Daily Digest - August 8, 2018

“Christians are called to respond to situations of great suffering such as this.” — From Great Plains Conference resolution on immigration.


NEWS AND FEATURES

Conferences unite on welcoming immigrants
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — While United Methodists differ on how the denomination should regard homosexuality, they speak with much broader agreement on immigration. Heather Hahn has an overview of how annual conferences around the world are responding to current events.
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Charlottesville clergy hope for peaceful weekend
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (UMNS) — Members of the Charlottesville Clergy Collective, including United Methodist ministers, will be a major force in the efforts to maintain peace as the city marks the first anniversary of a “Unite the Right” rally that turned deadly. Richard Lord reports.
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UMNS: Church shelters protesters amid deadly turmoil 

Young adults in Angola aid struggling orphanage
CACUACO, Angola (UMNS) — Young adults from Bethel United Methodist Church in Luanda brightened the day of students at Little Seed Center school and orphanage with gifts of rice, sugar, pasta, oil and maize flour, as well as teaching resources. The struggling center is home to 100 children ages 4 to 18. Orlando da Cruz has the story.
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United Methodist Men
United Methodist Men plan beyond GC2019
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Commission on United Methodist Men is looking beyond the special General Conference in February. The 20-member commission’s focus is on ways to expand ministries to men, Scouting and other youth-serving agencies. Rich Peck reports.
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World Council of Churches
Singing the WCC’s 70th birthday
DALLAS — C. Michael Hawn, a professor at Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology, was among those who submitted a song to use during the World Council of Churches’ birthday celebration on Aug. 23. Hawn learned the song, “We’ve Come a Long Way, Lord,” from Liberians who had fled their country’s civil war. Today, the song offers hope for unity.
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Read about WCC’s 70th celebration 


PRESS RELEASES

United Theological Seminary
Seminary closer to being debt-free
DAYTON, Ohio — United Theological Seminary, a United Methodist seminary, announced the sale of unused property to a growing Hispanic congregation. The sale brings the seminary a step closer toward its goal of being debt-free by its 150th anniversary in 2021.
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Wespath
Showing how social-purpose lending works
GLENVIEW, Ill. — For nearly 30 years, the United Methodist pension agency has used its Positive Social Purpose Lending Program to support affordable housing and community development in the United States as well as microfinance opportunities around the globe. Wespath, as the agency is now known, has put together an infographic to showcase that work.
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