Daily Digest - December 3, 2014

“What’s most important is not what we say today, but what we do today." — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton at the World AIDS Day observance.

Dream big to end AIDS crisis

WASHINGTON (UMNS) — Those gathered at the World AIDS Day observance in the United Methodist Building on Capitol Hill were urged to dream big and make a difference in the lives of those who are affected and infected. Melissa Lauber of the Baltimore-Washington Conference reports.

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‘Methodist Day’ in Peru promotes creation care

LIMA, Peru (UMNS) — In conjunction with the U.N. Lima Climate Change Conference and the People’s Summit on Climate Change, the Methodist Church of Peru is promoting “Methodist Day” on Dec. 8. The program will include workshops, music, theater presentations and a faith-based panel on “Caring for Creation.”

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Churches cradle pastor’s daughter who has brain tumor

CINCINNATI (UMNS) — Since 15-month old Tillery Phillips was diagnosed with a brain tumor, churches and individuals have reached out with gifts and prayers and have posted photos of supporters wearing “Tillery is Loved” T-shirts. “It’s a testament of how great it is to be United Methodist,” said the Rev. Joe Phillips, Tillery’s father and pastor at Daisy United Methodist Church in Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee. Annette Spence reports from the Holston Conference.

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Pastor, ministry celebrated for homeless youth shelter

BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. (UMNS) — Officials from Brooklyn Park and surrounding communities honored the Rev. Rachel McIver Morey and Mosaic ministry for driving the construction of a shelter for homeless youth. Mosaic was started as a new church but is now a ministry working to address the needs of homeless kids. Christa Meland of the Minnesota Conference has the story.

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Advent Reflection: Waiting on the Light

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — What are some ways to see the season of Advent with fresh eyes and renewed energy? Watch and download this video, which explains the symbols and meanings associated with Advent. MaryJane Pierce Norton shares ideas about how we can center ourselves on the peace, love, and joy that emerge throughout this season.

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Dec. 3 Advent quiz question

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — How did Mary get the news that she was having a baby? You can test your knowledge of the season with the daily UMC.org Advent quiz.

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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, email [email protected] and put Digest in the subject line.

Tuesday, Dec. 9
Free webinar "What to Preach Next: 'Love. Period'" — 10 a.m. CT. The Rev. Rudy Rasmus will discuss his new book in this Discipleship Ministries webinar. When we say, “I choose to love. Period," he says, we are signaling to the world that a revolution has taken place in our hearts. Details.

You can see more educational opportunities and other upcoming events in the life of the church here.

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