Daily Digest - August 21, 2017

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“One of the great things about this conference is to be able to sing songs in different languages.” 
— Angela Bullard, a member of the Lakota Sioux tribe, on the Native American Summer Conference at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. 


Native Americans gather at summer conference 

LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. (UMNS) — Several generations from 10 tribes gathered at the Native American Summer Conference to share prayers, songs, stories, fellowship and heritage. Kathleen Barry has a photo essay and story. 
Read story and see photos 

Board raises bishops' pay, starts budget work

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — The board of the denomination’s finance agency approved a 3 percent pay increase for most United Methodist bishops next year. The General Council on Finance and Administration board also reviewed plans for the 2021-2024 general church budget. Heather Hahn reports.
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More than 30 bishops issue statements against racism

WASHINGTON — More than 30 United Methodist bishops have issued statements condemning racism after the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Many called on United Methodists to pray and stand against hatred of any kind. 
Read press release 

Bishop's team helps churches in crisis

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A new 19-member Bishop’s Response Team now stands ready to support congregations across the Alabama-West Florida Conference in times of crisis. The conference’s Kari Barlow reports on how the team will help during traumatic events.
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Ministry focuses on IDs for homeless

WASHINGTON — With help and spiritual support from Foundry United Methodist Church, Cleveland Thompson got an ID. Now he has a new car, an apartment and a job working for the government. Amber C. Strong of CBN News reports on the church’s ID ministry with the homeless.
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Global Mission Fellow's response to tragedy at home

FRANKFURT, Germany — Yvonne Agduyeng, a Global Missions Fellow from the Pacific Northwest Conference, was working with refugees half a world away in Germany when she learned of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. She writes that listening to sermons online and reading blogs by fellow United Methodists has helped her feel not alone. 
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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.

Monday, Aug. 28-Saturday, Sept. 16

Online Lay Servant Workshop: Living Our United Methodist Beliefs — This online workshop explores the history, heritage, beliefs, mission and culture of The United Methodist Church for anyone — newcomer or longtime member — who wants to know what’s distinctive about being a United Methodist Christian. This class is one of the core Lay Servant Ministries classes, but everyone is welcome. This class has been approved by Discipleship Ministries as an advanced course in Lay Servant Ministries and is the “heritage” class required for Lay Speaker certification. This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU. Price: $70. Details

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