Daily Digest - August 14, 2017

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"As horrible and scary as everything was at the supremacist rally, what will stay with me for the rest of my life is so very many good people coming together. They came together to ensure the safety and security of the most vulnerable among us." — The Rev. Phil Woodson, associate pastor at First United Methodist Church in Charlottesville, Virginia.

At Sunday worship, pastors decry racism

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (UMNS) — After witnessing the white supremacy that led to violence in Charlottesville, United Methodist pastors scrambled to rewrite sermons and find other ways to bear witness against racism. Heather Hahn reports on the denomination’s response to the violence.
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Church shelters protesters amid deadly turmoil

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (UMNS) — First United Methodist Church provided a safe space for demonstrators after turmoil around a white nationalist rally turned deadly. And United Methodists were among demonstrators from 14 states who protested the white supremacists. Richard Lord reports.
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Plenty of prophetic speaking at MARCHA

DALLAS (UMNS) — The 46th assembly of MARCHA, the Hispanic/Latino caucus of The United Methodist Church, offered lots of prophetic speaking on a range of topics, including protecting immigrants and reforming the denomination. The meeting also celebrated the 25th anniversary of the National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministry. Sam Hodges has the story.
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Author of Clinton devotions speaks to CNN

NEW YORK (CNN) — The Rev. Bill Shillady, head of the United Methodist City Society, spoke with CNN on Aug. 13 about North Korea, Charlottesville and Hillary Clinton’s interest in preaching as a United Methodist layperson. Shillady’s book, “Strong for a Moment Like This: The Daily Devotions of Hillary Rodham Clinton,” will be released by Abingdon Press on Aug. 15.
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A year of recovery in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, La. — In a video marking the first anniversary of devastating floods in her state, Louisiana Area Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey talks about the United Methodist response and the continuing need. “Friends, I said from the beginning that we are in this for the long haul,” she points out.
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Louisiana needs flood-recovery volunteers 

Teamwork, ingenuity help hard-of-hearing

NAPLES, Fla. — A system of wireless mikes and receivers helps hard-of-hearing members of a Sunday school class at North Naples United Methodist Church. Pat Smith, a member of the class, says there is an urgent need for churches to address how to reach the Deaf and hard-of-hearing.  Ed Scott reports for the Florida Conference. 
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Looking ahead

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.

Thursday, Aug. 17-Sunday, Aug. 20

School of Congregational Development 2017 — 9 a.m. EDT, Aug. 17-noon, Aug. 20. Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, 3180 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, Georgia. The event provides church leaders with the latest ideas, information, resources and training for creating vital ministries in existing churches. Sponsored by Path 1 of United Methodist Discipleship Ministries. Details


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