast
ROWLETT, Texas (UMNS) — The Rev. Wes Magruder, senior associate pastor of First United Methodist Church of Rowlett, is abstaining from food and drink during daylight hours in solidarity with Muslims during the holy month of Ramadan. “I have no doubt that Muslims and Christians worship the same God,” says Magruder.
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Ecumenical agency responds to shooting
OAK CREEK, Wis. (UMNS) — The United Methodist Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns, the denomination’s ecumenical agency, issued a statement Aug. 7 in response to the Aug. 5 shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin. “May nonviolence, compassion, and love prevail; and may we all live into the great truth that all people are brothers and sisters of one another,” said the Rev. Steve Sidorak Jr., the agency’s top executive. The Rev. Deborah Thompson, a district superintendent in Wisconsin, and five United Methodist clergy who are natives of India plan to visit the temple in a show of support on Friday, Aug. 10.
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Sikh attack inspires community vigil
OAK CREEK, Wis. (UMNS) — People of faith shed tears and sang at a special worship service Aug. 6 at Oak Creek Community United Methodist Church in the aftermath of the fatal attack on the local Sikh temple. “They joined in prayer and hope that a stronger community would emerge from this,” the Rev. Paul Armstrong told the Journal Sentinel.
UMCOR assists in Philippines flooding
MANILA, Philippines (UMNS) — A call for help from a fishing community struck by a storm surge was answered by United Methodist Committee on Relief staff and volunteers in the Philippines.
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ARLINGTON, Va. (UMNS) — More than 200 people gathered at Aldersgate United Methodist Church on Aug. 3 for the commissioning of 34 Young Adults in Mission. It was the most diverse group ever, representing seven countries, according to the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries.
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