Daily Digest - August 27, 2012

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"I can't tell you how many times people say to me, 'Well, I know Friday is your day off, but... .' I know maybe two clergy that I think of as being good at [setting] boundaries, and they get a lot of flak about it." - The Rev. Jeanette Hicks, associate pastor in Jacksonville, N.C.

Bishop accused of encouraging disobedience

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - More than 70 United Methodist clergy and lay people in the United States have sent an open letter to the Council of Bishops accusing retired Bishop Melvin G. Talbert of encouraging disobedience to the denomination's stance on homosexuality. The letter urges bishops when they next meet to "publicly censure" Talbert.
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Is pastor's self-care selfish?

DURHAM, N.C. (UMNS) - Caught up in the day-to-day demands of ministry, clergy often find it difficult to take time to attend to their health. But, in North Carolina, United Methodist clergy are learning that it's more than OK to care for themselves.
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Joplin church to reopen worship center

JOPLIN, Mo. (UMNS) - The rebuilding of the worship center at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, left in ruins after the May 22, 2011 tornado that destroyed part of the city of Joplin, is nearly complete after a year of construction.
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Sales agreement for Publishing House property

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - The Board of Directors of The United Methodist Publishing House has voted unanimously to agree to sell the 201 8th Ave. S. building, adjacent Cokesbury store, and several nearby parking lots in Nashville. The directors agreed to sign a sales agreement after being approached by a group of investors. The sales arrangement is not yet final and the closing will not occur until the end of 2012.
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Worship attendance resource available

WASHINGTON (UMNS) - To help churches improve worship attendance, the Lewis Center for Church Leadership is offering a free 10-minute video with practical suggestions.
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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 with others, email [email protected] and put Digest in the subject line.

Aug. 28 - Webinar for adult small groups on "How Adults Learn, Part 1: The Emotional Aspect of Learning," 6:30 p.m. CDT, United Methodist Board of Discipleship. Free. To register and see archived webinars.

Sept. 1 - Early bird registration ends for "Wesleyan Leadership Conference," Nov. 1-3, Nashville, Tenn., United Methodist Board of Discipleship. Details and registration.

Sept. 6 - Dialogues on Faith - The first of six interfaith dialogues focusing on increasing mutual understanding of different faiths at Scarritt-Bennett Center, 1009 19th Ave. S., Nashville, Tenn. Registration deadline is Sept. 4. Details

Sept. 8 - United Methodists and other volunteers will team up with radio personality Delilah and Glidden Paint to transform the exterior of buildings in the Lawrenceville community of Pittsburgh. Details.


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